Sanford Stadium, home of the University of Georgia’s American football team, will undergo a $68.5m (£56.1m/€66.3m) renovation project after the college’s board of regents approved a series of improvements.
The project will be carried out over two phases to ensure the 92,000-seat stadium can remain operational during the college football season.
The Athens Banner-Herald newspaper reports that the first phase will include a new connection point at Gillis Bridge to improve access to the stadium, the creation of a plaza space, a wider 100 Level concourse, and upgrades to toilet facilities.
The second phase will focus on expanding the southwest corner of the stadium with additions such as a new press box, six premium suites and more toilets on the 300 Level. According to the report, additional premium seats will be fitted where the current press box is located.
Work on the project, which is being financed by the UGA Athletic Association, will begin next year and will be completed in 2024.
UGA president Jere Morehead told the Associated Press news agency: “We’re improving the ability of our fans to get in and out of the stadium, to have better services, to really improve the overall fan experience. So it’s all focused on the fans, which are the lifeblood of college football.”
Morehead added: “We’ve always had a tremendous demand for premium seating. This isn’t going to meet that demand, but it is one more step in addressing that demand.”
Sanford Stadium is one of the largest venues in the US and has been expanded several times over the years.