NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The big local sports story of the week was at Old Dominion. The University's board of visitors met with consultants on a campus wide master plan, and the recommendation is to build a brand new football stadium on the site of the Powhatan Apartment dorms. The plan calls for a 28-30,000 seat stadium. Why build a new stadium instead of renovating Foreman Field?
"The renovation of Foreman Field occupied a lot of our initial time," Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig told the Sportswrap. "The fact that the footprint was so confined with Hampton Blvd, Bluestone and other buildings that were in place that we could never figure out how to get that footprint beyond 25,000 seats."
The Powhatan Apartments location would offer something very few colleges have, and that's a stadium with a view of the water.
"You think about facilities on the water in college athletics....the University of Washington Huskies in Seattle how people boat to their games," Selig said. "Knoxville, Tennessee, the University of Tennessee with the river going by their stadium. We're going to have a similar setup here, we can have access from water, from land, I think it's going to be a very unique selling point for our football program that we have a stadium on the river with river views and river access"
Head coach Bobby Wilder, never at a loss for words, says the possibility of a new stadium speaks volumes about his young program and the staff at ODU.
"Just to think that the administration would even consider something like that makes me very proud to be the head football coach here and it makes all those players very proud to let them know they had something to do with a working draft for a potentially beautiful new stadium on our campus here at Old Dominion."
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