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Preparing Panthers

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Winning provides the conqueror with perks, and defending SWAC champion Prairie View A&M is about to begin enjoying theirs.

The Panthers unveiled plans for a new football stadium that will cost in the neighborhood of $34 million. The new facility was is part of a three-pronged, $60 million effort by the school which will include a new athletic department facility and upgrades to the basketball area.

PV’s new stadium would initially seat 15,000, with plans to expand to 30,000 in the future. The school announced that the stadium would have club seating, a dozen luxury boxes and amenities for tailgating.

“This is the single-largest undertaking in the history of our institution,” said Prairie View athletic director Fred Washington. “I don’t think there’s any doubt at all. This will become a reality for us.”

The reality is scheduled to hit home late next year, when plans to begin digging the foundation for the stadium come to earnest.

For Panthers football coach Henry Frazier III, the plans to move forward with a new stadium marks a milestone almost as significant as the school winning its first SWAC championship in 46 seasons.

“I always said this was the last piece of the puzzle,” he told the Houston Chronicle’s Joseph Duarte. “This was one of the selling points when I took the job (in 2003). It’s been talked about since I’ve been on campus. I’m excited to see it start to take shape.”

The next phase of the project would be additions to the football practice fields, a dual soccer/track stadium, new baseball and softball fields along with a student recreational center and facilities for intramural play.

While the expansion of the football stadium highlights the third and final phase, the school also plans to add a 12-court tennis complex and expand the Health Sciences department.

“We want to provide a facility that is Division I-caliber,” said Washington.

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