Ongoing renovations to Mississippi State‘s Dudy Noble Field at Polk-Dement Stadium are slated to be completed on schedule, according a project official.
Mississippi State University is in the midst of a multi-phase renovation project that will lead to several changes at Dudy Noble Field. One of those phases is unfolding in the time leading up to the 2018 season, and will address multiple areas of the facility.
Along with an improved playing surface, Dudy Noble Field will receive upgraded lower bowl seating and several other amenities. The playing surface is expected to be ready by early January, with the remainder of the current phase finished by March. As it stands, the project is on schedule, according to an update this week from Innovative Construction Management senior project manager Ches Fedric. More from the Starksville Daily News:
“We were hired by MSU a little over two years ago for this project,” Fedric said. “Right now we are on schedule.”
The entire project will not be finished until 2019, but in 2018 the “lower bowl” of the stadium will be ready, with 3,300 chair-back seats, some berm seating and a completed ticket office and plaza.
Fedric said seating will be comfortably spaced and there will be plenty of standing room. After the full project is finished in 2019, there will be 13,000 seats but total capacity will surpass the capacity before the renovations.
“When you think about the old ball park, when they said there was 15,000 people, probably 4,000 couldn’t even see the game,” Fedric said. “Now, there will be views from 360 degrees around the field.”
Construction on the current phase of renovations began in June. Mississippi State did make one major change to Dudy Noble Field prior the 2017 season, when it installed a new videoboard.
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