The Arkansas State Athletics Department on Thursday announced details and artist renderings of its planned north endzone expansion project at Centennial Bank Stadium.
The renderings are available at the new Red Wolves Foundation website.
Adam Haukap, the foundation’s executive director, told Arkansas Business on Friday that it had not determined a cost or timeline for the project yet. But he said the expansion will be funded through private donations.
The project includes adding about 150 four-person loge boxes (about 600 seats total), individual terrace premium seats, a new weight room and training/rehabilitation area, a new team locker room, position meeting rooms, players’ lounge, academic rooms and a team-theater meeting area to the football stadium.
Haukap said the loge boxes vary in price but will cost about $4,300 for the season. That includes the four seats, tailgate-type food, non-alcoholic beverages, one 10-by-10-foot tailgate spot and a connected parking space in the Tailgate Promenade, plus access to two cash bars and private restrooms.
The Tailgate Promenade will be created from redeveloped practice fields on the south end of the stadium. Haukap said that will replace the area expected to be lost to the university’s planned hotel and convention center. The practice fields will be moved north of the university’s student activity center.
The planned terrace seating will be located in the east and west areas of the endzone. The seats will be individual bar-height stools that include one Red Wolves Foundation donor parking spot.
Haukap said the foundation is discussing the project with contractors but has not hired a firm yet.
“We’re seeking a gross maximum price, and we’ll go from there. Once we have that price, we’ll be off to the races,” he said.
The architect for the project is AECOM of Los Angeles. The foundation is working with the global company’s office in Kansas City, Missouri. AECOM also designed the stadium’s Johnny Allison Tower.
The foundation’s new website also features a statement by A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir about the project and how it will enhance his department’s national brand.
“The vision is very clear for us!” Mohajir said. “We’re building an experience in order to help fund this opportunity to enhance the perception of our athletics program. This project will allow us to attract the top students in the country and provide first-class services to develop our students on and off the playing surfaces…”
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