The Old Dominion Monarchs are only entering their fourth season in the FBS, but they are already looking to make a big move in Conference USA. It looks like the team will be getting much-needed renovations to their football stadium in the very near future.
On Thursday, the school’s Board of Visitors approved plains to rebuild Foreman Field and they hope to increase the seating capacity by more than 2,000. The renovations would build the stadium out to at least 22,130 fans as opposed to its current 20,118.
“Our first priority with the renovation of our current stadium was to enhance and solidify our fan experience in the short term, while preparing for future stadium expansion and market demand in the long term,” ODU athletic director Wood Selig said in a statement. “The fact that every single one of our sideline seats will be chair-back with ample leg room, with enhanced site lines and elevation, will considerably improve our fans’ in-stadium experience. We will be the only Conference-USA stadium and among only a few college football stadiums to have all chair-back seating.”
If there is a large enough demand for tickets, the renovations could see the stadium reach a capacity of about 30,000 fans. However, the current plans would help them jump from 12th to 11th in stadium capacity in the conference, jumping defending champions Western Kentucky in the process.
The first phase of the project, estimated to cost $55 million, will include new seats on the east and west sides of the stadium as well as new concessions, restrooms and a press box.
More fans is always a good thing for any sports team, whether it be high school or professional. Old Dominion could certainly use the support as they attempt to begin competing in the conference over the next few years.
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