SBJ/September 1 - 7, 2003/Facilities

University marks centennial year with new football stadium

ASU’s football stadium being built in three phases, with first phase near completion.

A rainy summer could delay completion this fall of the first phase of construction on Albany State University's new football stadium, a project that ultimately is expected to cost $15 million.

The South Georgia university plans to cap its yearlong centennial celebration with the opening of Albany Municipal Coliseum on Nov. 8, which marks the Golden Rams' final home game of the season, against Morehouse College. School officials, however, say that if the poor weather that has plagued them in recent months continues, fans will have to wait another season to experience Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football on ASU's campus.

For more than 50 years, the Rams have played in Hugh Mills Stadium, which is about five miles from the university. Albany State will play three of its four home games this season at Hugh Mills, until it marks the Coliseum opening on Nov. 8.

The city of Albany and the school's ASU Foundation initially requested $10 million from the state of Georgia to go toward a joint-use facility. What ultimately was received, in May 2001, was a $5 million grant from the state, said Julie Duke, Albany's city manager. That forced organizers to amend their original stadium goals and plan instead to build the venue in three distinct phases.

The $5 million grant is being combined with $700,000 raised by the ASU Foundation through private fund-raising efforts to cover the costs of the project's first phase. That initial step calls for 5,500 seats and a reserved area with 250 additional seats, from which service to a club lounge will be available.

Clifford Porter, executive director of the ASU Foundation, said about 40 percent of those 250 seats had been sold as of early August.

Porter said phases two and three will develop over the next three years. He said the foundation and the university will begin fund-raising efforts to cover those additional costs after the 2003 football season. Those two phases will provide up to an additional 20,000 seats and between 10 and 15 more suites.

The ASU Foundation is donating the necessary land for the project.

Albany Municipal Coliseum

City: Albany, Ga.

Tenants: Albany State University football, city of Albany

Owner/operator: City of Albany/Albany State University

Architect: Rosser International Inc.

General contractor: Team Delta 2003 (joint venture of Alcon Construction and H.J. Russell & Co.)

No. of seats: 5,500

No. of suites/club seats: 0/250

Projected cost: $15 million ($5 million for each of three phases)

Funding: $5 million state grant; $700,000 from private fund raising by the ASU Foundation

Concessionaire: Aramark Corp.

Pouring rights: To be determined

Scoreboard provider: Trans-Lux Fair-Play Inc.

Turf provider: Trimlawn Services Inc.

Seat provider: Hussey Seating Co.

First game: Nov. 8 vs. Morehouse College

Albany Municipal Coliseum Subcontractors
Subcontractor Work performed
Albany Electric Electrical
Atlas Fence Co. Chain-link fence and gates
Bryant’s Millwright & Construction Co. Metal roof and metal wall panels
Dukes, Edwards & Dukes General trades
ESS Inc. Public address system
Georgia School Equipment Stadium seating
Gilman Gear Goal posts
Holcomb Services Concrete, re-steel, placing/finishing
Musco Sports Lighting Sports lighting
National Construction Rentals Construction fencing
Oxford Construction Sitework
Ronald Akridge Contractors Painting
Southeastern Welding Handrails and guardrail
Sources: Albany State University, city of Albany, Rosser International Inc.


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