ODU Board of Visitors approves $55 million football stadium plan

An artist's rending of the "Foreman Field Rebirth" for a proposed ODU football stadium. Credit: WAVY/Chris Omahen.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Old Dominion University Board of Visitors voted Thursday to support plans for a redevelopment of Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

Populous and Moseley Architects conducted a feasibility study on a new football stadium or reconstructing Foreman.

ODU President John R. Broderick presented plans for the redevelopment to the board Thursday morning.

Photos: ODU Foreman Field Rebirth plans

Among some of the topics discussed at the meeting were where the stadium should be built, how many seats it should have and how much it will cost.

The initial phase of construction on the stadium is expected to cost $55 million, with no increases in student fees.

WAVY Sports Director Bruce Rader provided updates from the meeting on Twitter @BruceRaderSport.

Bruce is reporting that the stadium will replace Foreman Field, and not to be built on the waterfront.

Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium currently seats just over 20,000 people. The redevelopment plan would add 2,000 seats.

An artist’s rendering for the new stadium was presented to the board at Thursday’s meeting. The recommendation for the proposed redevelopment is 22,130 quality seats, with an opportunity to expand that to 30,000.

READ: ODU Foreman Field Feasibility Study

The school said Thursday that fans have expressed a need for improved seats as well as expansions to amenities such as food.

Broderick stated Thursday, “I’m excited that we will enhance the Foreman Field experience for fans without putting additional financial pressure on our students.”

ODU would have to finance $45 million of the expected costs for the stadium at 3.5 percent for 20 years — meaning annual payments of $3.5 million.

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