SBJ/September 1 - 7, 2003/Facilities

Oldest venue shows new face

Upgrade added suites, expanded seating.

Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field, the oldest on-campus stadium in NCAA Division I-A, will mark the end of a two-year renovation when Georgia Tech hosts Auburn in the Yellow Jackets' season opener on Saturday.

The $68 million upgrade features 30 new luxury suites for a total of 74, a 7,000-square-foot locker room, a 3,300-square-foot players lounge and expanded stadium seating, to 55,000.

Funding for the two-phase project came from bonds issued in the fall of 2001. Bond payments will come from $50 million in private donations and the sale of luxury suites and club-seat licenses, according to Paul Griffin, Georgia Tech's senior associate director of athletics. The bonds covered renovations for the football venue as well as Georgia Tech's baseball facility, Russ Chandler Stadium, which saw $10 million in improvements prior to the 2002 baseball season.

In the first phase of the football effort, completed after the 2001 season, the playing field was shifted about 30 feet north and 15 feet west to allow for the addition of a new south end zone seating area. The second phase of construction brought the 30 new luxury suites, north end zone seating, a sports medicine facility, coaches' offices and a lounge for the Georgia Tech Letterwinner's Club.

Bobby Dodd Stadium, which hugs the edge of downtown Atlanta, was built in 1913 by members of the student body. Because of its aged infrastructure, several environmental and historical studies were performed before beginning the renovation process, said Bill Morrison, project manager for Carter & Associates.

Prior to this effort, the most recent significant stadium renovation was completed before the 1992 season, bringing the addition of the Bill Moore Student Success Center behind the west stands, as well as 32 new luxury suites, a president's box and a press area.

Approximately 26,000 season tickets had been sold as of mid-August, up 12 percent from the same point last season, said Georgia Tech officials.

Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field

City: Atlanta

Tenant: Georgia Tech football

Owner/operator: Georgia Board of Regents/Georgia Tech Athletic Association

Architect: HOK Sport

Construction manager: Carter & Associates/Turner Construction (joint venture)

General contractor: Turner Construction

No. of seats: 55,000 (up from 43,719)

No. of suites/club seats: 74 (up from 44)/2,000 (none previously)

Projected cost: $68 million

Funding: Bond issue, backed by stadium-related revenue and private donations

Concessionaire: Sodexho

Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

Scoreboard provider: Daktronics Inc.

Turf provider: The Motz Group

Seat providers: Irwin Seating Co. (suite seats), American Seating Co. (club seats), E&D Specialty Stands (stadium seats)

First game: Sept. 6 vs. Auburn

Bobby Dodd Stadium
at Grant Field Subcontractors
Subcontractor Work performed
Accessories Unlimited Specialties
Adaptive Equipment Sales Wheelchair lifts
Alpha Insulation Fireproofing
American Athletic Field wall pads
Architectural Signing Signage
Art Plumbing Plumbing
Atlas Piers of Atlanta Inc. Driller piers
Bonitz Contracting Flooring
CAE Diversified Services Mechanical and HVAC systems
Classic Woodworking Specialty millwork
Donako Construction Group Final cleaning
Engineered Products Group Expansion joints
Engineering Specialties Doors
Excel Electrical Technologies Electrical and teledata
Goodman Decorating Paint and wallcovering
Hudgins & Co. Demolition
J&J Masonry Masonry
Kim-Side Contractors Subroof
Kone Elevators Vertical transportation
M&J Materials Miscellaneous metals
McElroy Specialty Interiors Gypsum board and acoustic ceiling
Metro Roofing Roofing
Metromont Prestress Co. Structural and architectural precast
Mortensen Woodwork Millwork
Overhead Door Co. Roll-up doors
Precision Concrete Co. Cast-in-place concrete
ProSound Distributed TV and broadcast cabling systems
Re:Source Georgia Carpet
Richard Goettle Inc. Soil retention
Richard R. Harp Excavation Excavation
Russo Corp. Caissons
SECO Architectural Systems Metal wall panels
Southeast Restoration & Fireproofing Waterproofing
Steel Inc. Structural steel
Structural Preservation Systems Specialty structural systems
Superior Rigging & Erecting Miscellaneous metals
Therrel-Kizer Roofing Roofing
Tom Barrow Co. Louvers
Trainor Glass Co. Windows and storefront systems
Williams Erection Steel erection
Wink Davis Laundry equipment
Worsham Sprinkler Fire protection systems
Zebra Construction Co. Concrete
Sources: Georgia Tech, Carter & Associates, Turner Construction


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