AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football plans to build a new $28 million game day facility on the southwest corner of Jordan-Hare Stadium that will be completed before the 2018 season.
According to documents released ahead of Auburn University’s upcoming Board of Trustees meeting, the Auburn athletics department is set to go through with its plan to build a new “game day support facility” and renovate the football program’s existing locker room inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Jim Little of the Opelika-Auburn News was the first to report news of the proposed plan, which will go to the Board of Trustees for final approval on Feb. 3.
According to the plan, the new facility will be a 44,000-square foot, multi-floor building with recruiting space for football and Olympic sports, a new club level for fans and a new press box. The project also includes a renovation of Auburn’s existing locker room.
“Over the last several years, the Athletics Department has been developing plans for improving Jordan-Hare Stadium to enhance the game day experience for fans, students and players,” the executive summary for the project reads. “As a result of this detailed planning effort, two of the highest-priority projects for the Stadium are the development of a larger and greatly improved recruiting facility and enhancements to the home team locker room, for game day support.”
The estimated cost of the project is $28 million, and it will be financed by the Athletics Department. If approved, construction will begin May 2017 and conclude July 2018.
Auburn has discussed renovations of Jordan-Hare Stadium over the last several years, but no plans have gone forward until now. Last year, Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said any renovations wouldn’t begin until the 2018 season, as Auburn hosts both rivals Georgia and Alabama in 2017.
Previous plans included renovations of the north end zone, but the one going before the Board of Trustees early next month will be on the opposite side of the facility.