ASU wants to build new football stadium

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For years, Alabama State University fans and players have called Cramton bowl their football stadium.

It may be that way for a few more years, but ASU administrators are hoping to take the sport back to their stomping ground soon.

"We are moving forward with making history and bringing the first on campus football stadium to Alabama State University," says ASU Athletic Director, Stacy Danley.

Danley says there's been talk about building a stadium on campus for years, but now the time and price are right.

"Construction costs are down, interest rates are low, so that's just a bonus," adds Danley.

The design is still unknown, but Danley says they want to build it near the Hall Street entrance to the campus, right off I-85.

"You'll be able to see the stadium from the interstate."

Students believe a stadium on campus is key, saying it's hard for some to even go to the games at Cramton.

"I planned on it, but I have no ride," says Dana Jeffries.

"There are a lot of students that don't have cars," says Courtney Days.

While the convenience is a good thing, students say there's more to it than that.

"It'll bring a lot more pride to the school, because everybody's going to be like, 'we got our own stadium,'" says red-shirted Freshman, Deven Bacon.

"Everybody's going to be able to walk over there, and it's going to bring more people and fans to come," says Lashana Porteous.

Administrators say the stadium will cost $50 million dollars. They're planning for it to seat 30,000 people.

Administrators hope to have the stadium built in a year in a half.

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