Board of Regents grants Jack Trice Stadium renovation request

This is a digitally generated image of Jack Trice Stadium after completing the approved renovations.

Max Dible

As Iowa State’s enrollment continues to rise, Jack Trice Stadium will now officially be growing with it.

On June 4, the Iowa Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve the proposed renovations to the stadium’s south end.

The plan is to close off the southern end zone of the stadium with lower and upper-level seating bowls. A two-story club section as well as a linking concourse, which will connect the east and west sides of the stadium, are also part of the now approved renovations.

The second phase of the two-phase renovation process will involve upgrading parking areas and landscaping concerns around Jack Trice Stadium.

Also being added in the upgrade is a twin video board and sound system to compliment the audio and visual system already installed in the stadium’s north end.

The improvements to Jack Trice Stadium will add 5,000 seats, bringing the new maximum capacity to roughly 61,000. The new capacity will provide a numerical home-field advantage for Iowa State, usurped in the Big 12 only by the venues at Texas and Oklahoma.

The total cost amounts to $60 million, which will be drawn from a $25 million donation by Roy and Bobbi Reiman, as well as revenue generated by the ISU football program in the form of ticket sales, television deals and sponsorships, among other sources.

The renovations are expected to be completed before Sept. 5, 2015, when Iowa State opens its home schedule against Northern Iowa.