Media Advisory: Rice to hold ceremonial groundbreaking for Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center


David Ruth

Rice to hold ceremonial groundbreaking for Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center

HOUSTON – (March 3, 2015) – Rice University will break ground on the $31.5 million, 60,000-square-foot Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center at 2 p.m. March 10 in Section 107 (near the north end zone) of Rice Stadium. The event is free and open to the public.

Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center

The two-story structure will house a weight room, a home-team locker room, coaching and staff offices, an auditorium that will seat 150 people, a football team lounge and areas for training and sports medicine that include hydrotherapy, plunge pools and exam rooms. The weight room and sports medicine areas will be available to student-athletes from all sports at Rice.

Who:  Remarks will be made by Rice President David Leebron, Rice Board of Trustees Chair Bobby Tudor, Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard, head football coach David Bailiff and alumnus Brian Patterson, a three-year letterman in football who provided the naming gift for the facility.

What: Groundbreaking for the Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center; the ceremony will involve shovels and sand.

When: 2 p.m. March 10.

Where: Media and the public will gather in Section 107, the northwest corner inside Rice Stadium, Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. A stage will be set up on the field.

A live construction camera is now available. To monitor progress of the project, click here.

The Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center will have a glass wall on the side facing the football field that offers a view of the weight rooms on the ground and second floors. The other three sides will be made of brick that complements the color of the brick on the rest of the stadium. White columns supporting the roof will be similar to the columns in other parts of the stadium. A concrete ramp will provide access to the football field.

The tarp-covered concrete area by the north end zone will be torn down to make room for the building. Part of the $31.5 million cost includes a $500,000 project to relocate electrical switchgear in that area; storm and sewer lines will be rerouted.

The project should be completed in time for the 2016 football season.

Media note: For this event, media should park in the south end-zone lot. Golf carts will be provided to transport members of the media and their gear through the player tunnel down to the field and to Section 107.

The public should park in the Greenbriar lot.

If it’s raining, the groundbreaking will be held in the concourse area of Section 107 inside the stadium.

Rice Athletics will provide a multbox for the program. Following the brief program, speakers will be available for one-on-one interviews on the field.


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About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.