Design process begins on Bragg Stadium repairs

By: Lanetra Bennett
March 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The FAMU Board of Trustees' Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee had a conference call meeting Tuesday morning.

Members say fundraising is going well, and there is enough money for the first installment to start the design process for renovations at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

"I'm so elated because we really need this," said Cynthia Hartsfield-Carter, a FAMU alum.

It's been more than 30 years since the football stadium at FAMU was renovated.

Tallahassee resident Pattie Tyson said, "It needs to be representing the university that FAMU is."

Trustees say the first phase is to repair the damaged columns in the stadium and repair the stairs going into the stands.

Sametra Barkley, a Tallahassee resident, said, "I think the whole thing needs to be remodeled. FAMU deserves that. The students deserve it, and the community will definitely deserve it because the community, they support the school. I think it would be a definite positive thing."

Trustees say construction must start by April 1st in order for the stadium to be open in time for FAMU's first home game on August 26th.

They admit it's a tight schedule. However, "Anything's possible," said Barkley.

There are several campaigns underway to fund the approximately $600,000 project.

Hartsfield-Carter says the key is for alumni like herself to give back.

"If we do give five and ten dollars...I need to be doing that, too."

She added, "I've seen it when it was a little stadium. Now, I think we deserve a big stadium."

Trustees say a committee will have a more detailed assessment on the project next week.

Below is a breakdown on the project so far. Information from Sameer A. Kapileshwari, the AVP for Facilities, Planning and Construction:

The estimate of repairs from the Engineer is $622,000. This includes about $58,000 in design and engineering charges.

The fundraising will be done in three increments as follows:

January 2017 - $60,000 (already raised and received)
March 2017 - $225,000 (VP Cotton or AD Overton will be able to share exact numbers for amount raised to date when they return)
June 2017 - $340,000 (VP Cotton or AD Overton will be able to share exact numbers for amount raised to date when they return)

Current plans are for all the funds to be received via fundraising.

By: Lanetra Bennett
December 14, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's been more than 30 years since Bragg Memorial Stadium at FAMU was renovated.

Darrell Travis remembers going to Bragg Memorial Football Stadium at FAMU back in the 1960s. "The stadium means a whole lot. It brings a lot of joy to the family when games come. You can bring your kids and say this is your heritage from way back," he said.

FAMU athletics and finance administrators told a committee of the Board of Trustees Tuesday, the stadium needs $622,000 in structural repairs and internal stair replacement.

"The restrooms, the gates, the stands themselves could be a little more comfortable. It's old. It just looks old," said Rhalia Lucas, a FAMU graduate.

The athletics department has a deficit of $651,724.

Management recommends the department implement an aggressive fundraising strategy and develop a contingency plan to address the 2017 football home games.

Area resident Keenan Jenkins said, "When you're trying to recruit players to try to strengthen your team and your program, you want to have a nice facility for these young student athletes to visit and feel at home, feel comfortable and make them want to work and grow within these facilities. You can get them here and rebuild your program."

Fundraising strategies include increasing athletic alumni engagement by 50-percent, and ramp up corporate and business giving to $2 million.

The tentative contingency plan for home games at the stadium is to relocate patrons to safe zones, and install portable seating to accommodate for closed sections under construction.

The fundraising goals for phase one repairs are $225,000 by March 2017, and $400,000 in June.

To view the complete presentation from the Board of Trustees meeting, click here.

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