Paulson stadium set for completion by graduation

Ryan Woodham

Hayden Boudreaux

Despite two winter storms and countless hard rains the expansion of Paulson Stadium is still on track, with a projected completion date before graduation.

However, the Football Operations Center construction has been delayed.

The expansion to Paulson Stadium will add over 6,000 seats, with 4,500 in the new upper deck. Part of the upper deck has already been completed and the supports are up for the rest of the structure.

Bradsfield & Gorrie is the construction company working on the stadium expansion. They will add the Paulson Stadium Expansion Project to their already impressive resume including an expansion on Bryant-Denny Stadium at the University of Alabama and an expansion to Tiger Stadium at Louisiana State University.

Senior Associate Athletic Director of Interior Operations Jeff Blythe has overseen the construction and remains optimistic of the progress.

“We are making good progress, the plan is still to have the stadium ready by graduation,” Blythe said.

The new Football Operations Center is being built by Evans Construction Company. Due to the inclement weather and unforeseen breaks from construction the Football Ops Center’s completion has been delayed. University President Brooks A. Keel expressed his excitement for the project.

“I’m told it will be operational by summer, and by the home game kickoff it will be completely operational. It’s going to be quite an impressive facility,” Keel said.

Evans Construction estimates the building to be completed by summer.  Regardless, it appears both the stadium and the Football Ops Center will be prepared for Sept. 6 when the Eagles kick off their first game at home against Savannah State University.