CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Coastal Carolina University hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the Brooks Stadium expansion Tuesday.
The event was held between sections 108 and 111 at the stadium at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
“We’re very grateful for this impressive expansion to Brooks Stadium. An improvement that will make a significant impact on providing our student athletes a championship experience. And it’s also a gathering place for our community. It’s going to be so exciting to see this place in its’ full complement in a couple of years with twenty thousand folks watching us defeat a Power Five opponent,” said Athletic Director Matt Hogue.
The groundbreaking is a long time coming for the CCU athletics department. Athletic Director Matt Hogue and other CCU athletic officials met with architects in November to set final plans for the layout of the stadium.
Hogue noted following that meeting that one of the challenges the university and architects face is the location of the football field, which is at the corner of Highway 544 and University Boulevard.
The first phase of expanding the stadium is to upgrade from about 9,200 seats to 15,000, which is required of paid-attendance for NCAA rules when transferring to the FBS, and should be completed in 2017.
The second phase will add about 5,000 more seats in 2018.