Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field

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Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field
Address1600 Stadium Drive
LocationPrairie View, TX
Coordinates30°5′28″N 95°59′40″W / 30.09111°N 95.99444°W / 30.09111; -95.99444Coordinates: 30°5′28″N 95°59′40″W / 30.09111°N 95.99444°W / 30.09111; -95.99444
OwnerPrairie View A&M University
OperatorPrairie View A&M University
Capacity15,000
SurfaceFieldTurf
Construction
Broke groundJanuary 30, 2015[1]
OpenedSeptember 4, 2016
Construction cost$61 million[2]
($63.7 million in 2018 dollars[3])
ArchitectPBK Architects[4]
Structural engineerWalter P Moore[5]
General contractorSkanska[6]
Tenants
Prairie View A&M Panthers (NCAA) (2016–present)

Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field is a stadium on the campus of Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. The venue is a multi-sport field used primarily for American football and is the home field of Prairie View A&M Panthers football. Initial capacity is 15,000 with future phases calling for expansion up to 30,000 being possible. The 15,000-seat stadium holds 10 skyboxes/suites and 500 premium seats, a field house featuring a large weight room, a dining area, academic support space, locker rooms and training rooms, and other amenities. The stadium's inaugural game was held on September 4, 2016 between Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.[7]

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Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field

The new stadium was announced in 2014. It would cost an estimated $60 million to build and would be built on the old Edward L. Blackshear Field. Led by Roy Perry, Prairie View A&M alums earned an estimated $30 million and started the Prairie View A&M Foundation in 2009. Those funds would be used for campus enhancements with $10 million being set aside for football stadium renovations. The Texas A&M board of regents approved the project in early 2015, and the old stadium was demolished that fall, forcing Prairie View A&M football to find a local high school to host their 2015 home games.[8] Prairie View A&M hopes the new stadium will increase enrollment in the school. Overall students raised nearly 2/3 of the funds to build the new stadium. Additional construction at and around the stadium includes a new U.S. Olympic track and a new soccer stadium.[2]

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  1. ^ "Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks Off $60 Million Stadium And Athletic Complex Project For PVAMU Athletics" (Press release). Prairie View A&M University. January 5, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Pattani, Aneri (June 23, 2016). "Prairie View A&M Hopes New Stadium Will Boost Enrollment". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "PVAMU To Hold Press Conference Regarding Status Of Football Stadium, Athletic Fieldhouse February 18" (Press release). Prairie View A&M University Department of Athletics. February 11, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "Prairie View A&M University Panther Stadium". Walter P Moore. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Skanska constructs football stadium in Prairie View, USA, for USD 53 M" (Press release). December 30, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  7. ^ Zwerneman, Brent (August 27, 2016). "New Football Stadium Ushers in Next Era at Prairie View A&M". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Prairie View A&M to Unveil New Stadium and Complex". Onnidan.com. Retrieved August 10, 2015.

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