Jan. 28, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Board of Regents of Washington State University gave approval to begin design work for additional improvements to Martin Stadium, which will include premium seating, a new press box and a new football operations center.
The board voted to support the project at its meeting held Friday at WSU Tri-Cities.
"We are very appreciative that the Board of Regents shares our vision as we move forward with this project," said Washington State University Director of Athletics Bill Moos. "The enhancement to our football facilities increases our opportunity to attract top talent and energize our fan base."
The project will be privately funded, through donations and premium seating revenue. Moos said the athletics department also expects to receive increased revenue from a new Pac-12 television contract, revenue that could be used to underwrite some of the project's cost.
As the design phase moves forward, the university will develop a firm estimate of the overall cost, as well as a financial plan for the construction, in consultation with the regents. Design work is expected to cost $5 million, which will come from athletics department donation reserves.
The new renovation plan shifts the premium seating to the south side of the stadium, in part to take advantage of easily available covered parking for premium seat holders. Shifting the construction focus to the south side will also facilitate the construction of a new, state-of-the-art press box, which will also be located on that side of the stadium.
The planned 100,000-square-foot football operations center will be located in the west end of the stadium. It will include coaches' offices, meeting rooms, locker rooms, weight room, training room, student-athlete lounge, training table and academic support areas.
Moos said the goal is to start construction after the conclusion of the 2011 football season. The press box and premium seating areas (approximately 2,200 seats) should be largely completed by the beginning of the 2012 season, with the football operations center to be completed prior to the 2013 season.