Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium – Texas Longhorn Football
As Texas Football moves into the 21st century, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium continues to evolve as a state-of-the-art facility at the forefront of college football.
Currently, the Longhorns’ locker room is undergoing renovations that will be completed for the 2011 season, featuring 135 new wide-space lockers connected to a state-of-the art exhaust system. It will also include a nutrition bar, a lounge area with gaming stations, a 60-inch LED screen in the center of room along with five other LED screens throughout the area, and a new sound system and speakers.
In 2009, south end zone seating was upgraded and expanded, increasing the stadium’s capacity to 100,119, making it the sixth-largest collegiate stadium in the country and the largest in the southwest.
In addition, renovations were completed on the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center (MNAC) that provided a new football academic center approximately three times the size of the previous area, along with a new indoor practice area, defensive meeting room, hall of fame and a newly-designed facility entrance.
Also, in June of 2009, installation of a new FieldTurf playing surface was completed, providing a state-of-the art surface that not only holds up to challenging weather conditions, but also allows the stadium to be a multi-use facility.
In 2008, renovations to the north end zone, named the Red McCombs Red Zone, were completed with the addition of an upper deck, approximately 2,100 club seats and 47 suites. That end of the stadium also includes a new academic center for UT athletics, a war memorial plaza and a food court.
Including the 2007 renovations to the lower deck of the north end zone, the project added a total of approximately 9,000 additional seats, raising capacity to 94,113 for the 2008 season.
Two major upgrades were made for the 2006 season, including a new video board and temporary bleacher seating in the south end zone, which expanded the stadium’s capacity by over 4,000 seats to a total of 85,123.
At the time, the scoreboard was the nation’s largest high-definition video display board and remains the largest in collegiate athletics thanks to DAKtronics. The $8-million Prostar Video Board is 55 feet high by 134 feet wide and offers complete flexibility, with the capability to show one large single video image, multiple video images and a combination of live or recorded video with real time scores and stats, out-of-town game information, sponsors’ messages, graphics and animation.
In the past few years, the stadium has also had renovations to the press box, the Carpenter-Winkel Centennial Room and other renovations to the interior of the MNAC, most notably to the players’ lounge.
The stadium was previously renovated in August 1999 with the removal of the track and the lowering of the field by six feet to allow the addition of several rows of seats.
It was part of a project that included removal of the artificial turf from the stadium, construction of the Frank Denius Fields practice facility, the Red & Charline McCombs Field (softball), the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium, and extensive remodeling of DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium/Jamail Field and the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center.
The first stages of the ambitious project were completed in 1996. They included the installation of a sophisticated grass playing field in the stadium and the completion of the Frank Denius Fields.
Progress continued in 1997 with the addition of 14 stadium suites on the west side. The first major construction to the facility since the upper deck was added in 1972 also included a total remodeling of the underside of the stands, including a new concession plaza and a visitors’ locker room in the northwest corner of the stadium.
The changes that took place at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium for the 1998 football season included the addition of a 5,000-seat upper deck on the east side. The massive construction included 52 new stadium suites and a 13,000-square-foot private club room.
In the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center, significant expansion and upgrades included a new locker room, training room, trophy room, players’ lounge, football academic center and an addition almost doubling the space in the strength and conditioning area.
The football coaching and academic staffs were moved to the facility, housing the key elements of the entire football program in a single complex for the first time.
The final phase of the construction began shortly after the 1998 season ended, when the 75-year-old stadium floor was excavated to a depth of six feet to allow a reconfiguration and addition of seats and the removal of the track to provide a more intimate football setting.
The stadium was originally dedicated on Thanksgiving Day in 1924, after the UT student body decided to name the stadium in honor of the 198,520 Texans who fought in World War I and the 5,280 who lost their lives doing so. In 1977, the stadium was rededicated to veterans of all wars.
Largest Crowds at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
1. 101,624 Rice 2011
2. 101,437 UCLA 2010
3. 101,357 Kansas 2009
4. 101,339 Wyoming 2010
5. 101,297 Texas Tech 2009
6. 101,152 Colorado 2009
7. 101,144 UTEP 2009
8. 101,096 ULM 2009
9. 101,003 Central Florida 2009
10. 100,995 BYU 2011
Texas’ All-Time Home Records (last updated 11/19/11)
All-time home record: 498-120-12 (.803)
At DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium (1924-present): 348-98-10 (.778)
At Clark Field (1896-1924): 136-21-2 (.862)
Prior to Clark Field (1893-95): 12-1 (.923)
Tale of the Turf
• Memorial Stadium’s field was natural grass from 1925-68.
• Artificial turf was first applied to the Memorial Stadium floor in summer 1969. The turf also was replaced in 1974, ’82 and ’89.
• UT returned to natural grass (Prescription Athletic Turf/PAT) in 1996.
• The field was lowered and the grass (PAT) was replaced in 1999.
• The PAT was replaced with TifSport Certified Bermuda grass in 2002.
• Natural grass was replaced with FieldTurf in 2009.
• Last game at Clark Field: Texas 7, Florida 7 (10/25/24)
• First game at Memorial Stadium: Baylor 28, Texas 10 (11/8/24)
• Memorial Stadium dedication game: Texas 7, Texas A&M 0 (11/27/24 – Thanksgiving Day)
• First night game: Texas Tech 20, Texas 14 (9/17/55)
• First game on Astro Turf: Texas 49, Texas Tech 7 (9/27/69)
• Last game on Astro Turf: Texas 21, Baylor 13 (11/23/95)
• First game at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium: Texas 40, Missouri 10 (8/31/96)
• DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium dedication game: Notre Dame 27, Texas 24 (9/21/96)
• Last game prior to track removal: Texas 26, Texas A&M 24 (11/27/98)
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