Construction projects at Jack Trice Stadium are moving along and will further enhance the experience for Iowa State football fans.
Former Cyclone and current Weitz Co. construction engineer Ben Bruns said this week that work to widen the concourse and improve the bathrooms and concession areas on the stadium’s east side is ahead of schedule.
ISU is spending about $10 million on the job, which mirrors what was done to stadium’s the west side (minus the luxury suites) in advance of the 2008 season.
The east side’s entry plaza will be all new and capable of use for social events and other outdoor functions. A memorial tribute to Jack Trice, who was the first African-American student-athlete in school history, also is planned.
Work has begun and will the finishing touches will stretch into the start of the season improving both north-side entry plazas on each side of the Jacobson Athletic Building.
The marquees will be replaced and the entry ways will be deeper and wider to the ramps leading up to the stadium’s seating.
Additionally, workers will replace the rusted chain-link fence surrounding the stadium with a 10-foot high, black vinyl coated fence that is a huge aesthetic improvement.
“A lot of people have been wanting to replace that for a while,” Bruns said. “It’s not designed to stand out, just compliment the looks of everything else.”
After this latest round of work, the next step for ISU is bowling in the exposed south end zone and connecting it to the rest of the stadium with upper and lower decks. Raising the funds is what needs to happen to make the project a reality.
“That would be a big deal for Cyclone nation,” Bruns said.
“I don’t know what the status is there, We’ve done a lot of the initial work to make sure we can do the work whenever the money is raised.”