The athletics department of Arkansas State University has received approval to begin construction on a $29m (£21.8m/€24.5m) expansion project at Centennial Bank Stadium.

Approval has been granted following a vote by the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees granting ground lease and space lease agreements with the Red Wolves Foundation.

The Red Wolves Foundation is now free to facilitate and pay for the construction of a new athletics facility for the college, as well as premium seating areas and aesthetic enhancements, in the north end zone of Centennial Bank Stadium.

“This is a monumental day in the history of Arkansas State Athletics as we take the next step in this historic initiative to help build our programs to be the best we can possibly be,” A-State’s director of athletics Terry Mohajir said. “This wouldn’t be possible without many loyal and dedicated people and companies who believe in the vision of our athletics program. I appreciate Dr. Damphousse, Dr. Welch and our Board of Trustee’s support and confidence in this project.”

The new facility will span about 66,533 square feet, and will be used by all student-athletes. It will feature a weight room, training and rehabilitation area, academic rooms and a team theatre-seating room.

It will also double up as an American football operations building consisting of a team locker room, meeting rooms, players’ lounge and coaching offices. The project will also result in the creation of 150 new lodge boxes and 68 new premium seats, generating additional revenue for the athletics department.

It is hoped the game-day experience will be significantly enhanced once the project is complete, with private and corporate events opportunities to also be created on non-game days.

A specific ground-breaking date for the project will be announced at a later date.

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