On the heels of the success of Andre Williams' record-breaking season and a bright future for Boston College football, Boston College athletic director Brad Bates announced Tuesday afternoon the plans for a new, state-of-the-art football stadium that will be located on the same grounds where Alumni Stadium currently stands. The new facility, which will, like Alumni Stadium, be conjoined to Conte Forum, will cost upwards of $500,000,000 and is estimated to be completed in time for he 2020 football season.
In a press conference held earlier today, athletic director Brad Bates expressed his excitement on the plans for the new facility. Bates said in a stamement, "This is an extraordinary opportunity for not only our football team but also for our university. We believe that our fan base and alumni will enjoy this state-of-the-art facility for years to come and that it will be a mecca for not only football in the Northeast but for the entire country."
Head coach Steve Addazio shared in Bates' excitement, adding at the press conference, "This is the perfect way to honor the traditions of Boston College football while giving an exciting glimpse into the bright future of this team and university. This will be a great recruiting tool. What player wouldn't be excited about playing in a brand new stadium at one the premier universities in America?"
The new stadium, which will be named for J. Donald Monan, the longest-tenured president at Boston College, will seat 60,000 fans, nearly a 20,000 seat difference from Alumni Stadium. In addition to being conjoined to Conte Forum, brand new offices for the athletic administration will be added on the roof of Conte Forum. Early models for the stadium show a single-tier, bowl-shaped stadium that will feature a prominent, 80 x 80 videoboard on the east side of the stadium. Being dubbed as a "modern Rose Bowl," the stadium will provide a traditional atmosphere while providing many amenities found in new NFL stadiums.
The 2014 season will be the final season for Alumni Stadium, as it will be raised before 2015 spring ball. Bates has said that a farewell ceremony will be planned after the Syracuse game November 29th. Groundbreaking for Monan Memorial Stadium will take place on September 5, 2015, the same day that Fr. Monan became president forty three years ago. An early estimate for completion of the stadium is the summer of 2020. The Boston College football team will practice on the field behind Shea Field, but games will be split between Gillette Stadium and Rentschler Stadium for the five years that Monan Memorial will be under construction.
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