New Projects: Davis Wade Stadium, San Jose Earthquakes' Stadium

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A renovation of the Bismarck (N.D) Community Bowl (pictured) has begun. Located on the Bismarck State College campus, the bowl is also used by local public and private schools, the University of Mary's football, soccer and track teams, and other local groups.

(Rendering Courtesy JLG Architects)(Rendering Courtesy JLG Architects)

A renovation of the Bismarck (N.D) Community Bowl (pictured) has begun. Located on the Bismarck State College campus, the bowl is also used by local public and private schools, the University of Mary's football, soccer and track teams, and other local groups. Designed by JLG Architects of Bismarck, the renovation will replace the deteriorating track; add a new grand entrance, storage buildings, seating and suites; and improve locker and training rooms. The stadium will reopen in November 2013 as the MDU Resources Community Bowl after the energy company's $2 million donation toward the $8 million renovation.

Mississippi State University is expanding Davis Wade Stadium. In addition to more seating, the $75 million expansion will provide additional elevators, restrooms and concession stands, and a new west-side concourse. A new high-definition video board will be added to the north end, and a television compound located west of the stadium will allow network broadcast trucks to connect to the stadium. When construction is complete in August 2014, the stadium will offer seating for more than 61,000, making it the largest stadium in the state. LPK Architects of Meridian, Miss., worked with 360 Architecture of Kansas City on the design.

Across the country, another project designed by 360 Architecture is getting under way this month. The San Jose Earthquakes are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for attendance at a groundbreaking ceremony as construction on the team's new stadium begins. The 18,000-seat stadium is expected to be complete in time for the 2014 season.

Crews have begun construction of a new pool to replace the existing 40-year-old Lincoln Park Pool in Grand Island, Neb. The facility, designed by JEO Consulting Group of Lincoln, will have a zero-depth entry, a waterslide, two diving boards, a five-lane lap area and a new bathhouse. Weather permitting, the $1.7 million pool should be complete by Memorial Day.

The Greensboro, N.C., parks and recreation department has broken ground on Hilltop Park and Recreation Center. The 15,000-square-foot recreation center, situated amid 48 acres of parkland, will include a gymnasium, fitness center and multipurpose rooms, and is expected to be complete within a year. Corley Redfoot Architects of Chapel Hill, N.C., designed the facility. Future phases of the project will include the addition of a skate park, a sprayground, concessions areas, athletic fields, playgrounds, trails and an indoor climbing wall.

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PrairieView A&M University has selected Moody•Nolan's Dallas office as architect of record for its student recreation center. The $31 million project is expected to break ground early next spring and include wellness programming facilities, a three-court basketball gym, fitness and group exercise areas, locker rooms, a climbing wall and offices for the recreation sports department... The Dickinson (N.D.) Hockey Club is looking to capitalize on a proposed expansion to Dickinson Recreation Center. The $5 million project would add a second ice arena, locker rooms and more seating to the facility, as well as batting cages and pitcher's mounds for the Dickinson baseball and softball programs. The expansion is part of a proposed $15 million outlay that would also construct an outdoor water park and an addition to the West River Community Center... Louisiana State University is planning an expansion of its student recreation center. Grace & Hebert Architects of Baton Rouge and 360 Architecture of Kansas City will design the 160,000-square-foot addition and renovation of the existing facility. The $59 million project is expected to break ground in the summer of 2013... The Town of Palisade and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are considering locations for a proposed shooting range complex. The facility would provide opportunities for archery, trap shooting, small- and big-bore rifle activities, as well as classes in fly casting and fly tying. Once a site is selected and a plan approved, the facility is expected to take up to two years to complete... Averett University is planning a $6.3 million sports complex for its north campus. The complex will include a turf field, an eight-lane track, a press box and seating for 2,000, providing a home for the school's existing football and soccer teams, as well as new men's and women's track programs and a revived women's lacrosse program.

Grand Openings

(Photo by Terence Guider-Shaw)(Photo by Terence Guider-Shaw)

The Ralston (Neb.) Sports and Event Center opens this month. The 95,000-square-foot facility includes a 3,500-seat main arena, as well as a second ice rink. The arena will host music events and sports tournaments year-round, as well as provide a home for the Omaha Lancers hockey team, the University of Nebraska-Omaha men's basketball team, the Omaha Beef indoor football team, and a new Lingerie Football League expansion team, the Omaha Heart. A fully equipped kitchen will allow the arena to handle the banquet and concessions needs of its events onsite. The $32 million arena was designed by ICON Architectural Group of Grand Forks, N.D.... The Portland (Ore.) Parks and Recreation Department is wrapping up work on a new park at the East Portland Community Center. The project marks the biggest of six park renovations undertaken by the department this summer and includes two large pieces of play equipment and a climbing wall... Benedictine University's Borsellino Family Football Center (pictured) is now open. The 4,100-square-foot facility includes a state-of-the-art locker room featuring hardwood lockers equipped with leather seating and individual power supplies, as well as a multimedia room and a "Champions Room" to celebrate past athlete accomplishments and provide current student-athletes a place to study. The $1.7 million facility was designed by DLR Group of Chicago... The Central Florida Sports Complex opens this month in Maitland. The 12,000-square-foot facility will serve as the training and tournament locations for youths in the Winter Park Volleyball Club, as well as offer outdoor sand volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, and a fitness center.

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