NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Old Dominion University officials have been given the recommendation to build a new 30,000 seat football stadium, according to a report by the Virginian-Pilot.
The Pilot's article says the ODU Board of Visitors looked at the proposal Monday night and hopes to have the stadium ready by 2017.
The stadium would reportedly replace Foreman Field and be located at the current site of the Powhatan Apartments dorm, which would have to be torn down.
WAVY.com spoke to ODU students and nearby residents, who are excited for the possible change, but anxious about challenges they already foresee.
"Construction-wise that's not cool," said Haley Burleson, a Junior on campus. "Then the other issue is the players and other people who live there. If they knock that down, are they going to build more housing for ODU? Otherwise, it's cool. More people, bigger atmosphere, bigger program -- the football team's getting up there."
"The neighborhoods embraced it, to be honest with you," said Andrew Miller who lives in a nearby neighborhood. "A lot of my neighbors have gotten season tickets and enjoy going to the games. Parking, I think, presents probably the biggest challenge to the area, but for a couple of weekends out of the year, I think we can live with that."
When WAVY.com contacted the ODU about the proposal, officials wouldn't go into details on the stadium specifically. They did say the next step of their "master plan," which includes a proposal for a stadium, is to put together public meetings for input. No dates have been set for those public hearings, yet.
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