BYRNE RECEIVES COMMITTEE APPROVAL FOR INITIAL ATHLETIC FACILITIES UPGRADES

Plans to upgrade Alabama’s athletics facilities were unanimously approved by the physical properties committee of the Board of Trustees at a board meeting Thursday afternoon.

Athletics Director Greg Byrne proposed his 10-year, $600 million Crimson Standard initiative to the committee, detailing a $92,470,000 renovation to Bryant-Denny Stadium as well as a $3 million upgrade to John Ann Rhoads Softball Stadium and a $16 million renovation for the Mal Moore Athletic Facility.

The renovations to Bryant-Denny Stadium that Byrne presented Thursday differed from the original plans he unveiled last fall. The south end zone upper deck will no longer be turned into a student terrace. Instead, those seats will be kept. There will be four new, larger video scoreboards placed in the four corners of the stadium exactly where the current scoreboards are currently located.

The capacity of Bryant-Denny will not dip as much as expected, largely due to Byrne abandoning the student terrace idea. It will only drop slightly from 101,821 to a little over 100,000.

Byrne’s $92 million proposal for Bryant-Denny Stadium is a $17 million increase from the original $75 million plan.

The Crimson Standard initiative was approved by the committee Thursday, but will need to be approved by the full board tomorrow before it can officially get underway.

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