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Home | News | UTEP, GECU Partner on New Vision For Sun Bowl Stadium

UTEP, GECU Partner on New Vision For Sun Bowl Stadium

UTEP President Diana Natalicio, Director of Athletics Jim Senter and GECU President and CEO Crystal Long unveiled a vision for the future of Sun Bowl Stadium in a press conference on Friday at the Larry K. Durham Sports Center.

The project will bring spectacular, widespread enhancements to the 55-year-old iconic venue – from a new press box and Sky Lounge to the introduction of the GECU Terrace.  Other components of the Sun Bowl project include a renovated concourse with modernized fan amenities, restrooms and ADA capabilities.

“The planned renovation of Sun Bowl Stadium is a key step in our continued campus transformation that enhances the overall experience of our students, faculty, staff and visitors,” President Natalicio said. “We are grateful for the collaboration and support of our longtime community partner GECU as we begin modernizing this iconic facility that serves not only the UTEP campus but the entire region.”

“One of the most beautiful stadiums in college football will become even more breathtaking,” Senter said.  “We thank GECU for their partnership, their commitment and their investment in helping get this project underway.”

Located directly beneath the press box, the GECU Terrace will feature club seats, loge boxes and outdoor cantinas.  GECU Terrace will be a collaborative place for families to gather year-round to support UTEP, and will also impact the lives of community members through GECU’s financial education and free tax preparation initiatives.  It is targeted for completion in 2019, along with the all-new press box and Sky Lounge, which will replace the existing Captain’s Club.

“We’re excited to unveil the GECU Terrace,” Long said.  “As a proud partner with UTEP, we work together and share the common goal of improving lives for generations to come.”

For more information, visit the project website or contact the Miner Athletic Club via phone (915-747-8759) or e-mail (mac@utep.edu).

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While the initial information was provided by either UTEP or UTEP Athletics, it has been reviewed and copy-checked by a Herald-Post editor. In some cases, the text has been reformatted for better readability.

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2 comments

  1. Derrill Rothermich

    Thank you for covering Rhinos–which Times refuses to do.

  2. It’s still the same Sun Bowl stadium but with less seating! the club seats and loge boxes are going to take up more room from the bleacher seating space. Also the pressbox will still look the same except it will now have air conditioning and the captains club is being change to the Sky Lounge.
    Why not build a real modern pressbox like all other universities football stadiums have! and deck out the entire stadium with orange color stadium chairs like the green folding chairs over at Southwest University Park Stadium.
    Replacing the aluminum metal bleachers along with adding seating to the South end zone or the stadium.
    Do away with the soccer field accommodations and put back the Sun Bowl Stadium to it’s original setting on how it use to look before! for American football.
    The stadium is rarely ever used for hosting soccer events and it has never sold out to full capacity for any soccer games.
    The stadium itself could be better utilized in building a nice larger press box that has luxury box seats on one or two levels,a sky lounge with a quality restaurant and cantina on top including seating. And plenty of room on the bottom level for the press and the media to include concession stands and restrooms.
    But UTEP University officials never take the opinions from the El Paso fan base seriously. They build these expansions for themselves by making it look as if they are expanding the Sun Bowl when they are really downsizing it’s seating capacity.If the Sum Bowl committee wants to pay out more money to the visiting teams and attract better quality teams.Then they have to think outside the small orange club seats and do way better than these lame rendering plans. Not just cater to their own way of thinking and that of their special interest friends.

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