Tag Archives: Stadium

Game on for San Jose Earthquakes’ stadium project… again

The Major League Soccer San Jose Earthquakes’ oft-delayed stadium project reached a key milestone this week after the team recently announced a one-year delay on the project.

The Quakes began pouring the concrete foundation for the new stadium on Friday, representing a symbolic moment for both the team and the project. Take a look at their stadium webcam or check out a construction site video on the team’s blog.

This is a positive step for the team, but this project reminds me of a memorable scene from Wayne’s World.

 

Nebraska’s New East Stadium Houses Brain Research Center

The University of Nebraska expanded Memorial Stadium this season to over 92,000 seats, but the stadium’s most impressive additions will benefit more than just the Cornhusker faithful.

Brain research, University of NebraskaIn a collaboration between Nebraska’s athletic and academic arms, the privately funded $63.5 million East Stadium houses the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior to study, prevent, and treat the effects of brain injuries. This state-of-the-art facility, which supports both the Big 10 and Ivy League, is testing the use of an electrode-covered mesh cap that would allow athletic medical staff to analyze a player’s brain waves on-site and determine within minutes the severity of an injury and whether they can return to the game. The center will also benefit the research of non-sports related brain injuries.

In addition, Nebraska created a 50,000-square-foot Athletic Performance Lab to help school athletes with strength training, treatment and rehabilitation. Recruiting tours now start in the Lab, which features a synthetic track embedded with “force plates” and surrounded by motion capture cameras that together measure impact and help athletes visualize and improve performance.

Built atop the existing structure, the new East Stadium adds 6000 seats and 38 suites. To gain a sense for just how nuts Nebraska fans are for the Cornhuskers – this season marks the first time non-premium season tickets have been available to the general public between the 20-yard lines since the stadium was built 90 years ago.

While fans will enjoy the spacious new concourse and seating options, you have to appreciate Nebraska’s investment in helping to solve an issue facing not only collegiate sports, but society at large.

Here’s a video featuring a dedication ceremony for the new facility.

Photo credit: University of Nebraska Athletic Department

San Jose Earthquakes stadium delayed until 2015

The Major League Soccer San Jose Earthquakes suffered another setback today with their new stadium construction that will push back the opening one year.

The Earthquakes had hoped to move to their new 18,000-seat stadium for the 2014 season. As I’ve written before, the Earthquakes’ snakebitten construction project hit delays in July when workers uncovered large concrete bunkers during demolition. Now the team has cited unexpected complexities in connecting the stadium to San Jose’s sewer system.  This team cannot catch a break.

I expect the Quakes will continue to play in their current home, Buck Shaw Stadium, as they await progress on their stadium. Not great news for a team that continues to slip down the table in the Western Conference. Happy Friday the 13th Earthquakes fans.

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

Kansas State finalizes football stadium upgrade just in time

Kansas State University officials breathed a giant sigh of relief today after concluding a $75 million expansion to Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas one week ahead of their home football opener with North Dakota State.

For many fans, returning to a favorite sports stadium after an off-season away is like reconnecting with an old friend. For Wildcat fans returning to Snyder Stadium, it’ll be more like reconnecting with an old friend who got a world-class facelift during the off-season – but only on one side of their face.

Completed in just over a year, the University flattened and remodeled the stadium’s West Stands. Named the West Stadium Center, the update added a new concourse, fan store, press box, private suites, a 15,000-square foot private lounge, a team Hall of Honor and a tailgate terrace to help fans enjoy a nice view while they get their drink on.

Below are two project videos, including the latest construction video and a concept video. With the project now complete, it’s just a matter a time before the final project tour video posts and I’ll update this post when they do.

Photo and video credit: Kansas State Athletics