Baylor on new stadium: "Right on track"
UPDATED: Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:38pm
Waco, TX — Baylor's football season kicks off in two weeks. This will be the last year they play at Floyd Casey Stadium.
In May, Baylor gave the first tour of its $260 million riverfront stadium.
Back then it was a big pile of wood and rebar. Now, with concrete beginning to fill in, the dream of a first-class facility is finally starting to take shape.
“Three months goes by quick. A lot has occurred since May,” said Brian Nicholson of Baylor's facilty department. “We are setting precast risers. We have construction underway for the suites and the press level. A lot of concrete has gone up in the past three weeks and we anticipate it will continue.”
With a lofty goal of opening the state-of-the-art stadium next fall, construction crews are working around the clock.
“We are working two shifts right now. We start at six in the morning and go until nine at night. We’re working six days a week,” said Nicholson. “As of this morning we had roughly 450 workers on site and that number will peak to about 600 or 700 this fall.”
The path along the river looks very appealing, and is light years away from what it looked like in May.
Nicholson said the entire project is about 40% complete.
And luckily for Baylor and the rest of Waco, the contractors feel comfortable at where they are at right now.
“We are right on track. We have two dates here: The critical date is August 30, 2014. Which is the first home football game. We’re ahead of that. We have some buffer time built in to go through a checklist and what not, but we're a little past the date we want for that but we are well in advance for the first football game.”