Weber State University is set to kick off construction on a major project, as it will add a multi-use building to football’s Stewart Stadium.
Located in Ogden, UT, Weber State has been preparing to add a 27,000-square-foot, multi-use building at Stewart Stadium that will have several offerings. Along with meeting and strength and conditioning space that can be used by all of the university’s athletic programs, the structure will come with some football-specific amenities. That includes new locker rooms and coaches offices, along with features that can be used by fans–including a new entrance, a plaza, ticket office, and a souvenir shop.
Construction is currently scheduled to begin on August 28, with the university planning a public groundbreaking ceremony prior to football’s home opener on September 15. The building should be a boost to Weber State athletics as a whole, but the football program in particular is eager for this addition to Stewart Stadium. More from the Standard-Examiner:
The school says the project was funded by donations from community members and former athletes. The school did not provide information about construction costs with the most current announcement but, in 2016, [Weber State athletic director Jerry] Bovee told the Standard-Examiner the fundraising goal was $7 million….
Colton Swan, Weber State’s linebackers and special teams coach, played football for the Wildcats from 1999-2003 and has been on the football staff for all 15 years since, playing or coaching with five head coaches.
“Just the change in the facilities and where we’ve come as a program is astronomical,” Swan said. “I can’t believe where we’re at as far as all that goes. Right now, every kid’s believing in what we’re doing. The recruits, the coaches are believing in it. It’s a fun thing to be around.”
The new building will include the Barbara and Rory Youngberg Football Center, the Sark’s Boys Gateway, the Stromberg Strength and Conditioning Complex, the Marquardt-Kimball Plaza and the Behnken Plaza.
The building will be constructed on Stewart Stadium’s north end, and is expected to be finished in time for the 2019 football season.
Rendering courtesy Weber State University.