Planning for the upcoming University of South Alabama stadium took a step forward on Saturday, when university trustees approved phase II of the facility’s construction.
The new South Alabama stadium will be an on-campus venue, to be constructed as part of an estimated $74 million project. Phase I work on construction, consisting primarily of site preparation, began over the summer, and now the university is prepared to take the next step in the process. Saturday’s vote by the University of South Alabama Board of trustees authorizes phase II, a crucial step as Alabama works to play its first game in the stadium in September 2020.
Among some of the key areas that will be covered during phase II of construction include concrete for the lower seating bowl, the shells of the press box tower, and more. That work is slated to begin in early 2019. More from AL.com:
Phase II includes concrete for the stadium’s lower seating bowl, the shells of the press tower and athletic administration building, as well as underground utility work. The Phase II construction work is expected to begin in January or February, once approved contractors have been mobilized.
The school’s goal remains to open the stadium, which will be adjacent to the football field house and practice facilities in the northwest corner of campus, in time for the 2020 season. That season’s schedule includes early-season home games against UAB and Troy.
“It’s monumental,” South Alabama athletics director Joel Erdmann said. “… We’re running as fast as we can to 2020, and we’ll work very diligently to get there.
“We feel very, very good. It’s the result of a lot of hard work, commitment and diligence on the part of a lot of people who have been involved in this project for a very long time.”
The university has also released a video showcasing some of the features that are slated for the stadium, including several premium areas. The video can be viewed below.
The 25,000-seat stadium will be constructed on the site of the university’s former intramural fields. Ladd-Peebles Stadium, an off-campus facility that originally opened in 1948, has been the home of South Alabama football since the program began play in 2009.
Rendering courtesy University of South Alabama athletics.
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