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Saying farewell to Floyd Casey Stadium

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George's Sports Bar is a second home for many fans of the Baylor University Bears and for owner Sammy Citrano, the Bears' home is where his business first took off.

"When I first started in business, I sold hot chocolate for a dollar in that stadium under freezing conditions," he said.

Over the years, Sammy's business ventures grew and so did the Bears' reputation for success on the field.

"Going from those days where our business is now and our two restaurants and catering company, we've grown a long way with Baylor," Citrano said.

But Baylor is about to enter a new chapter in its football history because after 60 years of game days, Floyd Casey Stadium is starting to break down.

"They have a lot of plumbing problems here. The air conditioning units are getting old and starting to break and have a lot of trouble,” Edward Reynolds with Baylor Facility Services said. “I mean, it's just rundown."

Next fall, the Bears will move to their new home—the $200 million Baylor Stadium.

But the team wants to close this chapter on their terms.

"It's our job to make sure that we end it out on a high note,” Baylor quarterback Brace Petty said. “End that tradition on a good note, start a new tradition in the new stadium on a good note."

And to reward their diehard fans.

"I will probably be very emotional after the end of the game because it's been such a big part of our lives since '86," Citrano said.

Kickoff for the Baylor University vs. University of Texas game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

School officials are currently discussing what will become of Floyd Casey Stadium after the Bears move to their new home.

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