Stadium Construction Noise Concerns JMU Students

By: Michael Hyland/Sarah Eaton Email
By: Michael Hyland/Sarah Eaton Email

Construction noise from the demolition of James Madison University's Bridgeforth Stadium is raising concerns among some students.

Several freshman dorms are located directly across from the football stadium. Some residents of the dorms are worried that the increase in noise will distract them, when they are studying for final exams.

"I'm just worried about studying, as far as, I need it to be quiet when I study," says JMU freshman and resident of Shorts Residence Hall, Emily Zigman.

The actual demolition of the stadium is not scheduled to start until after the final home football game against Towson University this weekend.

However, construction crews have already started digging up sewer lines outside of the stadium.

Some students who live in the nearby dorms are having to close their windows or go to off-campus areas to escape the noise.

Don Egle, spokesperson for JMU, says the university is doing all it can to make the demolition and noise more bearable for students. He says the majority of the construction will be done during winter break or during the day, while students are in class.

"We're not expecting to see any work into the late hours of the evening or into the night while students are here," says Egle.

JMU officials recommend students use a quiet area of campus to study and are providing students with earplugs to help block out the noise.

However, for some students, like Kara Myren, the inconvenience will be worth it when the extra seating in the stadium is available.

"I love the way the campus is changing, I think the bigger stadium will look really cool. I'll really like when everyone can be in there together," says Myren.

The first phase of the stadium's demolition is expected to be finished before football season begins next fall.


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