University of Delaware Begins Construction on Football Stadium Renovation
HOK is the architect for the Delaware Stadium upgrade, which includes a facelift for the stadium and the new Whitney Athletic Center designed to enhance the student-athlete experience.
Renovation of Delaware Stadium and creation of the Whitney Athletic Center will begin at the conclusion of the 2018 football season. The projects are the focus of the $60 million Build Our Home fundraising initiative for athletics, which is one of the priorities of Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware.
The Whitney Athletic Center, which will be completed by the summer of 2020, will provide academic support and athletic training and well-being facilities for student-athletes.
“The Whitney Athletics Center will play an essential role in helping ensure the success of our student-athletes, both in competition and in the classroom,” said UD President Dennis Assanis.
The plan to rebuild and reinvest in athletic facilities is intended to enhance the experience of the entire Blue Hens community and includes several phases. During this first phase, fans, students and student-athletes will see the following changes:
- Renovating the west side of Delaware Stadium
- Construction of a new athletic center for all UD student-athletes that will extend along the stadium’s western facade
- Health & Well-Being Center
A key addition to the athletics campus will be the new 10,000-square-foot strength and conditioning space to meet the needs of every Blue Hen student-athlete. Inside, more than 100 can lift weights simultaneously, eliminating the present need for separate shifts to allow everyone use of the facilities. The new space will also house a much larger training room, which will get rid of long lines that stretch into the hallway during midday practices.
HOK has been contracted as the architect, while EDiS/Barton Malow will be the construction firm completing this phase.