TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced Tuesday that after more than a year of discussions with UA President Dr. Robert E. Witt, Vice-President for Financial Affairs Dr. Lynda Gilbert and the UA System Board of Trustees, Moore will formally request Board of Trustees approval for a plan for expansion of Bryant-Denny Stadium's South End Zone. The proposed project will add more than 9,000 seats and 36 skyboxes to raise the stadium's capacity to approximately 101,000.
"This announcement today is simply to let our fans, boosters and the Board of Trustees knows that we are confident in the future of Alabama athletics, and the football program in particular," said Moore. "Interest in our football program is at an all-time high, as reflected in the enormous demand for season tickets and skyboxes. Our waiting list for football tickets is over 10,000. This project also will help support the Tuscaloosa economy now and in the future."
Pending Board approval, the stadium expansion project would cost approximately $80.6 million and would include preservation of the existing structure and enhancements that will improve the game-day experience for all fans. The project also will include new offices for the Crimson Tide Foundation, a food market & merchandise store on street level, and 2 new video boards on the corners of the upper deck to replace the current south end zone scoreboard.
If the UA Board of Trustees approves the project at this week's meeting, construction is expected to begin this spring with completion projected for the start of the 2010 football season. Davis Architects of Birmingham, Ala., in consultation with HOK Sport Architects of Kansas City, Mo., will coordinate design of the project.
"This is yet another very positive sign of the momentum and vision that the entire University of Alabama community shares," head football coach Nick Saban said. "We are very optimistic that the Board of Trustees will approve the start of this project. The leadership and support of Dr. Witt and Coach Moore is indicative of the dynamic period of growth and success we are experiencing."
Plans have not been finalized for ticket distribution in the new South End Zone addition, but all groups will be notified when a comprehensive plan is finalized. Additional South End Zone upper deck seating will be dedicated to accommodate UA students, faculty/staff, TIDE PRIDE members, and former UA lettermen.
The proposed project would take place in four phases: 1) utility relocation; 2) demolition of existing structure; 3) audio/visual upgrade; 4) stadium expansion. Those phases are outlined in detail below:
New capacity for storm water, sanitary sewer, and domestic water to support the South End Zone expansion and clear corridors by relocating and re-routing utilities.
Demolishing concrete pavement and removing abandoned utilities and the scoreboard on the south side of the stadium.
Demolition of existing audio/visual equipment at several locations in the stadium, and installation of a new distributed sound system; audio/visual system installation; exterior sound system installation; broadcast cabling; television replacement; speaker replacement on concourse level; installation of a new television distribution system.
*8,500 Upper Deck seats
*1,700 South Zone Club seats
*Upper concourse with concessions and restrooms
*Crimson Tide Foundation offices
*Donors Hall of Fame
*Outdoor market for food and merchandise