Sited along the Brazos River, the new McLane Stadium is an emerging centerpiece of Baylor’s sports programs along the riverfront. A sweeping pedestrian bridge spanning the river connects the stadium site to the university campus. The location creates a stronger connection to the main campus and gives students the opportunity to walk from classrooms and dorms to sporting events, enlivening the pathways between realms. As the riverfront fills up with excitement, visitors are immersed in a unique game day and tailgating experience.
Planting beds, turf, native grasses, seeded areas, and indigenous plants around the stadium compose a new planting palette, including ornamental grasses and wildflowers. Geotextiles and native plantings control erosion around the river and foster habitat creation and biodiversity. A double row of heritage live oaks provide shading and scale in key pedestrian areas.