Spratt renovations on schedule

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The Spratt Stadium renovation project broke ground May 6 of 2015 and the construction is on schedule to be completed in April of this year.

With renovations going as planned, the athletic department hosted a “hard hat tour” of the building on December 17.

Director of Athletics, Kurt McGuffin, led groups through the building and showed where some of the new amenities were being constructed.

As part of the Centennial Capital Campaign, the university budgeted to include an additional 200 Gold Coat Club seats, up to 14 corporate suites, additional chair back seating for fans, an updated scoreboard and video boards and a rooftop press box.

The stadium will also feature a Hall of Fame reception room, which can be rented out for weddings and events.

McGuffin said the new renovations will bring some much-needed revenue to the university.

“There’s no other way you could probably raise this much money without doing something as impactful as building the stadium,” McGuffin said.

He said the money raised by the new stadium will not only pay off some of what the construction cost, but will help Western athletics.

“Some of it will go towards some of the bond, the other will go towards the athletic department into the budget,” McGuffin said. “When we expanded the conference, we’ve never seen budget increases, and you know as you look to what your competitors are doing, when you see some of your sports budgets down in the bottom of the league, you’ve got to find a way to increase that.”

McGuffin said his favorite parts of the new stadium, the closer field and large video scoreboard, are the amenities that everyone can enjoy.

“Not everybody can get into the suite, not everybody can get in the club, not everybody can do, you know, some of those things. Moving the field and the video board, I think is really, really impactful,” McGuffin said.

Workers began construction on the most recent addition, a $2.6 million, seven story high video scoreboard on December 22. According to the athletic department, the board will be the largest in Division II football.