University of Houston Fertitta Center
A dramatic re-visioning of the University of Houston Basketball Center will transform the arena into a state-of-the-art collegiate sports facility.
The renovated facility will create a brand-new experience for fans, student-athletes, coaches, staff, and students. It will also support recruitment and retention of players and staff while increasing revenue-generation opportunities for the university.
An exterior renovation will include replacing the current precast panels at each corner of the long-span structure with a new curtain wall that introduces natural light, transparency, and a true sense of arrival for visitors.
Concourse improvements will transform the fan experience. Large entry lobbies at the northeast and southwest corners will provide visual connectivity from outside the building and into the seating bowl. These “fan zones” will feature a concentration of food service options and flexible gathering spaces.
The reconfigured bowl will move mid-court seating locations closer to game action with floor-level seating opposite the team benches for students. More than 700 premium seats will be developed to give fans luxury seating options. Renovations also include a new audio system, sports lighting, and video boards as well as new concession stands and expanded restrooms.
PGAL is teamed with Sports Architect AECOM on the project.
- New exterior curtain wall
- Renovated concourse that improves circulation and revenue opportunities
- Reconfigured bowl that brings fans closer to the action