Eastern Kentucky University will begin construction on an expansion of its football stadium this summer, the school announced Wednesday.
The expansion project on the east side of Roy Kidd Stadium will include more than 3,000 new bleacher seats, and a concourse that will feature modern concessions and restrooms. A new pedway will be constructed from the hill beyond the north end zone that leads onto the concourse level.
The first floor will include a new team locker room featuring a team lounge, equipment room and a game day training area. A coaches’ locker room will also be included on this level.
The entire structure, which was designed by Murphy Graves Trimble of Lexington and Rosser International of Atlanta, will be constructed with future expansion and renovations to Roy Kidd Stadium in mind. The project is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2017 season.
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“This is an exciting time for our football program and the university,” Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller said in a news release. “This project will be an incredible benefit to EKU football, but it will also make Roy Kidd Stadium more appealing for future events that the university may host. More importantly, this project takes care of the young men on our football team and provides them with a first-class facility.”
The school said the project will be funded through agency bonds sold in April 2015.
The school plans to launch a new web page — EKUSportsBuilds.com — which will track the progress of multiple upcoming athletic facility projects on the campus.