Old Dominion University returned to Division 1-AA football in August 2009 after more than 50 years without a team. An existing 1940s-era stadium was renovated, and a new 46,300-square-foot game-day building and 725-space parking garage were constructed. This increased the seating capacity in the stadium to almost 20,000 fans, and addressed additional ASSOCIATED FIRMEllerbe BecketCAPACITY625COST PER SQ FT$536.64FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities requirements to support the football program.
The architects designed the game-day building to provide increased seating and donor suites, as well as a home-team locker room, concession areas and patio gathering areas for fans. The four-story structure was built of cast-in-place concrete, but incorporated a brick veneer exterior finish to complement the existing stadium construction, and provides direct access from the adjacent parking garage to each level of the game-day building.
Extensive site improvements included the installation of a new Astroturf playing field with an underground drainage system that was an integral part of the stormwater-management system.