Upgrades to the University of Alabama’s Bryant Denny Stadium look set to press ahead, but with changes to the original plans.
The Physical Properties committee of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees has voted in favour of the changes suggested in the new plan.
And this will mean an increase in costs to some $92 million. Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne said that instead of a new single large video board in the south end zone, Alabama’s plan now calls for replacing the current corner screens. The new ones will be 60% larger and incorporate new technology.
The single new video board would have eliminated a large portion of the 8,500 upper deck seats added in 2010, but now the capacity of the stadium, currently at 101,821, will drop by a few hundred seats and still remain above 100,000.
Upgrades also include more elevators, improvements to suites and areas that students will have access to so they can have a better game day experience.
The walk of champions tunnel remains part of this phase of the renovation, along with a reconfiguration of the Alabama locker room.
The recruiting room in the stadium will also be expanded into space currently occupied by offices in the north end zone.
Bidding on the project for construction companies will begin in August with plans to start renovation work at the end of the 2019 season.