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University of Houston and Hofheinz family reach settlement in arena renaming
The Hofheinz family and the University of Houston have reached a resolution regarding the status of the Hofheinz Pavilion basketball arena.
UH will continue with renaming and reconstruction of the facility, while continuing to honor the Hofheinz legacy. 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, who made a $1.5 million contribution in 1969 that helped construct the original facility.
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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!" the late judge's son, Fred Hofheinz, said.
UH officials responded in kind stating,
"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." Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Houston, Hunter Yurachek said.