New and renovated venues ready for 2019 season kickoff
University of Southern California
United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: DLR Group’s design for the $315 million renovation of the Coliseum includes replacing every seat with a new one that provides increased legroom and cup holders, Wi-Fi, upgrades of every concourse and concession stand, and premium revenue-generating hospitality spaces.
Upgrades include the seven-story Scholarship Tower, which is embedded into the upper half of the south seating bowl. The tower contains the Trojan Athletic Fund seating concourse with upscale food offerings; Founders suites on two levels; 1,100 club seats and 24 loge boxes with lounge access; 26 upper suites; and a rooftop terrace with field views and 360-degree views of Los Angeles. In 2013, Legends Hospitality signed a multiyear deal with USC to operate concessions and premium dining at the Coliseum and worked with the school to place 10 suites and two membership clubs on the field the following season.
The project is being funded by USC, which operates the publicly owned venue under a long-term agreement that runs through 2111.
Brigham Young University
LaVell Edwards Stadium: The yearlong renovation involved adding structural sections at the four corners of the venue connecting the stadium’s existing four independent stands at the mezzanine level, said Duff Tittle, BYU’s associate athletic director for communications. The improvements will allow fans to walk between stands at the concourse level without having to return to ground level.
The project, which was designed by Rossetti Architects, assisted by FFKR Architects, also adds women’s, men’s and family-friendly restrooms on the north and south end zone mezzanine levels. Construction began at the end of the 2018 football season and was completed this month. Span Construction was the contractor.
BYU declined to disclose the cost of the project.
University of Missouri
Faurot Field at Memorial Coliseum: Mizzou spent $98 million to replace Faurot Field’s existing south end zone seating bowl with 2,500 patron seats, a football training facility, locker rooms and football operations offices.
The 202,000-square-foot project, designed by Populous, will be completed in late August, ahead of Missouri’s Sept. 7 home opener. The south end zone will have 1,320 general seats, 1,200 club seats, 16 suites with 200 fixed seats and 95 barstools, and social seating to accommodate 80 fans.
The training facility is made up of three floors of a new four-story building. The Tigers’ football operations area includes team and staff locker rooms, an enhanced sports medicine facility featuring a hydrotherapy area with recovery pools, lap pools, a weight room, nutrition and equipment rooms, as well as team and position meeting rooms, coaches offices, and a recruiting room and players lounge.
Old Dominion University
S.B. Ballard Stadium: The $67.5 million stadium reconstruction will seat 21,000 fans and feature a new west entry gate and plaza, 45 new concession points of sale, new restrooms on 30-foot-wide ground-level concourses and a 30-foot-wide mezzanine-level deck. Aramark will handle the stadium’s food and beverage operations. Students can use their ODU meal cards to purchase food, including vegan and vegetarian fare. The project also features the 5,000-square-foot Priority Automotive Club, which seats 400 fans. Ticket prices to the club — sold in blocks of four for $7,500 — include an all-you-can-eat buffet catered by Aramark. The project, designed by Populous and Mosley Architects, also includes a new press box and sound and lighting system by Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams Inc. S.B. Ballard Construction handled the renovation, which is expected to be completed by ODU’s home opener on Aug. 31.
Training and operations facilities
University of Illinois
■ The $79.2 million HNTB-designed Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center is a 107,650-square-foot facility that features a new and expanded strength and conditioning complex, sports medicine facilities, coaches’ offices, position meeting rooms, and player development areas. The facility has locker rooms for players and former players who made it to the NFL, a recruiting lounge, and a rooftop terrace featuring an outdoor kitchen and recreational activities, including miniature golf.
“Illinois has a unique setup, with their new operations building connecting directly to their indoor and outdoor practice fields, and just steps away from Memorial Stadium. Because of this layout, efficiency was a key focus of our design efforts,” Vito Privitera, project designer for HNTB, told Sports Business Journal.
University of Florida
■ The $60 million, 130,000-square-foot stand-alone football facility and dining hall features a new locker room, 3D hologram training environment, strength and conditioning center, hydrotherapy space, team meeting rooms, coaching offices and nutrition bar. HOK designed the space and Parrish McCall Constructors were the builders.
University of South Carolina
■ The Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Center, a $50 million, 110,000-square-foot-facility, was designed and built by Quackenbush Architects + Planners and Gensler. The facility’s notable features include a 20,000-square-foot two-story weight room, 15-seat surround-sound movie theater with reclining seats, video arcade room, players lounge with a barbershop and a recording studio donated by Gamecocks alum Darius Rucker.