WAVY tours ODU’s new football stadium

WAVY tours ODU’s new football stadium


UNIVERSITY’S NEW ATHLETIC FIELD – S.B. BALLARD STADIUM IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE BY THE SCHOOL’S SEASON OPENER AGAINST NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY LATER THIS MONTH. (LAURA) THE FIELD HAS BEEN UNDER RENOVATION SINCE LAST YEAR. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S KAYLA GASKINS GOT A TOUR OF THE NEW FACILITY. KAYLA. (KAYLA) THE FACILITY LOOK READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL! THE STADIUM IS NEARLY COMPLETE AND READY TO HOST MORE THAN 22 THOUSANDS FANS. WERE ON KORNBLAU FILED RIGHT NOW — AND TAKE A LOOK. YOU CAN ALMOST FEEL THE ANTICIPATION. (KAYLA GASKINS) THE TRUMPETS ARE TUNING UP … THE TEAM IS GEARING UP… AND FANS ARE AMPING UP THE ANTICIPATION FOR THE FIRST FOOTBALL GAME IN THE NEW S-B- BALLARD STADIUM. TODAY– WE WERE WELCOMED IN FOR A FIRST LOOK. WE WANT TO FOCUS ON THE FAN AMENITIES AS WE GO THROUGH SO WE’RE GOING TO AGAINST NORFOLK STATE JUST 2 AND A HALF WEEKS AWAY– CREWS ARE HAMMERING OUT THE FINAL DETAILS. THE FACILITY HAS NUMEROUS NOTABLE UPGRADES— THE LIGHTING SYSTEM IS ALL BRAND NEW AND IT’S GOING TO SEEM LIKE WE’RE WIDE BREEZEWAYS– AND IT’S ONE OF THE ONLY COLLEGE STADIUMS WITH EITHER A CHAIR BACK OR A BENCH BACK ON EVERY SEAT. PLUS — WITHOUT THE TRACK THE SIDELINES ARE NOW 7-10 YARDS CLOSER TO THE FIELD. WHEN YOU’RE BEHIND THE TEAM BENCH AREAS, YOU’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HEAR WHAT THE COACHES ARE CALLING ON THE SIDELINES FROM THE STANDS. SELIG SAYS THE NEW STADIUM ALSO PRESENTS A CHANCE FOR STUDENTS TO CREATE TRADITIONS. WE WANT THEM TO LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR GENERATIONS OF STUDENTS TO COME. AND A CHANCE FOR ALL TO LEAVE A LEGACY. YOU CAN GO TO NCAA TOURNAMENTS, YOU CAN WIN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, THOSE ARE KIND OF ANNUAL EVENTS. :36 THIS IS A LEGACY. THIS IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT EVERYDAY WHEN I DRIVE WALK BY HERE FOR HOPEFULLY DECADES TO COME, IT’LL BE A SOURCE OF PERSONAL PRIDE. OR ME AND THAT I HAD A SMALL PART IN SB BALLARD STADIUM. (KAYLA) AN IMPORTANT NOTE — THIS STADIUM WAS BUILT SO THEY CAN EXPAND IN THE FUTURE — OFFICIALS HOPE IT WILL SERVICE HAMPTON ROADS FOR DECADES TO COME.

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