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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

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