McLane Stadium, the new $260 million Baylor University football stadium on the banks of the Brazos River, will be complete in plenty of time for the Bears' season opener on Aug. 31, 2014. Officials say the progress was about 80 percent complete as of May 1.

The first game at the stadium will be a high school contest on Aug. 29 between Aledo and Cedar Park.

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The city has asked state officials to discard the Lake Brazos Parkway reference when this exit sign on Interstate 35 is replaced. The new sign…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is being extended in a project the state calls Loop 574. McLane Stadium is shown in this aerial photo taken f…

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The city has asked state officials to discard the Lake Brazos Parkway reference when this exit sign on Interstate 35 is replaced. The new sign…

The city renamed Lake Brazos Parkway as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in 1995 but allowed businesses to use the old name for their addresses.

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The city has asked state officials to discard the Lake Brazos Parkway reference when this exit sign on Interstate 35 is replaced. The new sign…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is being extended in a project the state calls Loop 574. McLane Stadium is shown in this aerial photo taken f…

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Work progresses on the back of the former Lake Brazos Steakhouse building, soon to be Manny’s Uptown Tex-Mex Cafe. The new owners embrace the …

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The city has asked state officials to discard the Lake Brazos Parkway reference when this exit sign on Interstate 35 is replaced. The new sign…

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The city has asked state officials to discard the Lake Brazos Parkway reference when this exit sign on Interstate 35 is replaced. The new sign…

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Work progresses on the back of the former Lake Brazos Steakhouse building, soon to be Manny’s Uptown Tex-Mex Cafe. The new owners embrace the …

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This fall, CBS affiliate KWTX-TV will begin televising a locally produced hour-long pregame show, interviewing Baylor University officials, fo…

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Touchdown Alley, the tailgating area at McLane Stadium, will be the site for an hourlong Baylor pregame show hosted by KWTX.

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Workers began removing Floyd Casey Stadium’s turf Friday for eventual use near the new $260 million McLane Stadium being built on the bank of …

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Workers removed the turf from Floyd Casey Stadium on Friday. The field will be part of the new touchdown alley area being constructed at McLan…

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Work continues on Baylor’s $260 million on-campus stadium located on a 93-acre site at the intersection of Interstate 35 along the Brazos Rive…

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A view of new Interstate 35 bridges from Baylor’s $260 million McLane Stadium on a 93-acre site at the intersection of Interstate 35 along the…

The bridges include decorative but functional suspension cables that are made to mimic the look of the historic Waco Suspension Bridge.

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Workers continue with Texas Department of Transportation projects around Interstate 35 and Baylor’s new football stadium.

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Motorists travel on the northbound lane of Interstate 35 near the new football stadium. Access roads going both north and south were opened th…

Except for some cosmetic landscaping and pedestrian bike paths, major TxDOT projects around McLane Stadium will be done by Aug. 31.

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Motorist travel up and down Interstate 35 where part of the new access lanes leading to Baylor’s McLane Stadium are now open.

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Motorists travel Interstate 35, where part of the new access lanes leading to the new Baylor stadium are now open.

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This aerial photo shows construction projects around Baylor’s new McLane Stadium.

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Motorists travel on Interstate 35, where some of the recently built access lanes leading to Baylor University’s new stadium are now open. Each…

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Travelers head south on Interstate 35 near the new football stadium. Access roads going both north and south were opened this week.

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Baylor University plans to install a memorial plaque honoring a Derr and Isbell Construction Co. worker who was killed in an accident last mon…

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A 55-year-old construction worker was killed Tuesday when a lift he and another man were on fell into the Brazos River. OSHA investigators wer…

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A 55-year-old construction worker was killed Tuesday when a lift he and another man were on fell into the Brazos River. OSHA investigators wer…

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A county official said a preliminary autopsy on the body of Jose Dario Suarez showed the cause of death as drowning. Suarez was killed Tuesday…

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A police spokesperson said the second man who fell into the Brazos River on Tuesday was taken to a Providence Health Center for treatment of h…

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Construction worker Philip Proffitt signs the final steel beam that will be placed on McLane Stadium.

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Baylor President Ken Starr laughs with the media after signing the final steel beam that will be placed on the stadium.

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Baylor President Ken Starr signs the final steel beam that will be placed on the stadium.

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Local artist Joe Magnano works on his latest creation of a scene from west texas near Marfa. He captured a special moment in Baylor history wi…

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Local artist Joe Magnano works on his latest creation of a scene from west texas near Marfa. He captured a special moment in Baylor history wi…

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Local artist Joe Magnano works on his latest creation of a scene from west texas near Marfa. He captured a special moment in Baylor history wi…

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Local artist Joe Magnano looks up to his painting of the McLane Stadium construction. While not many people would find beauty in a constructio…

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Workers from Sigma Marble of Dallas transport the bronze statue of famed Baylor football coach Grant Teaff from his memorial plaza at Floyd Ca…

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Workers from Sigma Marble of Dallas transport the bronze statue of famed Baylor football coach Grant Teaff from his memorial plaza at Floyd Ca…

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The bronze statue of legendary Baylor University football coach Grant Teaff rests in a crate as workers from Sigma Marble of Dallas remove the…

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The video screen from the scoreboard at Floyd Casey Stadium will be moved to Baylor’s baseball ballpark in time for the start of baseball seas…

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Baylor’s baseball ballpark will get a larger video screen for its scoreboard, inheriting the video board from the closing Floyd Casey Stadium.

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The video screen from the scoreboard at Floyd Casey Stadium will be moved to Baylor’s baseball ballpark in time for the start of baseball seas…

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Baylor’s baseball ballpark will get a larger video screen for its scoreboard, inheriting the video board from the closing Floyd Casey Stadium.

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The video screen from the scoreboard at Floyd Casey Stadium will be moved to Baylor Ballpark in time for the start of baseball season next mon…

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Keith Nolan with Les Remodeling helps remove a section of the scoreboard end zone wall to make room for bleachers for the final game at Floyd …

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The guys from Wacotown are at it again. “This is just a way to say something different is happening in Waco,” said Mike Trozzo, a graphic designer who is the unofficial leader of the unofficial group. “We really want people to be excited about where they live.”