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U. of Arizona Unveils Stadium Expansion and Football-only Facility

The preseason crawl of college football stadium construction projects travels to Tucson where earlier this month the University of Arizona opened the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility at Arizona Stadium.  Built for $72.3 million with private donations from David and Edith Lowell and Jeff and Sharon Stevens, the new integrated stadium complex helps the Rich Rodriguez-led football program join the all-out Pac-12 facilities throwdown to impress recruits. Thank you, Phil Knight.

Similar to projects at Mississippi State and Kansas State, consider the Arizona Stadium expansion a partial upgrade rather than a tear-down, do-over remodel. The modern four-story Lowell-Stevens Facility permanently encloses the north end zone and adds 4,200 seats to boost capacity over 56,000. Inside Lowell-Stevens, the site offers first-class amenities, including: a private club area (the Sands Club), a welcome center, locker rooms, a 4,500-square foot weight room, advanced medical facilities and direct walking access onto the field.

These facility upgrades send a strong message of commitment to alumni, but  they’re also expected by top recruits. For Arizona, projected to finish near the bottom of the Pac-12 South, they might need all the help they can get this season to impress recruits and give fans reason to combat the heat.

Check out the zoomable camera at the Lowell-Steven facility web page. Also, I found two Arizona Athletic Department videos below: the first a recap of the grand opening and the latter an earlier look at the construction site with Coach Rodriguez as your tour guide.

Videos and Photo Credit: University of Arizona

Mississippi State’s $75M Stadium Upgrade

On September 7, the SEC’s Mississippi State Bulldogs return to Davis Wade Stadium for their home football opener against Alcorn State, but the University’s ongoing $75 million expansion project won’t inconvenience their 55,000+ cowbell-ringing fans one bit.

Scheduled for completion before the 2014 season, Davis Wade’s new north end zone adds approximately 8,815 new seats to the second oldest on-campus stadium in Division I-A. The project’s most notable additions: a new plaza near the famous Junction, an updated west concourse, a large HD video scoreboard, and premium areas for season ticket holders and alumni with field level viewing.

Trivia question – What’s the only on-campus Division I-A stadium older than Davis Wade Stadium?  Leave a comment below.

Although much work remains on the project, the west concourse, elevators and restrooms will open in time for this season’s opener. In the first video below, Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin tours the construction zone to explain how the new West concourse is both wider and actually level now. Fun! The second offers and overview of the project. Take a look at the videos below and visit the University’s project web site.