The Hofheinz family and the University of Houston are pleased to announce a resolution regarding the status of the Hofheinz Pavilion basketball arena. Following this amicable resolution, UH will continue forward with its renaming and significant reconstruction of the basketball facility, while continuing to honor the Hofheinz legacy at the University.
As part of the agreement, UH will ask the city of Houston to rename a portion of Holman Street adjacent to the facility and the UH campus between Cullen Boulevard and Scott Street to pay tribute to UH alumnus Judge Roy Hofheinz. UH will build a plaza with a bronze statue of Hofheinz, whose $1.5 million gift in 1969 helped construct the original facility. An area within the UH Alumni Center will present and describe the public service of Hofheinz, and UH’s library will archive his records in a special collection.
“We know our father, Judge Roy Hofheinz, would want the athletic program at the University of Houston to prosper. So we know he would support this move which will bring the basketball arena, which bore his name for 47 years, into the 21st century. All of us in the Hofheinz family say: “Go Coogs!” said Fred Hofheinz, son of the late judge.
UH officials echoed those sentiments.
“I’m pleased that we can work together to honor Judge Hofheinz’s spirit of innovation and passion for development, while commemorating his indelible mark on the University.” said Hunter Yurachek, vice president for intercollegiate athletics at the University of Houston.