JMU Bridgeforth Stadium Expansion

  • Size: 268,888 SF

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Higher Education, Sports and Recreation

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Independence Construction
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James Madison University
Moseley Architects

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This project encompassed removing the existing West Grandstand and replacing it with a new, two-tiered West Grandstand with approximately 14,000 seats. A new, single-tiered North End Zone Grandstand with approximately 5,400 seats was connected to the new West Grandstand.

The complex’s lower concourse level features concessions and a team shop, while the club level consists of an 8,000 SF club lounge. The suite level houses 15 luxury suites and a president suite.

The upper concourse level features concessions, and the upper tier of the West Grandstand houses an approximately 6,500 SF press box to replace the outdated facility located in the existing East Grandstand. The lower service level of the stadium includes a commercial kitchen and commissary facility, as well as a loading dock.

Originally planned as a three-phase project to be stretched over three off-seasons, the Independence Construction team completed the project in only two phases and actually beat the very challenging completion date – all without causing disruption to the football schedule over the two years of phased construction.

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