LOGAN – Since construction began at Utah State University’s newly renamed Maverik Stadium on May 18, there have been no major spectator events. When the gates open for the Freedom Fire celebration on July 3, it will be the first time an audience has entered since before the demolition of the stadium’s west grandstand began.
Logan Parks and Recreation Director Russ Akina said he doesn’t anticipate the construction causing any problems for Freedom Fire, which includes a concert, military tribute and firework show. The only difference this year, he said, will be where most spectators sit.
“Usually what happens is the east side of the stadium is the last section to somewhat sell out, that’s usually where we have the most available seating,” he said. “The area that’s under construction on the west side will be accommodated on the east side.”
The first football game to be played in the stadium will take place September 3, but the renovations are not scheduled to be completed until the 2016 season. Fan accommodations will need to be made.
“There has been a lot of discussion and a lot of preparation has been taken to make sure that this football season, the parts under construction, will not influence or hinder fan experience,” said Jared Francom, project director for Okland Construction and the Maverik Stadium project.
Francom said about two-thirds of the west side grandstand has been taken down and that is how it will remain for the 2015 season, but fans will be able to see the structure rise from week to week this fall.
“At the start of (the 2015 season) you won’t see any steel standing,” Francom said. “But by the time the season is over you’re going to have the whole steel structure of the new building built behind it.”
Temporary restrooms, concessions stands and a press box will also be set up for the 2015 season until the permanent structure is in place.