Davidson College plans new football stadium and other venues

Davidson College on Thursday unveiled a $ 45 million plan for a new football stadium and new or improved equipment for all 21 of its Division I sports teams.

The new stadium would be built next to the Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field, home of Davidson College field hockey. Lacrosse matches would also be played at the new stadium, according to the announcement.

The plan also includes a new sports complex that includes a performance center for Davidson College athletes in all sports and a training hall and locker rooms for football, lacrosse and field hockey.

The track at Richardson Stadium, where the football team is currently playing, will be renovated so that the college can host games and other events. New locker rooms are planned for the track and cross country teams and new cardio training programs, as well as wellness programs for everyone on campus.

Construction on the projects could begin by next summer and last for two years, Davidson College officials said.

The timeline depends on the project’s design work and fundraising, officials said. Almost $ 16 million has been raised for the entire project, according to Thursday’s announcement.

“Davidson Athletics is positioned for continued growth and excellence, thanks to the outstanding varsity athletes, coaching staff and donors, and so many others, who believe so deeply in our mission to do well in athletics. Davidson College athletic director Chris Clunie said in a statement announcing the plans.

“Our collective investment in new and improved facilities demonstrates the role of Division I athletics in the footprint of this institution,” said Clunie, a 2006 Davidson College graduate.

The college hired Odell Associates like the architectural firm for its plans.

Originally based in Charlotte, Odell designed projects in Queen’s Town including the BB&T Ballpark, Spectrum Center, and the original Charlotte Convention Center, all located in upscale neighborhoods. He has also worked on PNC Music Pavilion, Ovens Auditorium, the original Charlotte Coliseum, and the Tyvola Charlotte Coliseum, according to his website.

Elsewhere, the company has designed everything from the PNC Arena in Raleigh to the study of the NBA Seattle Supersonics arena. Odell more recently designed the new 4,000-seat arena at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

This story was originally published September 9, 2021 13:33.

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