On Friday, the University of Alabama System board of trustees will weigh in on the revised plans for a renovation of Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Details were unveiled last August for a proposed renovation to Bryant-Denny Stadium that would result in several updates to the facility. Plans for the renovation have evolved since then, including the removal of a proposed videoboard and student terrace on the upper level of the south end zone. Now, the renovation calls for four new corner videoboards, along with a student concourse that would include social spaces, and concession and restroom facilities.
After receiving approval from the board’s physical properties committee on Thursday, the revised design plans and cost estimate increase–from $75.5 million to $92.5 million–will go before the board of trustees at its Friday morning meeting. More from The Tuscaloosa News:
The university is proposing increasing the budget from $75.5 million to $92.5 million as a result of changes to the planning for the stadium including new, larger video score boards in the corners of the stadium, more elevators, and student spaces on the southeast ground level.
“We certainly acknowledge that some of the plans have changed but they still very much meet the needs across the board,” [UA Athletic Director Greg] Byrne said.
The revised plans call for four larger scoreboards in the corners of the end zones instead of a previously proposed larger video board in the upper deck of the south end zone. The score boards would be 60% larger than the existing ones and have better technology.
The student terrace in the upper deck of the south end zone would be eliminated in favor of a student concourse at the southeast ground level entrance that still includes concessions stands, restrooms, social spaces and televisions.
Other revisions have also been made to the design, including the relocation of proposed loge box seating and the addition of two new stair towers that would be constructed for suites and club levels on the stadium’s west side. Renovations could begin after this season, and be completed by August 2020.
Rendering courtesy University of Alabama.