The University of Delaware celebrated a milestone Tuesday, when the Delaware Stadium renovation groundbreaking ceremony was held.
Delaware is moving forward with a $60 million renovation to the stadium’s west side, one that will include upgrades to fan and player amenities. As part of that project, a new 90,000-square-foot facility named the Whitney Athletic Center–named for donors Ken and Elizabeth Whitney–will be constructed outside the stadium’s west side and be connected to the venue. The Whitney Athletic Center will feature several amenities, including new training space, a wellness center, a student success center, and more. In addition, new chairback and club seating will be installed on the stadium’s west side.
Work will be completed in phases, with much of the construction inside the stadium slated to wrap up by the start of the 2019 college football season and the Whitney Athletic Center’s debut following in 2020. More from Delaware News Journal:
Renovations to the west grandstand include a new press box; chairback seating in the middle C, D and E sections; and 1,100 club seats comprising the first eight rows from end to end. Club-seat patrons will have access to a room that will be constructed behind the stands and connected to the second floor of the Whitney Center, with an entrance through the bottom of Section B.
Enhancements at ground level will include modernized concessions and bathrooms.
Stadium seating will decrease slightly from the present capacity of 22,000. Most of the stadium work is expected to be completed by the 2019 football season, which begins when Delaware hosts Delaware State on Aug. 29.
The Whitney Center construction will follow with completion anticipated by the 2020 football season. UD coaches have already found its impending arrival to be a valuable tool in recruiting.
Delaware Stadium originally opened in 1952, and has undergone several renovations and expansions over its history.
Rendering by HOK courtesy University of Delaware.