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SBJ/September 1 - 7, 2003/Facilities
Oldest venue shows new face
Published September 1, 2003
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
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
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
at Grant Field Subcontractors
|Adaptive Equipment Sales||Wheelchair lifts|
|American Athletic||Field wall pads|
|Atlas Piers of Atlanta Inc.||Driller piers|
|CAE Diversified Services||Mechanical and HVAC systems|
|Classic Woodworking||Specialty millwork|
|Donako Construction Group||Final cleaning|
|Engineered Products Group||Expansion joints|
|Excel Electrical Technologies||Electrical and teledata|
|Goodman Decorating||Paint and wallcovering|
|Hudgins & Co.||Demolition|
|Kone Elevators||Vertical transportation|
|M&J Materials||Miscellaneous metals|
|McElroy Specialty Interiors||Gypsum board and acoustic ceiling|
|Metromont Prestress Co.||Structural and architectural precast|
|Overhead Door Co.||Roll-up doors|
|Precision Concrete Co.||Cast-in-place concrete|
|ProSound||Distributed TV and broadcast cabling systems|
|Richard Goettle Inc.||Soil retention|
|Richard R. Harp Excavation||Excavation|
|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|
|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|