'UT LEGO Guy' builds LEGO Darrell K. Royal Stadium

 Drew Finkel has been lovingly dubbed 'The UT LEGO Guy.'

The native Austinite and 2008 UT grad now lives in Chicago working in sales for a software company.
   
No he didn't graduate from UT with a degree in "LEGO-ology."

"Anthropology!  I mean, it completely relates," he said.

A couple of years ago during a moment of homesickness, Finkel decided to build the famous UT Tower completely out of LEGOS.

"It was just like to have a little piece of like...home, Austin...wherever we are.  So we built the tower.  My wife helped me," Finkel said.

That project went viral online so he moved on to the next build...the Darrell K. Royal Stadium.

"I think after I did the tower, someone was like 'What are you going to do next?' And I was like 'I don't know, the stadium I guess?'  That's the other cool UT building," he said.

It took Drew months to build the LEGO DKR Stadium in his Chicago home.  Then he broke it down to several big pieces and shipped it here to Austin.

He ripped the boxes open Saturday morning and got to work re-assembling it in the Student Activities Center.

"It's either gonna be really quick...or not," Drew said opening the box.

Turned out to be...not.  It took drew and his buddy 5 hours to get the incredibly detailed stadium looking how he imagined it.

No instruction manual...completely from scratch, Drew recreated the Longhorn's stadium using more than 50,000 LEGO bricks...and a Kindle Fire for the working Jumbotron.

"It's like 99% LEGOS, 1% Kindle Fire," he said.

Drew says the tower is back in Chicago but LEGO DKR will stay at UT for the time being.

"That it made it here in enough of one piece to be able to put back together in a day...and pride that it's like...this got built...this is here...and that's really cool," he said.

As for his next project...he's not sure.  But he's open to suggestions.




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