As part of the next phase of the university's Institutional Master Plan (IMP), Boston College announced today that they will embark on a multi-million dollar renovation plan to football's Alumni Stadium, effective immediately. The school plans on adding a third deck to the Conte Forum side of the stadium, as well as closing the corners of all four end zones.
The plan calls for the addition of 21,734 new seats, which would up the capacity of Alumni Stadium to 66,234 (one more seat than Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium). This move is seen as a way of competing with the Hokies on the recruiting trail, and getting back at the program for handing BC two straight ACC Championship Game losses in 2007 and 2008.
The renovations will begin immediately and the construction is anticipated to last two years. The immediate effect is that these renovations will displace the Boston College football program for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. As part of the renovation announcement, BC also released the locations of the Eagles' six home games in 2011:
Sept. 3 - Northwestern, the playing fields around Cleveland Circle
Sept. 17 - Duke, what's left of the Dustbowl
Sept. 24 - Massachusetts, Boston Common
Oct. 1 - Wake Forest, St. John's Seminary Lawn
Nov. 3 - Florida State, BU's Nickerson Field
Nov. 12 - N.C. State, Suffolk Downs
The marquee game on the schedule remains BC's Thursday night home date with Florida State. A University spokesperson added, "We are really excited to host the Florida State Seminoles under the lights of Nickerson Field this season. The 10,412 seat stadium in the heart of Boston will provide a significant home field advantage for BC. Nickerson Field is a tremendously historic venue, home to such great teams as Boston University football (undefeated since 1997), the USFL's Boston Breakers and the NASL's New England Tea Men."
BC's regular season home finale against N.C. State -- the TOB vs. Spaz Super Bowl -- will take place in the infield of Suffolk Downs.