WaStop Protects Baylor Football Stadium

Baylor University
Waco, Central Texas
Area of use 
Flood protection

Baylor University, based in Waco, central Texas is the oldest continuously operating university in the region and its sprawling campus covers over 1,000 acres. Baylor has produced many notable alumnae, from Pulitzer Prize winners to CEOs and politicians. Sports is another huge tradition and the Baylor Bears are a powerhouse of the Big 12 Conference. Texans take football very seriously. 

Completed in 2014, Baylor’s state-of-the-art McLane Stadium is a $250 million investment on the banks of the majestic Brazos River. The stadium is the largest project in Central Texas’ history and will have a positive long-term impact on the city. New hotels, restaurants and shops provide entertainment for game-day crowds. The stadium project was projected to bring 1000 new jobs to the area in its first year of operation. 

With so much at stake, designers required an extremely reliable and robust flood protection system for the complex. Safeguarding the field from heavy downpours and the flood-prone Brazos River are three 75 hp pumps, all extracting water that would otherwise severely damage the stadium. Each pump operates individually as needed. Whenever one or more of the pumps are switched off, however, there is a risk that water could flow back through the pumps. This could damage the pumps and causing the functioning pumps to pump which would increase energy consumption. A WaStop was installed on each pump, thereby preventing any backflow into the pumps. 

Stormwater at a football stadium is seldom debris free. Cups, hotdogs, packaging and other debris finds their way into the stormwater system. The designers were impressed with WaStop’s pulsating flow function, which ensures no debris gets stuck in the valve and keeps both the upstream and downstream pipes clear of sediment. 


In addition to the three valves protecting the pumps, a fourth WaStop has been installed to prevent river water from entering the stadium’s drainage system. Should the river rise above the level of the stormwater outfall and water flowed back along the pipe, the field would be severely damaged. This would make it unplayable and cause major disruptions to the season, not to mention costly repairs. Two more WaStops were also installed in the nearby Athletics arena to protect it from high river levels. 

Thanks to WaStop’s patented memory membrane and pulsing flow, Baylor University and its sports fans can relax in the knowledge that the Bears will be able to play, come rain or shine. 

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