If everything goes according to schedule, the project could begin immediately after the 2003 season and the entire renovation should be completed in time for the 2005 season.
The project, which is estimated to cost approximately $28.26 million, will include the addition of eight to 12 new suites on the East side of Jordan-Hare Stadium. By extending the seating area on both sides of the current east stands, Auburn plans to add 120 suite seats, 232 club level seats and 750 new upper deck seats to the stadium, which has a current official capacity of 86,063.
Jordan-Hare Stadium was dedicated in 1939 and originally held 7,500 fans. It has been expanded nine times.
A major part of the project will be totally renovating the concourses on both sides of the stadium with new concession stands and new restrooms. The project calls for an expansion of women's toilets from 153 to 392 and lavatories from 49 to 197. That should eliminate long lines that have been problems in the past at the women's restrooms.
The men's facilities will be more than doubled in size, too, going from 31 toilets to 65, 121 urinals to 256 and 25 lavatories to 147.
There are currently 148 concession points of sale and that will be doubled.
The project also calls for new lighting, new fencing and gating, new flooring and accessibility improvements. The projected cost for the East side expansion of seats is $3,850,000. The concourse renovation is expected to cost $16,996,875 and the suite renovation is estimated to cost $7,419,750.
Auburn athletic director David Housel, senior associate athletic, chief financial officer Terry Windle and manager of athletic of facilities Randy Byars presented the plan to the athletic committee on Wednesday. That group gave its approval and recommended that AU President William Walker and the full board of trustees move ahead with the project as soon as possible.
Sketch of the renovation plans for the concourse area.
"We are pushing for the best case scenario to start immediately after the 2003 season," Housel says. "The consultants tell us we can get the suites refurbished and get that construction work done within one season. They say it will take two years on the concourse renovation because they are going to take out everything that is in there. Everything in there will be gutted. They will put a nice floor in there and it will look a lot like the new renovation at Arkansas. We are moving forward on it.
"This concourse renovation is going to be spectacular," Housel adds. "The wonderful thing about that is that it is going to apply and benefit all of our fans--not the suite people, not the high dollar scholarship people, but everybody who is part of Tigers Unlimited can come in and enjoy a first class stadium. We intend to keep Jordan-Hare Stadium among the cream of the crop and this will do it."
The committee also instructed the athletic department to develop a plan for a new academic support facility for Auburn's athletes and report back with a plan in April.