University of Houston board approves $20 million facility

On Thursday, the University of Houston Board of Regents approved a design plan to build a $20 million practice facility next to TDECU Stadium. The University of Houston has already raised $5.7 million toward the project. The indoor football practice facility will be 80,000 square feet and will include a 120-yard turf field and a football-only sports performance area.

“This is the next piece of the puzzle for our football program to give them the assistance they need to compete and recruit on a national level,” UH vice president of intercollegiate athletics Hunter Yurachek said.

The construction of the new practice facility ties into coach Tom Herman’s contract. He signed a five-year deal in December that includes a buyout tied to the completion of the facility. The buyout decreases by 75% if the project is not near or at completion by December of 2018.

The facility will need final approval from the board before moving into construction phase, likely to take place next fall.

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