JMU Details Partial Demolition of Bridgeforth

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

Win or lose, Saturday's home football game will be the last for James Madison's Bridgeforth Stadium as it's currently constructed.

Following the Dukes' regular season finale against Towson, work will officially begin on the stadium's $54-million expansion project.

The school provided a brief pre-demolition tour of the stadium's west bleachers Thursday. The replacement of those seats constitutes the first phase of the two-year project.

Following the conclusion of Saturday's game, work will begin on preparing the stadium for teardown. The next morning, "soft" demolition will begin with the actual demolition of the section scheduled to begin in late November and expected to be completed by late December.

According to the project manager from Donley's Contracting, work will be ongoing until the new west bleachers are complete next August.

The second phase of the project is scheduled to begin in November 2010, following the conclusion of next year's football season. That will include a second level of seats above the west bleachers, as well as permanent seating at the stadium's north end.

When it's completed in 2011, the stadium will seat roughly 25,000, including more than 1,000 club-level seats and 15 hospitality suites.

According to the school's athletics Website, the current Bridgeforth Stadium seats 15,778.


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