The renovations that were to occur to Graham Stadium after this year’s football season according to the press release from September 27 have been moved to next year and will be completed before the 2016 season.
The main cause of the delay is lack of funding, according to Sports Information.
The lowest construction bid that the university received for the project was around$7.5 million dollars, $2.5 million over what the university was prepared to pay.
The project included a new four-story structure that would hold the visitor and officials’ locker rooms,
The finshed stadium will also include concession stands, media accommodations, hospitality rooms and a complete replacement of the stadium’s west side bleachers and press box.
The the stadium project was originally scheduled to be completed in time for the beginning of the 2015 Skyhawk football season, but were not done due to funding issues.
The university is still trying to go through with the original concept for the staduim, however the university is now looking into cost-saving measures.
One specific measure includes modifying and making upgrades to the current west side bleachers. This design also prevents seating reduction that the new facility would have had.
However, fundraising opportunities for the new stadium will continue and Skyhawk fans can be assured that a new or upgraded facility will be built in the near future.