SBJ/July 19 - 25, 2004/SBJ In Depth

Active sports venue renovation projects

Each facility listed below is undergoing a significant renovation and/or expansion. Vendors listed with each project represent new contracts that were signed or will be signed in conjunction with the project.

For example, Stanford University is renovating Maples Pavilion, the on-campus arena for the school's basketball programs. As part of the renovation, Stanford is replacing the court, seats and scoreboard. In addition, Pepsi signed a new pouring rights agreement.

Oregon State, on the other hand, did not require a new scoreboard, turf or pouring rights partner for the university's expansion of Reser Stadium. Therefore, those categories are not listed with its project.

Vendors for some projects have not been awarded, and are listed as TBD. Vendor information for the University of Alabama's expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium was not available and is listed as NA.

Alltel Stadium
Tenants: Jacksonville Jaguars, NCAA Gator Bowl
Owner/operator: City of Jacksonville/SMG
Architect: HOK
Project manager: Turner Construction
General contractor: Haskell Construction
Projected cost: $13 million
Funding: Funded initially by the city, the Jaguars will reimburse $5 million through 10 years of increased rent payments.
Scheduled for completion: August
Note: Renovating club and suite areas; installing two Daktronics scoreboard/video screens, each measuring 2,160 square feet, and two 800-square-foot LED strips; building permanent rest rooms and support kitchens for outside Pepsi Pavilion corporate hospitality area. Capacity will not change.

FedEx Field
Tenant: Washington Redskins
Owner/operator: Team owner
Architect: Ellerbe Becket
General contractor: Turner Construction
No. of seats (previous): 91,665 (86,484)
No. of suites (previous): 243 (234)
Projected cost: $12 million
Funding: 100 percent private
Seat provider: NA
Scheduled for completion: August

Maples Pavilion
Stanford, Calif.
Tenants: Stanford University men's and women's basketball
Owner/operator: Stanford University
Architect: Hoover Associates Architects
General contractor: Vance Brown Builders
No. of seats (previous): 7,691 (7,391)
Projected cost: $30 million
Funding: 100 percent through an athletic department capital campaign
Pouring rights: Pepsi (multiyear extension)
Scoreboard provider: Daktronics
Floor provider: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Seat provider: Irwin Seating Co.
Scheduled for completion: January

Commerce Bank Park
Harrisburg, Pa.
Tenant: Eastern League (Class AA) Harrisburg Senators
Owner/operator: City of Harrisburg
Architect: HOK
General contractor: TBD
No. of seats (previous): 8,000 (6,300)
No. of suites (previous)/club seats (previous): 20 (0)/TBD (0)
Projected cost: $16.5 million
Funding: Split equally between the state and city. Part of the city's contribution will come from a $3.5 million, 15-year naming-rights deal signed in January by Commerce Bank. The stadium was formerly called RiverSide Park.
Scoreboard: TBD
Turf provider: TBD
Seat provider: TBD
Scheduled for completion: April

Camp Randall Stadium
Madison, Wis.
Tenant: University of Wisconsin football
Owner/operator: University of Wisconsin
Architect: Berners-Schober Associates Inc.
General contractor: Cullen-Smith LLC
No. of seats (previous): 80,100 (76,500)
No. of suites (previous)/club seats (previous): 72 (20)/900 (0)
Projected cost: $107.3 million
Funding: From the state's Program Revenue Supported Borrowing, to be paid by the school with bonds backed by stadium revenue. The school has sold out all suites through 2009 at $49,000 per year. All club seats are leased through 2006, ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 annually. The adjacent athletic department office building, Kellner Hall, was named after an alum who donated $10 million to the university, of which $6 million went to the athletic department. More than $10 million in additional money has been raised through naming rights to specific parts of the stadium, ranging from $25,000 for an executive office to $6 million for the administration building.
Scoreboard provider: Daktronics
Turf provider: FieldTurf
Seat providers: Southern Bleacher Co. (stadium); Hussey Seating Co. (premium)
Scheduled for completion: Summer 2005
Notes: New visitor locker areas, media room and end-zone seating were completed in March. The football staff moved into the facility in June, and the rest of the athletic department is scheduled to move in next month. New scoreboards and all premium seating areas will be ready for occupancy by Sept. 4, the team's first home game.

Reser Stadium
Corvallis, Ore.
Tenant: Oregon State football
Owner/operator: Oregon State University
Architect: HNTB
General contractor and construction manager: Hunt-Wildish (a joint venture of Hunt Construction Group and Wildish Building Co.)
No. of seats (previous): 43,000 (35,000)
No. of suites (previous)/club seats (previous): 30 (10)/3,600, plus 200 Founders Lodge seats (0)
Projected cost: $93 million
Funding: Capital campaign and a $60 million, 30-year bond issued by the state to be repaid through donations from season-ticket holders with seats on the renovated side of the stadium. Projected cost includes retirement of accumulated operating debt of $5.7 million and the first two years of debt service.
Seat provider: TBD
Scheduled for completion: Summer 2005

Spartan Stadium
East Lansing, Mich.
Tenant: Michigan State University football
Owner/operator: Michigan State
Architect: HNTB
General contractor and construction manager: Barton Malow/Clark LLC (a joint venture of Barton Malow and Clark Construction)
No. of seats (previous): 75,000 (72,000)
No. of suites (previous)/club seats (previous): 24 (0)/862 (90)
Projected cost: $61 million
Funding: Athletic department funding comes from bonds backed by revenue from premium seat sales; the university will lease office space from the department.
Seat provider: Irwin Seating Co.
Scheduled for completion: Summer 2005

Klotsche Center
Tenant: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee men's basketball
Owner/operator: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Architects: Venture Architects, HOK
General contractor: Miron Construction Co.
No. of seats (previous): 5,000 (5,000)
No. of suites (previous): 16 (0)
Projected cost: $42.1 million
Funding: $25.33 million from the state's Program Revenue Supported Borrowing fund, to be paid by the school with bonds backed by arena revenue; $16.29 million from State Building Commission general funds. University donors will contribute $500,000.
Pouring rights: Coca-Cola
Scoreboard: Daktronics
Floor provider: Action Floor System
Seat provider: Hussey Seating Co.
Scheduled for completion: Summer 2005
Note: Bleacher seating will be replaced with hard-back seats. The project includes construction of a 134,700-square-foot addition that will include new office space, locker rooms, weight rooms and sports medicine facilities, and a five-level underground parking structure providing approximately 618 spaces.

MassMutual Center
Springfield, Mass.
Tenant: AHL Springfield Falcons
Owner/operator: Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Architect: DMJM + Harris
General contractor: Gilbane Building Co.
No. of seats (previous): TBD (5,000)
No. of suites (previous)/club seats (previous): TBD (0)/TBD (0)
Projected cost: $72 million
Funding: 100 percent public funding. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., which partially owns the Falcons, purchased naming rights for $5 million.
Scoreboard: TBD
Seat provider: TBD
Scheduled for completion: Fall 2005

Bryant-Denny Stadium
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Tenant: University of Alabama football
Owner/operator: University of Alabama
Architects: HOK; Davis Architects Inc.
General contractor: Brice Building Co.
No. of seats (previous): 103,000 (93,000)
No. of suites/club seats: NA
Projected cost: Part of $100 million in athletic facilities construction
Funding: University capital campaign
Concessionaire: NA
Pouring rights: NA
Scoreboard provider: NA
Turf provider: NA
Seat provider: NA
Scheduled for completion: Summer 2006
Note: A $1.6 million contract with Brice Building was approved by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees in June. Project includes expanding the north end zone and building a new plaza area, adding skyboxes and a club level as well as traditional upper-deck seating. Construction is scheduled to begin following the 2004 season.

Kinnick Stadium
Iowa City, Iowa
Tenant: University of Iowa football
Owner/operator: University of Iowa
Architect: HNTB; Neumann Monson Architects
General contractor: Mortenson
No. of seats (previous): 70,397 (69,500)
No. of suites (previous)/club seats (previous): 40 (27)/1,350 (0)
Projected cost: $86.8 million
Funding: The school will sell 25-year bonds, for a maximum of $100 million, to be backed by revenue from premium seating. All 40 suites, ranging in price from $45,000 to $85,000 annually, sold out through 2008 within six weeks. Half of the club seats had been purchased as of July 9. The school may add more premium seating to the construction plans. A capital campaign will help pay off the remainder of the bonds.
Concessionaire: TBD
Pouring rights: TBD
Scoreboard provider: TBD
Turf provider: TBD
Seat provider: TBD
Scheduled for completion: Summer 2006

Boone Pickens Stadium
Stillwater, Okla.
Tenant: Oklahoma State University football
Owner/operator: Oklahoma State University
Architects: Gary Sparks Cos., Heery International
General contractor/construction manager: Flintco Inc./Sparks Sports
No. of seats (previous): 60,000 (47,000)
No. of suites (previous)/club seats (previous): 45 (6)/2,300 (0)
Projected cost: $86 million
Funding: $20 million from alumnus Boone Pickens; remaining from athletic department capital campaign and revenue from the sale of club seats and suites
Concessionaire: Sodexho
Seat provider: NA
Scheduled for completion: Summer 2006
Note: Phase one of the project, which is expected to be completed by the team's home opener on Sept. 11, will include the addition of 5,500 seats, 2,300 of which will be in the new club section. The stadium's overall capacity will not change until the project is completed next summer. All suites and club seats on the south side of the stadium have been sold. Founders Suites cost $1 million with a 10-year commitment. Other luxury suites cost $300,000 with a five-year commitment. Club seats cost $1,500 annually plus the cost of a season ticket. Through June 25, the capital campaign had raised $61 million.

Source: Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal research

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