McLane Stadium at Baylor University

  • Location
    Waco, TX
  • Completion Date
    2015
  • Size
    93 acres
  • Team
    Architect: Populous
  • Awards
    • 2017: ASLA Texas Chapter Merit Award, Design – McLane Stadium at Baylor University
  • Photography
    Populous, Christy Radecic

About

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.

Curving swaths of planting along the main promenade punctuate seating areas for students, fans and alumni on the stadium side of the campus.

In high traffic areas, shaded courtyards, landscaped plazas with trees, and ornamental planting offer protection and pedestrian comfort.

McLane Stadium at Baylor University in the Lab

McLane Stadium at Baylor University

McLane Stadium at Baylor University

  • PLANTING
  • CARBON, ENERGY + AIR
  • SOCIAL
  • ECONOMICS

0

new trees planted on site, potentially intercepting 425,000 gallons of water, which is equal to the water usage for 425 American residents in one day

0lbs

of annual carbon sequestration, offsetting 12.5 cars per year

0+

visitors on game days

$0

cost of a seasonal boat slip that fans can purchas for a season to enjoy the Brazos River as a recreational amenity

PLANTING

0

new trees planted on site, potentially intercepting 425,000 gallons of water, which is equal to the water usage for 425 American residents in one day

CARBON, ENERGY + AIR

0lbs

of annual carbon sequestration, offsetting 12.5 cars per year

SOCIAL

0+

visitors on game days

ECONOMICS

$0

cost of a seasonal boat slip that fans can purchas for a season to enjoy the Brazos River as a recreational amenity