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Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA, is bringing home its long-term initiative for an upgraded Kessler Field after the local Zoning Board voted for approval. The likely start of the $15 million project will be at the end of the 2016 football season, completing  in time for the 2017 season-opener against Lafayette.

Monmouth said in a statement that 70 percent of the private funds raised for the $15 million project have been secured. The University is seeking the remaining funds and other necessary approvals and building permits before embarking on construction of new bowl with 4,200 seats (capacity up from 3,100).

Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown said.

Beyond the obvious benefit to our current and future student-athletes, the Monmouth Stadium will offer an enhanced fan experience for alumni and friends in the community, as well as a boost to the local economy that will come along with the opportunities to host regional and national competitions, in addition to league play.

Marilyn McNeil, Vice president and Director of Sthletics, said:

Our student-athletes have enjoyed continued success and national recognition. The Monmouth Stadium will be a showcase for that success and a training ground for what we hope to accomplish in the future.

Tonga National Stadium heads into feasibility study

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced that New Zealand will contribute around $2 million towards upgrading Tonga’s national stadium in Nuku’alofa ahead of the 2019 Pacific Games.

Commenting on the funding, Prime Minister Key explained:

New Zealand looks forward to working with the Tongan Government to improve Teufaiva Stadium in the lead up to the 2019 Pacific Games and other international events.

Teufaiva Stadium is already an important site for domestic rugby, athletics and community events and will be a great venue for the Pacific Games.

New Zealand supports a fit-for-purpose upgrade of the stadium that will expand its utility while supporting the strong community that participates in current stadium events.

I’m happy that New Zealand can assist Tonga in its efforts to promote sports and healthy lifestyles in Tonga.

The first step in the upgrade work will be a New Zealand-funded feasibility study and design, and technical support for the Tongan Government.


Olympique de Marseille signs new lease for Stade Vélodrome as venue nears end of refurb

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Top tier French soccer club Olympique de Marseille (OM) will continue to play in Stade Vélodrome following the signing of a new lease agreement with city authorities.

The deal was announced by the Club’s owner, Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, and President, Vincent Labrune, together with the Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, at a press conference.

The three-year deal will see the Club pay the city a fixed fee of €3m for the upcoming season, and then €4m for each of the following two seasons. The agreement also means that if ticket sales exceed €20m in any given season, the Club will pay the city 20% of any excess.

Labrune said during the press conference:

This agreement is more than acceptable for both parties. This agreement, with a fixed sum and a variable sum, is a win-win. If our ticket sales grow, we will share a part of the profits with the city. If ticket sales do not grow, it doesn’t mean we will be dragging a ball and chain. It just makes sense. It’s how to run a company.

The Club has played at Stade Vélodrome since it opened in 1937. The stadium is currently nearing the end of a major refurbishment, which has seen the installation of a roof and an increase in capacity from 60,000 to 67,000, ahead of France’s hosting of UEFA’s EURO 2016 tournament.

Bill Snyder Family Stadium’s west side expansion complete for opening day

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Phase II of the Bill Snyder Stadium Master Plan on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kansas was completed ahead of schedule, a full week before the defending Big 12 Champion Wildcats took on two-time defending FCS National Champion North Dakota State, before a Fox Sports One National television audience on 30 August in the first game of the season.

K-State’s Athletics Director, John Currie said:

We’ve sold a record number of season tickets. We’ll have the most fans ever to come to the stadium this season, about 400,000, and set the all-time attendance record. We appreciate our partners Mortenson and GE Johnson and the great job they’ve done for our fans.

Mortenson Construction and joint-venture partner GE Johnson Construction were responsible for this largest project in K-State Athletics history, designed to greatly improve the game-day experience for Kansas State University fans with new amenities, concessions, ADA seating, restrooms, premium seating, improved media and broadcast facilities, a Hall of Fame, plaza improvements, and an enhanced tailgating experience. New field lighting levels meet Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Games and high-definition TV broadcast requirements.

Derek Cunz, Vice President at Mortenson Construction, said:

The Mortenson GE Johnson team put an impressive amount of work in place in an aggressive eight-month time frame. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the seamless collaboration between the design team, construction team, trade partners, University facilities and University athletics.

Cunz also identified some other factors that contributed to the fast-track project:

Selection of Mortenson | GE Johnson as the single CM for the entire project, including FF&E, food service, signage, and furniture.

Early involvement between planning and design.

Focus on interim milestones.

Integration of Virtual Design and Construction into the daily planning.

Prefabrication of many exterior elements, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical.

Mortenson | GE Johnson self-performed the concrete and site work to manage the schedule, safety, and quality from the beginning of the project.


  • Project Statistics
  • 218,000 square feet of new construction
  • 12,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 78,000 square feet of stone veneer
  • 390 peak workers on site every day during construction
  • 750,000+ craftworker hours worked
  • 1,250 tons of rebar
  • 479 days to build Kansas State’s Northwest Gateway
  • 2,500 tons of structural and misc steel
  • 44 new private suites
  • 37 new loge boxes
  • 713 new club seats
  • 56 bid packages / trade partners


Other team members included: AECOM / HEERY, Henderson Engineers, Olsson Associates, Bigelow Consulting, LeJeune Steel, Torgeson Electric, Central Mechanical, Bamford Fire Protection, Midwest Drywall, Gallegos Stone, Performance Masonry, Griffith Lumber, and Manko Windows.

Differing fortunes for Orlando and Miami stadium projects in the past few days. Orlando’s city commissioners has picked Turner Construction as the general contractor for the new Citrus Bowl at a cost of between $175 million and $200 million. Allen Johnson, the city’s Venues Director. said:

This is an exciting time. We really have an opportunity to develop a new stadium.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins’ proposal for public money for a stadium upgrade was turned down last week in a vote by the state Legislature. Owner Stephen Ross believes $350 million in stadium improvements are needed and he has ruled out a less expensive, scaled-down renovation.

The plan for the Citrus Bowl calls for demolition and reconstruction to take place in 2014 between the Florida Classic in November, football bowl games in December and January and the Monster Jam motorsports event in late January 2015.

The renovation includes replacement of the lower seating bowl and construction of new club levels on each side, with 5,000 to 6,000 premium club seats. The stadium will have wider concourses, new concessions, restrooms, kitchens and locker rooms, a new video scoreboard, a new façade and technology upgrades.

The Citrus Bowl renovation will affect 80% of the structure.

The Citrus Bowl renovation will affect 80% of the structure.