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Construction crews wearing bright yellow hard hats and the sound of cranes being operated have become fixtures around Zable Stadium on the campus of the College of William & Mary.
The crews and cranes are working to complete a major renovation project that will add a new upper deck, suites and a press box to the Smith-McGlothlin West Grandstand to the stadium.
In addition to the west stand upgrades, Zable Stadium will also have wider aisles, renovations to existing restrooms and the addition of new restrooms, improved lighting, additional hand rails, a new sound system, more concession and retail locations and a new entrance that will double as a ticket location.
William & Mary Athletic Director Terry Driscoll said the construction is currently running on time and the project, which he called a “significant upgrade in nearly every fan amenity,” is expected to be ready for the 2016 football season home opener.
Despite the magnitude of the project, crews have been able to keep the effects of the construction to within the general area of Zable Stadium with “little or no impact on the rest of campus.”
The renovations will have no effect on the parking situation at Zable Stadium during game days and are not expected to cause any changes to the stadium’s seating policy during the 2015 football season. William & Mary plays its first home game on Sept. 26 against Stony Brook.
So far, construction crews have made visible progress to the foundation and steel superstructures that will house the new suites and press box in the west stands. The project is being completed in phases with small projects to be completed during the 2015 football season.
“After the completion of the 2015 football season in November or December, you will see even more dramatic components of the project come together,” Driscoll said.
Funding the project has been a big undertaking for William & Mary with the total cost of the renovations figuring to be roughly $27 million. Nearly $22 million has been raised thanks to donor support, and William & Mary is still actively fundraising for the project.
After previous additions to Zable Stadium that have included stadium lights, a turf field and a video scoreboard, the new renovations have sparked a renewed sense of excitement for those associated with the project.
“We have been very excited about the reception from all the various constituents,” Driscoll said. “It is an exciting time for the entire Tribe Football program.”
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