The California Memorial Stadium has kicked off an impressive $321 million renovation project that will revamp the historic venue.
Construction crews have already begun to restore the architecture and character of the venue that was first opened in 1923 and is home to university football side California Golden Bears. Preliminary work has seen the installation of temporary bracing around the outer wall, removal of the hazardous material and interior demolition and soil excavation.
The upgrades designed by Kansas-based HNTB Architecture and California-based STUDIOS Architecture will actually reduce the California Memorial Stadium's capacity from 71,799 to just over 63,000. However, the redevelopment will bring modernised fan facilities, with larger concourses and additional toilets and concession plus new wheelchair seating allowing improved accessibility and access around the stadium.
The stadium will be game-ready to host California football in September 2012, with the work slated to be completed by 2013.
Posted on 27/08/2012