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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

U of Akron to build stadium

By SCOTT SUTTELL2:35 pm, August 1, 2007

The University of Akron is about to put a little zip into its football program with a new downtown stadium.

Trustees of the university today approved the financing and construction plans for a $55 million, on-campus football stadium and field.

Construction of what will be called InfoCision Stadium and Summa Field is scheduled for completion for the Zips’ 2009 home opener against the University of Kentucky. The name sponsors of the stadium are telemarketing firm InfoCision Management Corp. of Akron and Summa Health System.

The university will break ground on the stadium project in October. It will be located a few blocks from the state Route 8 expressway exits to the University of Akron campus.

The stadium will be financed by a $30 million fundraising campaign, of which $21 million already has been pledged, and bonds financed via stadium revenues, according to a university news release.

“An on-campus football stadium is one of the cornerstone facilities that will enhance the collegiate experience,” UA president Luis M. Proenza said in a statement. “This new facility will create a game-day atmosphere that will generate a new level of excitement, spirit and pride for the university and Zips athletics.”The stadium will have a capacity of 30,000, with the possibility of end-zone seats added in the future. It will have a club level with seating for 486, as well as 172 open-air loge seats, 5 private suites with seating for 16 each, and a President’s Suite with seating for 75.The condition of the university’s aging Rubber Bowl and the rising costs of maintenance or refurbishing of the facility to modern-day standards made the decision to build a new stadium a necessity, according to Mack Rhoades, UA director of athletics.


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