Waco, TX — If you commute on Interstate 35 in North Waco, everyday you pass by Baylor’s new football stadium currently being constructed.
On Tuesday, Baylor gave a progress report on the state-of-the art facility.
Floyd Casey Stadium opened back in 1950 and has definitely served its purpose in the past 63 years.
Everybody knows football in Texas is big business and the money maker for most universities in the state. That’s why Baylor decided a couple of years ago it was time to start new by constructing a $250 million, riverfont stadium.
Brian Nicholson works in Baylor’s facilities department and has seen the school's growth in the past decade first hand.
“It’s huge when you compare it to Floyd Casey. From restrooms to the size, and where the seats are located. The video board too- you can’t even compare it. This stadium will be unbelievable when finished. One of the best in the country," said Nicholson.
“Ten years ago, if we would have laid out what we’ve accomplished or what we’ve done to this point, I would have called you a liar. I wouldn’t have believed it," said Nicholson.
It’s no coincidence that the recent success of Robert Griffin III, and the Baylor athletic program in general, was a catalyst to spur the project.
“When we first started talking about this project it was the beginning of RGIII's Heisman run," explained Nicholson. "And with every touchdown pass it became more and more clear that we were going do it. I think, just from the viewpoint from a spokesperson of the university, for athletics, for Baylor Nation, it has been incredible and the recent success certainly catapulted this project forward. This thing will be a great monument to our university.”