The New Football Stadium
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The original football stadium was what we know today as the visitor’s stands. These stands were constructed after the legendary undefeated “Flying Squadron” of 1920 and served until 1962 when the current stadium configuration was finished. This new seating bowl, combined with the visitor’s stands, seats approximately 10,000 and provides bathrooms and concessions. In 1989, Clarkson-McKenna was built to house the football team, coaching staff, and training staff in addition to providing a press room and executive lounge. Now, the entire stadium will receive a major renovation, just over 50 years after it was first constructed, and Clarkson-McKenna will be expanded to bolster the football team’s facilities.

The renovations will change the entire feel of Alumni Memorial Field. The current facilities are dominated by the stands and highlighted by chain link fencing. The new stadium will create an entrance plaza at the Cameron Hall corner complete with permanent ticket booths, bathrooms, concessions, and donor recognition wall. Pillars representing the familiar VMI architecture will be spanned by wrought iron gates upon which our logo will be displayed. This fencing will continue around the entire perimeter of the stadium creating an enclosed and intimate feeling. The entrance plaza may be the cornerstone of the new stadium, but it only represents a portion of the renovations. New bathrooms will be created, another entrance area at the Kilborne Hall corner, a completely modified concession concourse, new stairs and railings in the stands, improved seating, and handicap accessible facilities are some of the spectator improvements.

The football team will benefit greatly from these renovations. A game-day locker room will be created under the existing stands. At Clarkson-McKenna, the locker room and training facilities will be expanded and a 2,500 square foot weight room added. Perhaps the most significant improvement is the planned all weather practice field, with synthetic turf, enabling our team more time on the field.

Because of Mr. Foster’s generosity, the new stadium will be safer, more accommodating, and much better looking while the football team will have the facilities comparable to other programs the size of VMI’s. These renovations bring new life to an old stadium, improve VMI’s image along Route 11, and create an environment indicative of VMI’s stature.