The Ohio State University Ohio Stadium’s four-year, $35 million renovation and expansion project was ready for fans as the 2019 Buckeyes’ Big Ten football season kicked off for the new season in Columbus.
With Barton Malow as general contractor, HNTB and Osborne as architects, the project included restoring & recoating the 94-year-old concrete on C-deck.
The work also covered upgrade of power distribution systems for the east, west and south stands; improvement & upgrading of B-deck with better lighting, larger TVs, improved sound system & better scoreboards; renovation of the premium seating area to consolidate all University Suites into one University Suite, and adding 35 Loge Boxes & 16 Luxury Suites.
The Athletics Dept. used auxiliary funds, debt & private donations to fund the project. Design & build began in 2016 with overall capacity decreased from 104,944 to 102,854 seats before the 2018 season, with most of the seats removed having an obstructed view; new loge & suite seating, and final C-deck restoration were completed in 2019.
When Athletic Director Gene Smith announced the renovations, he said:
We are committed to providing our fans, players and coaches with one of the best facilities in the nation.
And while he expects a $1.8 million loss in revenue from the removal of the seats, the addition of 35 loge boxes and 16 luxury suites will more than offset that loss.
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