When the Iowa State Cyclones take the field for the 2015 college football season, they will do so with noticeably more fans in the stands. That’s because Jack Trice Stadium is expanding to a capacity of 61,000, a project expected to be completed in August.
The expansion of the stadium’s south end zone, part of an overall $60 million renovation, will help make Jack Trice Stadium the third-largest stadium in the Big 12.
“The south end zone project is something that’s been discussed for 25 years,” athletic director Chris Jorgensen told the Associated Press. “So to finally see where we’re less than 100 days away from seeing it in action, everybody is really excited about that.”
The project itself is not only to increase the number of fans arriving on game day, but to make the experience more enjoyable.
The centerpiece of the new end zone will be a two-story club space, replacing a set of metal bleachers put in nearly 15 years ago. The facility will feature a glass-encased upper level with views of the field and multiple bars, accessible only to the 3,000 fans that purchase club seats.
In addition to added seating, a new video board will be installed in the south end zone. Once that all is complete, the parking lots on that side of the stadium will be redone as well.