When the University of Alabama unveiled their plan for renovations to several major athletic buildings across campus, they were embarking on a $600 million project dubbed “The Crimson Standard.” Initial details of the project were vague, only offering a three-dimensional fly-through video and some basic information on how the project would be funded.
As the Crimson Tide continue their historic start to the 2018 season, more details have been released about where exactly the money for this project will be going. Three phases were announced, and the first is going to tackle the crown jewel of the university: Bryant-Denny Stadium.
According to Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne, the project is set to begin following the 2019 season.
On Friday, the Alabama Board of Trustees approved Phase I of the project, which includes a $75.5 million upgrade to Alabama’s football stadium. Davis Architects of Birmingham, who have been involved in past work on the legendary pantheon of the Crimson Tide football dynasty, will spearhead this massive round of renovations.
This will be the second round of renovations to Bryant-Denny Stadium in the last decade, following a separate $80.6 million expansion project approved back in February 2009, which Davis Architects also handled.
The renovations will include a few new upgrades to BDS including:
— Removing around 8,500 bleacher seats in the upper deck in the south end zone and replacing them with a new video board and standing-room-only area for fans to take in games.
— The Walk of Champions will be renovated to include a tunnel that leads directly to the locker room at the north side of the stadium.
— The stadium’s East-facing press boxes along the 50-yard line will be transformed into 10 luxury boxes, which will be sold for a modest $5 million a pop.
The renovations are expected to take Bryant-Denny Stadium below the 100,000 seat capacity mark, leaving only seven college football stadiums that reach the iconic six-figure seating level.
Funding for the project will come by way of $40.5 million in bonds, $25 million from gifts given to the Crimson Tide Foundation, and the remaining $10 million from reserves.
As the Crimson Tide football dynasty exponentially grows on the field, so must the facilities that drive the engine. When Bryant-Denny Stadium is all finished, it’ll stand as a testament to the continued success of Nick Saban’s program in Tuscaloosa.