Not even 150k is too big for 'Bama football...Bryant-Denny may have approached the boundary of a stadium that's too big. My only game there, I was sitting in section NN-10. I might as well have been on the moon. They did a good job of working it into the campus setting though
https://twitter.com/Chris_Renkel@UA_Athletics announces major renovations to Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum including gameday entrance from Walk of Champions, new Jumbotron, and updated seating for basketball
https://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2018/08/details_timeline_for_bryant-de.htmlThe football stadium will see the south end zone upper deck reconfigured with a new massive video board in the middle of what is currently seating. This is the deck built less than 10 years ago and is home to a portion of the Alabama student section.
Pending approval from the trustees and president, work wouldn't begin until after the 2019 football season.
Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne said there's a good chance the capacity will move below the 100,000-seat mark.
A few of the main points of what will be changing at Bryant-Denny Stadium and when:
-- Work on Phase I is planned to begin after the 2019 season. That is expected to cost $78 million, though Byrne said that number is fluid.
-- Phase I will include reshaping the south end zone upper deck completed in 2010. A massive video board will replace a big chunk of the seating in the middle of the upper deck that has 9,683 seats.
-- Alabama officials did not know the exact dimensions of the new video board.
-- To replace some of those seats, a deck will be constructed for standing room viewing. Byrne said it was inspired by a trip he took to Lambeau Field to see how the Packers reshaped its stadium. Byrne said it was a better use of the space since the school had trouble getting students to fill in the upper deck portion of its seating allotment.
-- The goal, Byrne said, is not to change the number of seats in the student section.
-- The impact on the overall 101,821 capacity? "We don't know yet. We know where we are removing the seats on the south end, but we are creating the terrace for the students. We know there's a net loss there but we don't know what that exact number is going to be yet. But obviously, the terrace is going to allow a lot of capacity that had been in the stands but was in an area that we have a hard time getting our students to be in and stay during the game."
-- The press box is being relocated to the east side of the stadium. It is currently on the 50-yard line of the west side.
-- In the place of the existing press box, 10 new suites will be built. They are $5 million apiece and eight have already been sold.
-- The north end zone field level will have a bunker style club similar to what Mississippi State built in recent years.
-- The locker room and recruiting room in the stadium will also be rebuilt.
-- Outside, the Walk of Champions will now include a tunnel that leads directly into the locker room. It currently bends to the left after the initial straight walk off the boxes. There will be video boards inside the tunnel players will take that Byrne said players and recruits will enjoy.
-- A south end zone club/concept "of some sort" will also be part of Phase II, Byrne said.
-- Phase III at Bryant-Denny Stadium will reconfigure all of the existing concourses, restrooms and concessions. That portion is expected to cost $210 million, but again, it's a fluid situation.
-- When it's completed, the west side concourse will extend all the way to the street to allow more room to move people in and out as well as sell concessions. It will move from 18 feet for people to move around to 81 feet, Byrne said.
-- There will be renovations to the luxury boxes on the north, east and south suites in the future.
I can just about guarantee you that one side of that partially aborted upper deck will be student seating, and the other side visitor seating (for the big games where the visitors take the full allotment--they will move the visitor seats that are currently at the top of the North endzone over to this area, which already has some visitor seating). So, they really don't care about the viewing experience for the folks that will be stuck in those seats.Architecturally speaking that's a travesty. For all my loathing of Bama I appreciate the venue and thought the upper deck additions were done very well. This now comes across like the rich kid able to buy their way out of mistakes, featuring a thought process that treats all material objects as disposable. Yay.
If they absolutely have to do this then replace an entire end upper deck with something that is more proportionately in line with the venue and doesn't sit behind some seats where folks can't view the screen without turning around.
And since this is a college thread I'm obliged to offer my usual call for balanced home and away scheduling, scholarship reductions, yadda yadda yadda.