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SBD/September 26, 2012/Facilities
A&M Chancellor Asks Officials For $38M Toward Kyle Field Reconstruction
Published September 26, 2012
OLIVE BRANCH: In New Orleans, Bruce Eggler reported “architects have redesigned the west side” of Tulane Univ.'s proposed new football stadium “so that it will be only 38 feet high, not 48 feet.” The move announced Monday “could soften the opposition of at least some nearby residents to Tulane University’s plans to build an on-campus football stadium immediately behind their homes.” In addition, instead of “having the entire west side extend to just 20 feet from the rear property line of the Audubon Boulevard residences, the exterior wall has been redrawn to angle slightly forward at either end of the stadium, increasing the amount of buffer space.” The $60M stadium “will have 25,000 seats and be able to accommodate 30,000 spectators.” The university “hopes to start work” early in ‘13 and “open the stadium for the 2014 football season” (NOLA.com, 9/25).
CLEARER VIEW: In California, Jeff Faraudo reports a construction crew at Memorial Stadium yesterday “removed two large poles used to support netting behind the goal posts at the north end of the facility after season-ticket holders complained their views were obstructed.” Cal Assistant AD/Capital Planning & Management Bob Milano Jr. said that the athletic department “received enough complaints after their first two games in the new stadium to make the changes at the north end, where the Bears sell ‘gold-zone’” season tickets. Most seats in the south end zone are “sold to visiting fans,” and Milano said that Cal “heard no concerns from anyone at that end” (CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 9/26).