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May 05, 2016

U. of Houston Donor’s Heirs Sue Over Plan to Rename Arena

The family of a late University of Houston donor for whom the campus basketball arena is named filed a court challenge Wednesday to the university’s request to dissolve the original naming agreement, the Houston Chronicle and the Associated Press report. The university filed court papers last month seeking to reclaim naming rights to the Hofheinz Pavilion as it embarks on a $60 million renovation of the sports facility.

The pavilion was named in 1969 for Roy Hofheinz, a former judge, Houston mayor, and owner of the Astros baseball team, in honor of a $1.5 million gift from his charitable foundation. Mr. Hofheinz died in 1982.  A lawyer for the family said the original pact had no end date so should remain in effect “as long as the building exists.” The university received a $20 million gift in November that is expected to involve a naming-rights deal. A hearing in the case is scheduled for May 10.