The University of Houston has agreed to resolve a legal fight over its basketball arena, currently named after former Houston mayor Roy Hofheinz, by erecting a statue of and renaming a street after the deceased school booster.
Hofheinz's descendants sued the university to stop plans to rename Hofheinz Pavilion earlier this year. No new name has been announced, but it will likely be connected to a donor who provided $20 million for the arena's renovation. That donor's name has not been publicly disclosed.
Hofheinz, who also served in the Texas Legislature and as Harris County judge, donated $1.5 million in 1969 to help build the facility. In a statement, his son, Fred Hofheinz, said he was pleased with the resolution and noted that his dad "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," said Fred Hofheinz.
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