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Commonwealth Stadium upgrade at UK gets build team

The University of Kentucky has chosen to work with Ross Tarrant Architects and HNTB for the design of the $110 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium and other football facilities. Skanska USA Building Inc. and the Congleton-Hacker Company will be the construction managers. Completion is set for September 2015.

The renovation proposal includes team facilities, press box, upscale seating areas and more accessible seating. The team intends to improve the overall functionality and aesthetics of both Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Training Center to heighten the fan experience and to attract future students and athletes to the University of Kentucky.

The project will be completed in two phases (proposal stage).

Phase I (Sept. 2013-Dec. 2014):

  • New team retail store
  • Renovation and expansion of the Wildcat Den (home to football press conferences)
  • Demolition of nine rows of the existing upper deck to clear the way for new press and suite levels (putting the press box on top of the stadium)
  • 28 loge boxes
  • 374 new 21-inch chair back club seats
  • Renovated President’s room and team locker rooms
  • Multi-purpose recruiting room adjacent to the Nutter Field House.

Phase 2 (Jan. 2015-Aug. 2015)

  • Two new student end-zone viewing decks (demolition of the elevator tower and concessions and restrooms, five rows of seating)
  • Four new accessible platforms around the upper concourse
  • 20-foot deep concessions and new restrooms
  • Banners, possibly a Ring of Honor flanking the north and south of the scoreboard area to enclose the stadium.
  • Larger press box and additional club seating