FAMU says Bragg Memorial Stadium renovations are ahead of schedule
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida A&M University says loyal Rattler football fans won’t have to wait long to see the new renovations at Bragg Memorial Stadium.
The team opens fall camp on Aug. 5, and phase one of the renovations is moving smoothly, a press release says.
After FAMU was allocated $10 million from the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board for the project, Ram Construction and Development was awarded the contract, the release says. Phase two will begin after the 2021 football season is done in late November. The second phase will focus on the west side of the stadium, FAMU says.
Ram Construction and Development President Heath Anniin says Rattler fans can expect a brand-new experience with the stadium once it’s complete.
“They will be on a solid base that’s comfortable and drains well. There won’t be any issues of deterioration for probably a couple of generations,” Anniin says.
Anniin graduated from FAMU in 1997. The renovations include replacing all steel pans and seats, water blasting, repair and repainting of the steel frame infrastructure or replacement of the steel beams. There will also be a seating replacement as well as upgrades to the bathrooms for better handicap accessibility.
“The east side will have new aluminum versus steel seating and will be much louder than the old steel,” said project manager Michael Rowe. “Bragg Memorial Stadium is a big part of Tallahassee, and we are excited to be working on it and looking forward to that first game.”
Bragg Memorial was built in 1957 and was first renovated in 1983. The latest updates to the stadium were done in 2018, when AstroTurf and a new scoreboard were installed.
FAMU opens the season at home on Sept. 11 against Fort Valley State. The university says it is planning to allow 100% capacity for the season.
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