Stadium Renovations Continue With New Scoreboard and Concessions Plaza

Return to Issue of Feb. 4, 2008 

Fall football fans at Dix Stadium will notice several enhancements to their overall game experience. The south grandstand and scoreboard are being removed to make room for a new scoreboard and concessions area.

Demolition began last week in preparation for the stadium renovations.
Photo by Gary Harwood

Demolition began last week in preparation for the stadium renovations.

Cooking for all of the food venues at the stadium will be centralized in the concessions area. A new plaza will provide a great area for pre-game events, as well as allow fans to remain involved with the game while waiting for their hot dog or beverage.

The most notable improvement scheduled for this year is the new ticketing, will-call and vending areas on the west side of the stadium. The architectural improvements to loges will be reflected in the design for the new entry structures, and the fans will enjoy more space to gather for pre-game festivities. In addition to the new entry, vending and concessions areas, the 40-year-old fencing surrounding the facility will be replaced with a new, more contemporary system.

“The project has already started, with demolition of the grandstands underway,” says Thomas J. Euclide, executive director of Facilities Planning and Operations. “The other work is currently under design and will begin once the weather turns better, likely in April or May.”

These projects constitute the third phase of major improvements at the stadium. Previous work has included renovating the restrooms, installing brick and new finishes on the exterior of all of the buildings, refurbishing the north stands, installing a new roof system over the loge area and adding super graphics and improved directional signage. “We have completed the bond obligations on several of our auxiliary facilities that were built more than 35 years ago,” added Euclide. "The facilities fee that was used to retire those bonds is available now to make needed upgrades in these facilities, thereby extending the life of those facilities and avoiding the need to undertake huge additional bond obligations to build new ones.”

The stadium improvements are expected to be completed this summer. According to Euclide, additional needs for the stadium will be reassessed following this phase, with smaller projects, including parking, likely to be addressed next year.

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