The University of Houston has selected Manhattan Construction Company, which has handled some of the nation's top sports facilities, to build the Cougars' new football stadium.
Manhattan Construction Company joins UH's project which also includes PageSoutherlandPage and DLR Group as the architects.
"The most valuable thing that we bring to the University of Houston is our experience and our lessons learned from the various sports venues such as Reliant Stadium, Dallas Cowboys, the Apogee Stadium at University of North Texas as well as the Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass Stadium," said Duane Duffy, Manhattan Construction Company senior vice president-Houston division, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
"In my opinion, what's so important for us to help the University of Houston is we're able to take the team that just finished the Houston Dynamo and that team is going to go over to the new U of H stadium almost fully intact.
"That's very important too."
UH's new football stadium, which will be built on-campus where Robertson Stadium is now, is expected to cost $105 million and will hold 40,000 fans and could be expanded to a seating capacity of 60,000.
"Manhattan is certainly one of the best in the country," said Mack Rhoades, UH's athletics director.
"When you look at their resume, especially in the state of Texas, Reliant Stadium, Cowboys Stadium, to me those are the two best in the NFL. I think you can argue those are the two best athletics facilities in the entire country. What they did here with BBVA (Compass Stadium) recently and then what they did up in Denton, the North Texas Stadium, just a tremendous resume.
"For us it's like putting together a football team. We wanted to put together the best team that we possibly could and we think that we've done that with the architects now and then certainly the addition of Manhattan."