InfoCision AHEAD of schedule
How about that? The stadium that many Golden Flashes told me would never happen is now AHEAD of schedule! That’s the word from the University of Akron Athletic department.
As you can see in the photo the tower footings for the west side of the stadium are set. Soon, we’ll be seeing the grandstands rise to the sky.
The Athletic Department also says ticket sales are brisk. In fact, all of the luxury suites have already been sold and the lodge boxes are going fast.
Over the past several weeks, the city closed Nash Street, allowing 90 percent of the excavation to be complete to date. While excavation is being completed, work has already begun pouring concrete for the retaining walls from the eventual Summa Field playing surface to the first row of the stands as well as beginning to pour the foundation for what will be the back of the east stands (opposite the press tower). In fact, you can see the outline of the lower bowl for both sides. The area that will be the east and west concourses are also starting to take shape.
“I go out and look at the site everyday I am in town and everyday I see something new,” said UA head football coach J.D. Brookhart. “I am amazed the progress they make from when I enter my office in the morning to the time when I leave for the day. I have said it before but I can not help reiterating how exciting this is for our program, the athletics department and the University.”
In the coming days, a portion of Union Street (running between the complex and the Lee Jackson Field Track) will be narrowed to one lane to allow a steel erector crane to operate. Also, footings for the press tower are being formed with the structural steel set to arrive in mid-June.
As mentioned by Coach Brookhart, InfoCision Stadium will not only benefit the football program but the entire athletics department and the University. The north endzone (closest to the Stile Athletics Field House) will feature a two-story facility, containing a new athletic training room, game-day operations for the football program and locker rooms with lounges for four Zips’ sports programs. The press tower will devote up to 80,000 square feet of space over three levels (floors 2-4) for the University to use for academic purposes.
(Source & Photo: Akron Media Relations)
UPDATE FROM MAC RHOADES
UA will compete in a new sport, and efforts are being made to improve the academic performance of student athletes. Akron Athletic Director announced that women’s golf will be added to the University’s athletic program. Also, Rhoades provides us with an update on construction of InfoCision Stadium/Summa Field.
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