UH Stadium Suites

Power players celebrate the suite life amid plush surroundings at new University of Houston stadium

Power players celebrate the suite life at plush new UH stadium

News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Beth Madison, Renu Khator
UH regent Beth Madison, left, and UH chancellor and president Renu Khator in the chancellor's suite at TDECU stadium. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell
UH and Olympic notables Carl Lewis, left, and Leroy Burrell make the rounds of the suites. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Darryl Schroeder
Darryl Schroeder suits up in his double suite at TDECU stadium. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Mo Campo, Ric Campo
Houston Super Bowl Host Committee chairman Ric Campo and wife Mo, guests of the chancellor. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Ken Bailey, Carole Bailey, Bess Wilson, Rob Wilson
UH Regent Paula Mendoza and daughter, Natalie, watch the game while suite-hopping. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Carroll Ray, Bill Yeoman, Beth Madison
Carroll Robertson Ray, left, coach Bill Yeoman and UH regent Beth Madison spread the Coog spirit. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH stadium suite parties, Shasta, Patrick Chastang, Sasha, Sept. 2014
Shasta, left, Patrick Chastang and Sasha celebrate Patrick's birthday. Photo by Meredith Riddle Chastang
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Dr. Paul Chu, Claire Chu
Famed professor Paul Chu and wife May show their Cougar spirit. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH stadium suite parties, Monica Bickers, Caroline Batten, Laurie Dykoski, Chandra Bonine, Catie Ross, Meredith Chastang Sept. 2014
Monica Bickers, from left, Caroline Batten, Laurie Dykoski, Chandra Bonine, Catie Ross and Meredith Chastang. Photo by Patrick Chastang
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, suite interior
TDECU suits are comfortable and well-appointed.  Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Art Ensley, Spencer Armour, David Armour, Jack Moore
UH athletics fans Art Ensley, from left, Spencer Armour, David Armour and Jack Moore, CEO of Cameron International. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Paula Mendoza, Natalie Mendoza
Ken and Carol Bailey, left, with Bess and Rob Wilson. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Renu Khator, Suresh Khator
Renu and Suresh Khator on the 50 yard line. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Kelly Somoza, Beth Madison
Kelly Somoza and Beth Madison dig into the tasty buffet dinner. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Before kick-off, the Cougar band takes to the field of the TDECU stadium. Photo by Shafik Rifaat
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, stadium view
The downtown skyline provides a dramatic backdrop to the stadium's northwest corner. Photo by Shafik Rifaat
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Beth Madison, Renu Khator
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Darryl Schroeder
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Mo Campo, Ric Campo
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Ken Bailey, Carole Bailey, Bess Wilson, Rob Wilson
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Carroll Ray, Bill Yeoman, Beth Madison
News, Shelby, UH stadium suite parties, Shasta, Patrick Chastang, Sasha, Sept. 2014
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Dr. Paul Chu, Claire Chu
News, Shelby, UH stadium suite parties, Monica Bickers, Caroline Batten, Laurie Dykoski, Chandra Bonine, Catie Ross, Meredith Chastang Sept. 2014
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, suite interior
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Art Ensley, Spencer Armour, David Armour, Jack Moore
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Paula Mendoza, Natalie Mendoza
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Renu Khator, Suresh Khator
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, Kelly Somoza, Beth Madison
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, band on field
News, Shelby, UH Stadium Suite Life, Sept. 2014, stadium view

Even before kickoff for Saturday night's University of Houston football victory, a select group of Cougar fans were celebrating — suite owners and their guests. With the paint barely dry on the swank private accommodations, officials, trustees and UH supporters were toasting the amenities in the $120 million TDECU Stadium.

"It's awesome," enthused UH chancellor and president Renu Khator as she welcomed guests to her double suite. Focusing on the value of the new stadium, she said, "Students feel like they can come home to the campus and have a new pride and confidence. And with confidence they become champions in every way including going on to graduate."

As comfy as the suites at NRG Stadium (sans private bathrooms) and a lot closer to the playing field, these first-class viewing nests are ideal for cheering the team. 

Guests joining Khator in cheering the Coogs to victory over UNLV included Houston Super Bowl Host Committee chairman Ric Campo and wife Mo, superconductivity pioneer and UH professor Paul Chu and wife May and regent Paula Mendoza. Making the rounds of the suites were UH and Olympic stars Carl Lewis and Leroy Burrell and beloved coach Bill Yeoman. 

As comfy as the suites at NRG Stadium (sans private bathrooms) and a lot closer to the playing field, these first-class viewing nests are ideal for cheering the team, wooing donors and simply having a helluva good time. 

Prime example of the suite life is that of Darryl Schroeder, UH '69, and wife Lori. Not quite a man cave, the double suite is out-fitted with a few extras including the Xbox entertainment center for youngsters, plenty of flat screen TVs for broadcasting any number of college games and a great view.

"Look right out that window," Schroeder invited guests. "See that view (the downtown skyline seen from the northwest corner of the stadium)? Isn't it just amazing?"

UH Regent Beth Madison filled her suite with a friendly group that included April and Tom Lykos, Ralph Burch, Lynne Bentsen, Martha Adger and James Madget and Shafik Rifaat, UH professor of architecture. Partying down the hall were members of the Cullen family, major donors to UH, including former board of regents chair Carroll Robertson Ray and Hugh Ray and Lillie Robertson.

In another suite, under the banner of Chastang Ford, Patrick Chastang celebrated his birthday. In a surprise, orchestrated by his wife, CultureMap's Meredith Riddle Chastang, Shasta paid a visit and presented the birthday boy with a UH helmet autographed by the entire team.

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