Published June 22, 2012 - 11:24am
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Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin was on a radio show in Jackson, Mississippi, yesterday morning giving some insight to MSU’s new stadium expansion.
The expansion, which will be starting later this summer into early fall, will reportedly cost a total of $80 million.
State is currently accepting bids on the project, and it will be funded with bonds, for now.
MSU is on target to sell out its season ticket allotment for the third straight year, giving hope that when the stadium expansion does occur, the seats will be filled.
Currently, the seating capacity is 55,082 in Davis Wade Stadium, and after expansion, there is supposed to be a net increase of 6,000 seats.
But expanding the stadium is not just to get more butts in the seats; rather, the bleachers in the current end zone will be removed and bowled in with 1,500 premium seats and 7,000 bleacher seats. Sticklin also allowed there would be “a combination of club seats, skyboxes and loge seats”.
Loge area seating gives you more room than a typical skybox, and thus are becoming more popular in sports arenas today.
The expansion is supposed to be completed by 2014.
Davis Wade Stadium is the second oldest football stadium in Division I FBS college football. State is excited to see her get a nice little face lift.
MSU released photos during the spring of 2011 of what the stadium might look like once completed: