July 10, 2002
The expansion of Bobby Dodd Stadium will increase total seating capacity to 55,000, from the previous 42,000 seats. The construction and expansion is taking place in two phases to minimize disruption to Tech’s football program. The first phase began in December of 2001 and continues through August of 2002. The second phase will resume at the conclusion of the 2002 football season and will continue through completion prior to the 2003 football season. Tech will play football in Bobby Dodd Stadium in the fall of 2002 during the construction process.
* Bobby Dodd Stadium expansion is on schedule
* 43,719 seats will be available by the home opener on August 31 against Vanderbilt.
* The south end zone bleachers are nearly complete, while installation of the new bleachers in the east stands is under way.
* Installation of chairbacks in new club seating in the east stands will begin at the end of July, and be complete in mid-August.
* Installation of the new natural grass playing surface is scheduled to begin in mid-July.
* Permanent restrooms and concessions will be available this season in the south end zone. Some temporary facilities will be required this season in the east stands and north end zone.
* Construction will continue through July 2003, including the addition of luxury suites and the completion of new spaces for the men’s golf team.
* The joint venture of Carter/Turner is the program manager for the $60 million expansion of the football stadium.
* Construction services are being performed by Turner Construction Company, based in Atlanta.
* The architect is HOK Sports, based in Kansas City, Mo.
* In January of 2001, the Georgia Tech Athletic Association selected Carter/Turner, a joint venture of Carter & Associates and Turner Construction, to oversee and manage the design and construction for a combined $70 million expansion and renovation of Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field and Russ Chandler Stadium.