The University of Alabama begins construction next week on Bryant-Denny Stadium renovations, marking the beginning of an elaborate project slated to be finished by the 2020 NCAA football season.
Alabama is set to launch a $92.5-million round of renovations, with multiple areas of the facility overhauled in the process. The press box will be relocated from the west side of the stadium to its east side, clearing the way for construction of new premium seating areas. Additionally, Bryant-Denny Stadium will receive four new corner videoboards, along with student social spaces on the south end, luxury boxes on the east side, a new bunker-style club in the north end zone, and a tunnel through the north end zone steps leading into the Alabama locker room.
Although some work has been taking place to prepare the foundation for an expansion on the west side, construction is expected to get into full swing next week, following Alabama’s home finale on Saturday. Once construction gets underway, project officials will work under a tight time frame to finish the renovations by the football program’s 2020 home opener next September.
While Alabama is confident that it can achieve that timeframe, it will be a considerable challenge, with major construction taking place in multiple locations around Bryant-Denny Stadium. Some of the most elaborate work will be on the west side, where the existing press box and club seating will be torn out to make way and a new structure will be built to hold the backend of the new premium areas and ultimately expand the stadium. More from AL.com:
“The west side expansion is the most difficult part of the entire project,” [Alabama assistant AD for facilities, Brandon] Sevedge said “and the reason why is you’re building a structure up and you’re not tying into the stadium until you get to the upper levels.”
The expanded club level will also allow for a larger upper-deck concourse on the west side since it will be part of the club’s roof.
New skyboxes are also coming to the east side, where the press box will be relocated. The north end zone seats will now include a bunker-style clubs similar to ones found on the sidelines of NFL stadiums like in Atlanta and Dallas….
“It’s spread out,” Sevedge said. “It’s probably one of the most intense projects the university has ever done in the athletic department. We’re basically doing $10 million worth of work per month. Just imagine, we’ll probably have up to 600 workers at the stadium each day during the peak. It’s just a really tough project.”
With the renovation, Alabama has the potential to deliver an improved gameday experience at Bryant-Denny Stadium with better technology, multiple types of new premium seating, and student amenities. It should also allow the university to build from recent improvements to the facility, including the installation of LED lighting prior to this season. Alabama will kick off its 2020 home schedule with a matchup against Georgia State on September 12.
Rendering courtesy University of Alabama.
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