The University of New Hampshire announced on January 30th that they are finalizing the planning stages of building a new $25 Million Stadium and Athletic Complex on the current site of Cowell Stadium in Durham. The new facility will include a new training facility for players along with new classrooms and locker rooms. The School is hopeful that the new facility will be open in the fall of 2015.
UNH President Mark Huddleston said in a statement that “A new athletic complex will help us build spirit and pride in the state’s flagship public university, and directly benefit the local community”.
The university announced that it hopes to raise $5 Million through private and public donations before moving on to pay for the rest of the complex, which they hope will be through investments and savings. Not part of this agreement though are ongoing plans this spring to install permanent lighting, and renovate some of the current seating at the stadium. This part of the project is scheduled to be done in time for the opening of the 2014 season in late August.
Once that is completed, the university will begin working on the new complex, which will be located on the opposite side of the field. The new facility will include Stadium Seating, a concession stand, restrooms, and a state-of-the-art press box. The new football stadium will be tentatively named “West Stadium”. When completed, along with renovations to the current side of the stadium, the new facility will hold close to 12,000 spectators.
UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano also stated that the new stadium would allow the University to “host more state, regional, and national competitions, and events like Special Olympics, concerts, and High School Championship games”.