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The University of Louisville Athletic Department started its “Coming Full Circle” capital campaign to fund the expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Funds raised will add 10,000 seats to the north end of the stadium and the Howard Schnellengberger Football Complex will undergo major renovations.

The US$55m project will include 1,000 club seats, 70 premium boxes and 12 exclusive field level suites.

Athletic Director, Tom Jurich, said in a statement:

I feel it’s important to always stay on the cutting-edge in everything we do, and it’s critical that we do that with our facilities. This project is a crucial investment in our football program and essential as we move this program forward in the ACC. It’s our goal to make Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium one of the top facilities in the nation, and we feel we have an extraordinary plan in place that will excite our fan base and give us a chance to recruit some of the top student-athletes in the country.

Jurich said construction for the expansion would take up to two years, and the project should be completed by 2019, when Louisville hosts Notre Dame in the season opener. Though 2019 is the target date, Jurich would like for the stadium to be completed as soon as possible, but it depends on fundraising.

Team coach, Bobby Petrino, said:

This project will elevate our program to an even higher level and help us recruit some of the top young men in the country. Everything we do is focused on enhancing the experience for our student-athletes and top-flight facilities are essential to meeting that goal.

Fans will be closer to the field than ever before, with field level vantage points that will improve the game-day atmosphere.

Student-athletes will benefit from the team’s weight room and conditioning center doubling in size. 70,000sqft will be added to the training areas while improvements will be made to the coaches’ offices and players lounge.

PepsiCo donated US$5m for naming rights on the club expansion, while Planet Fitness has given $3m for the expansion of the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex.

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium was originally completed in 1998, and expanded in 2010 to the capacity of 55,000. After construction is complete, the stadium will approximately hold 65,000.


Source: Article by Sam Draut, Louisville Cardinal:


Over the last few months, the Main Stand redevelopment at Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium has continued at pace, with completion expected during the 2016/17 Premier League season.

KSS have been working in partnership with Jacobs and Planit on the design, which is keeping the traditional four stand configuration of Anfield. The existing Main Stand seating tier will be retained with new middle and upper tiers under construction.

The first major milestone was reached in July 2015, with the lifting of the 650 tonne roof truss, and in recent weeks the upper tier concrete terrace has been completed.

The expanded stand will enable more fans to experience the unique atmosphere at Anfield and become a part of the famous ‘Anfield Roar’.

Once complete, the Main Stand will become one of the largest all-seater single stands in Europe’s top flights, with over 20,000 fans creating a sea of noise, Anfield’s very own ‘Red Wall’.

Next season will mark another exciting chapter for the Club’s spiritual home, a ground laced in the fabric of football folklore and a beacon not only for the city of Liverpool, but for the whole of English football.

Jacksonville Jaguars unveil US$63m stadium enhancement

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The Jacksonville Jaguars recently announced that they had agreed terms with the City of Jacksonville to undertake approximately US$63m in major enhancements to EverBank Field, including two new end zone video scoreboards that will be the largest of their kind in the world.


The plan also calls for a major renovation of the north end zone to introduce a world-class entertainment and viewing area for fans that will position EverBank Field as a destination on NFL game days and help attract and keep premier events in Jacksonville.


Jaguars’ owner, Shahid Khan, said:

We support Mayor (Alvin) Brown’s initiatives to bring new energy to Downtown Jacksonville and the city’s urban core and the enhancements to EverBank Field that we are announcing will help position Jacksonville as a home and destination for major events, now and in the future. This is indeed great news for Jacksonville.


Mayor Brown added:

This is about vision. We’re seeing a great example of Shad Khan’s leadership and the Jaguars’ dedication to creating the best, second-to-none fan experience right here in Jacksonville.

Enhancing our stadium is a positive step toward the strategic goal of downtown revitalisation, as well, and it’s an opportunity to play to our strengths as a destination for sports and entertainment. Beyond the Jaguars games, we can expect the stadium enhancements to engage the thousands of fans who come to Jacksonville for the Florida-Georgia game, the Gator Bowl and other major events at EverBank Field.


Highlights of the agreement include:

» New video scoreboards in each end zone, each measuring 55ft by 301ft, making them the largest of their kind in the world

» Major enhancements to EverBank Field’s video capabilities

» New LED fascia board displays

» A new scoreboard control room equipped with state-of-the-art software

» A new platform area in the north end zone with pools, unique food and beverage offerings and interactive activities


The improvements complement the nearly US$10m in stadium upgrades that have been funded by Khan, including locker room upgrades, a new weight room, new training room and a renovation of the team’s administrative offices.


According to multiple reports in the local media, it seems likely that financial services firm, EverBank, is set to extend its agreement for the stadium naming rights. Formerly the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the 67,000-capacity NFL venue has been known as EverBank Field since the company signed a naming rights deal in 2009.


The original deal was reportedly US$16m and it is believed the new deal could be worth around US$43m over a ten-year term.



Image courtesy: Jacksonville Jaguars

Mabey Structures delivers steelwork for Cardiff City Stadium expansion

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New specialist steel manufacturer secures first contract with the expansion of Cardiff City Football Club’s East Stand.


Mabey Structures, a new business venture created by Mabey Bridge, has secured its first major contract with Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd to design, manufacture and install structural steelwork for the new East Stand Expansion of Cardiff City Stadium. The expansion will add a further 5,000 seats to the stadium’s capacity, as well as boxes and corporate hospitality facilities.


The expansion plans will see a new single tier installed that will cantilever over existing seating. The phased expansion programme will incorporate a combination of new build accommodation with various demolition and alteration works to the existing stadium’s structure. New concourse areas will be provided on two tiers with the intention of converting the lower tier into hospitality facilities at a later date.


Mabey Structures was established in September 2013 and significantly expands Mabey Bridge’s infrastructure offer to the UK and European marketplace. Led by industry veteran Jason Churcher and supported by Paul Benwell, Mabey Structures has an initial focus on design and manufacturing for stadia and the commercial sector.


Speaking about the project, Tim Outteridge, Infrastructure Director at Mabey Bridge comments:

The Mabey Structures team has been assembled from experts with particular expertise and experience in the field of structural steelwork for stadia. Building on Mabey Bridge’s heritage and capabilities, the new Mabey Structures team enjoys cutting edge facilities in both design and manufacture that puts them at the forefront of manufacturing for sports and commercial developments. We are delighted that the new business has secured this very important high profile contract. The new stadium expansion will provide Cardiff City football team with much needed extra capacity and high quality facilities and will not only further establish the Cardiff City Stadium as one of the best in the UK, but will also stand as an excellent example of the capabilities of Mabey Structures.


Work on the East Stand Expansion programme commenced on January 14, 2014, with the works expected to be completed this month, in time for the UEFA Super Cup Final to be played in August. The stadium has remained functional during the construction works, with both Cardiff City FC and Welsh National Team matches unaffected.


Manchester City FC unveil latest images of Etihad Stadium expansion

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New images have been released illustrating how Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium will look once the 6,000-seat stadium expansion – designed by Populous – has been completed. City gained planning permission for the expansion back in February and engineering firm Laing O’Rourke is overseeing the construction.


An integrated Laing O’Rourke Group team is carrying out the expansion, with work having commenced at the beginning of April. Interesting aspects of the new pictures include versatile signage on the stadium facades and interiors.


The extension works are expected to cost in the region of £50m and will be undertaken in two phases. The project will result in an increased capacity of 60,000 (up from the current 48,000), making it the second largest in the English Premier League, behind Old Trafford (capacity 75,811), home to local rivals Manchester United FC.

The first phase of construction will be completed in time for the 2015-16 season and will see the South Stand expanded by c.6,000 seats. The second phase will see development of the North Stand to complete the transformation.

The images depict Etihad Stadium's new interiors. Images courtesy Laing O'Rourke.

The images depict Etihad Stadium’s new interiors. Images courtesy Laing O’Rourke.

Etihad Stadium capacity increase on the horizon

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Earlier this year, Manchester City Football Club issued a questionnaire to fans and held an exhibition at the Etihad Stadium to present the Club’s options for the potential expansion of the ground’s seating capacity. The capacity of the Etihad Stadium is currently around 47,500. The Club’s two proposed options are to undertake the expansion of the South Stand alone (phase 1), to increase matchday capacity to around 54,000, or to expand both the South and North Stands at the same time (phases 1 and 2), to increase matchday capacity to about 60,000.

In the event of planning permission being granted, it is the Club’s current intention to first proceed with the development of the South Stand. However a phased or concurrent approach – pursuing the additional construction of an extension to the North Stand – remains a possibility.

This proposed expansion of the Etihad Stadium would allow the club to introduce a new Seasoncard for £299, and to improve the hospitality offer.

The club plans a formal public consultation during the the autumn and submission of a planning application to Manchester City Council in December. Spokesperson: Pete Bradshaw, Head of Infrastructure & Corporate Responsibility; said:

Manchester City Football Club strives to provide its supporters and visiting fans with one of the best possible matchday experiences in the Premier League and European football. Games are selling out frequently prior to going on open sale and there is rising demand from supporters for more season tickets, matchday tickets and premium seating. This is why we are considering these expansion proposals.

Premiership status triggers expansion in Cardiff

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Cardiff City is working on plans for a capacity expansion.

Capacity could increase to 38,000.

Cardiff City is looking to expand its stadium capacity to take advantage of its promotion to the Premiership, perhaps to an eventual capacity of 38,000.

Phase one of the expansion would see the ground’s Ninian Stand given a second tier – with the roof of the stand removed before the end of next season – reports WalesOnline.

Cardiff City Stadium Manager Wayne Nash confirmed supporters had been consulted on plans but said a feasibility study still needed to be completed.

Then 5,000 seats would be put in between May and August next year, in time for the beginning of kick-off in the 2014/15 season.

It is then planned for 2,500 to 3,000 to be added to both the Canton and Grange ends of the ground respectively to bring the overall capacity up to approximately 38,000 – up from 26,828.

The club is reported to be working with engineers Arup to draw up its plans.