Prairie View A&M University Panther Stadium
Prairie View A&M University was long overdue for a stadium. The wooden benches had not changed much since when the team was in its heyday and won 5 titles between 1953-1964. In 2009, the Panthers broke a long losing streak and won the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in 2009. The university made sweeping building improvements campus wide, while some fans had to watch games played on a field in disrepair from behind a perimeter fence because the 6,000-seat stadium was at capacity.
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. The new Prairie View A&M sports complex features a full synthetic turf field with 15,000 seat capacity, and the infrastructure to expand to 30,000. It features 12 private suites and press box for media operations with an athletic facility immediately adjacent to the north.
The conveniently located 56,000 square foot athletic building features 3 levels with coaches offices, conference rooms, work/multi-purpose rooms, offensive and defensive meeting rooms, sports medicine suites, hydrotherapy, exam rooms, storage, treatment, wet storage, strength training with juice bar. It also includes locker rooms for home and visitor football teams, and men’s and women’s soccer and track.
The new stadium and athletic facilities now reflect the bright future of Panther football.