According to a news release, the University of South Alabama has selected a trio of highly regarded consulting firms to assist with the exploration of the financial, logistical and infrastructural requirements associated with the possible construction of an on-campus football stadium. The statement emphasized no decision has been made about whether or not the University will proceed with plans for construction of a football stadium.
The consultants will explore a wide range of issues and communicate with a broad array of University officials and constituents during this phase of the process.
“The selection of these firms, all of which are respected and recognized in their fields of expertise, is the next step in our deliberative process of exploring the possibility of an on-campus football facility,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Joel Erdmann. “Each firm is highly qualified to undertake the necessary research and provide the information the University needs to reach the appropriate decision.”
The consulting firms are CDFL Architects and Engineers, based in Jackson, Miss.; Populous, an architect and design firm headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.; and Hunden Strategic Partners, a real estate development organization from Chicago. Each company has extensive experience in the many facets of the development of stadium projects.
“CDFL and Populous will lead us through the concept, design, engineering, pricing and possible locations of a potential stadium, and assist with our understanding of key issues such as vehicle and pedestrian ingress and egress, parking, concessions and stadium technology,” Erdmann said. “Hunden will advise us on the current and projected local marketplace in relation to a stadium, potential revenue-generating opportunities that a stadium might provide, the interaction of a stadium within the campus and surrounding community, and how these issues impact design decisions.”
The University will continue to provide updates as the process moves forward, but there is no set schedule or deadline for completion.
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