MUSKEGON – Shane Fairfield was 9 years old when he played his first football game at Hackley Stadium.
Several years later, the memory is still vivid for Muskegon High School’s 11th-year head coach. The stadium, however, looks a bit different.
“That was exciting because I felt like I was in the Big House (at University of Michigan). I mean, being a 9-year-old kid going through that tunnel and seeing the field and there’s no track around it and that kind of stuff, I was blown away then,” Fairfield recalled earlier this week, as he prepared his Big Reds (1-0, 1-0 OK Green Conference) for their big crosstown matchup against Mona Shores (1-0, 1-0).
At 7 tonight, the Big Reds will finally get the opportunity to play in their upgraded, century-old stadium. As fate would have it, the rival Sailors will be on the opposing sideline.
Muskegon High School has been
A little more than a week before a delayed reopening, Bryant-Denny Stadium’s renovations are wrapping up.
Texas A&M will visit next Saturday in the first game in a reduced-capacity stadium that received an $107 million update.
The stadium will seat just under 20,000 fans as part of the social distancing requirements, Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne said in a Thursday interview with AL.com.
Byrne also revealed the new capacity of the 91-year old stadium when it can be filled to the brim again one day.
Bryant-Denny Stadium will now seat 100,077 after the offseason renovations to club and luxury seating.
It had a capacity of 101,821 since the 2010 addition of the south end zone upper deck and luxury seating.
The new capacity will not impact Alabama’s standing on the list of largest college football stadiums. It remains No. 7, just behind LSU’s Tiger Stadium that seats 102,321. Michigan Stadium
Oregon State’s Reser Stadium remodeling project now carries a $140 million price tag, down from $175 million
The cost to remodel the aging west side of Oregon State’s Reser Stadium has fallen substantially during the past year.
Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes said earlier this week that the price tag to remodel Reser Stadium is now $140 million. That’s down 20 percent from a projected cost of $175 million at the outset of the project.
Barnes said the project cost is a moving target, and the initial cost of $175 million was conservative estimate. But in the university’s request for proposal document released Oct. 15, 2019, it states the project cost as approximately $175 million, with a direct construction budget of approximately $122 million.
Some of it is fine-tuning the project, Barnes said. A more accurate design and better knowing the scope and scale led to a more informed number for remodeling Reser.
The pandemic, oddly, has helped too. It led to market conditions