Feb. 2, 2012
Houston, Texas -
University of Houston students voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation to support a $45 per semester fee increase, which would allow the University to begin construction on a new football stadium at the completion of the 2012 football season.
The vote, which is pending UH Board of Regents approval, would also allow the University to begin a complete renovation of Hofheinz Pavilion, the home of Houston Basketball.
A record turnout of nearly 10,000 (9,923) votes were cast on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 12 polling locations across campus and 7,334 students voted in favor of the legislation. The voter turnout for a referendum was the largest in recorded University history.
"Today's announcement reemphasizes what we have said the last two years, the University of Houston has the most passionate student fan base in America and words simply can't describe the level of gratitude we feel towards the young men and women of our great campus. This is a statement moment for our university. Our students, led by our Student Government, rallied our campus and showed the country UH will be Tier One in every aspect.
"With board approval, we will push forward with the construction and renovation of two new state-of-the-art facilities on our campus, starting in December. These facilities will be seen coast-to-coast and they will be our window to the world showing why students across America should consider Houston and our budding campus life for their continuing education."
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