Jim Knowlton, Athletics Director at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has spoken about his strategic vision for Falcon Stadium, following receipt of an anonymous donation to kick start renovations.
New features will include a high-definition scoreboard, remodelled locker rooms, removing the aluminium bleachers that form the upper bowl on the east side and replacing them with enclosed suites, updating restrooms and concessions, meeting the guidelines set forth by the Americans With Disabilities Act and paving the parking lot. The academy will add a Memorial Garden and a fence where each post includes looks at Air Force history.
The project hasn’t been handed over to architects or engineers yet but Knowlton said he has the full support of Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson as well as help with funding after a $5m anonymous donation.
The stadium’s capacity will drop from around 47,000 to 40,000 and some of the more minor renovations may be completed for the 2016 season. The rest of the work on the stadium will come from a mix of private and government funds. Knowlton said:
It is a phenomenal stadium, but it needs a little bit of upkeep. I think that’s the biggest thing we’re looking to do right now is, how do we take this stadium from good to great.