Loy Norrix’s football field experienced a complete overhaul during the Summer of 2015. With renovations starting May 4th, and just finishing August 26th, the remodel included a new main entrance, box office, concession stand, bleachers, pavilion area and bathrooms.
Students will quickly recognize the cuts in seating from a capacity of six thousand to three thousand. The bathrooms will include 25 stalls for women, and 12 for men.
According to Athletic Director Andrew Laboe, the remodel of the stadium was paid for from a bond that was approved by Kalamazoo taxpayers in 2011. Voters in 2011 had the choice on where tax dollars would go, and they decided to renovate the football stadium along with other projects at Norrix.
“I think [the upgrades to the stadium] they’re fantastic,” said senior Ahmed Younis.
When asked about the new stadium, senior Joe Fette was very relieved to find out the old bathrooms had been replaced, calling the old restrooms an “atrocity.”
“[The bleachers also] seem to be better structured,” said senior offensive lineman Joe Fette.
The public will also have the ability to purchase commemorative bricks with their names on it which will be placed in the ground near the main pavilion.
The men’s varsity team will play a total of four games at home this year in the new complex, including a homecoming match against the Portage Central Mustangs on October 16th.