We know it’s basketball season, but we couldn’t resist reminding everyone. If you attended a W&M football game in person or watched a game on TV this year, we’re sure you noticed something odd: a massive, growing by the week, iron-bound structure peaking above the Green and Gold bench. Well, don’t worry, you’re not crazy. All that work just so happens to be a part of a two-year Zable expansion project. And we’re psyched for its completion.
And if you’re one of those nerdy TWAMPs (Typically William And Mary Person, for those unaware), who lived in the Bryan Complex all year complaining about the construction noise that impeded your bio-chem studying, don’t worry–it’ll all be over soon. With the START of the 2016 SEASON (read: SOON), W&M fans will be treated to an entirely different Zable Stadium–marking the most significant upgrade Zable has ever seen since breaking ground back in 1934.
So if you haven’t seen it by now, The College of William & Mary’s YouTube channel posted a great “hype video” detailing the Zable Stadium renovation project. The clip includes incredible commentary from head coach Jimmye Laycock, wide receiver Tre McBride, athletic director Terry Driscoll, president Taylor Reveley, and others on the renovation project and what it means to the College. Check it out below.
As a part of the $22 million dollar renovation, and in addition to the massive upper deck/luxury suites addition, the renovated stadium will include:
- Improved safety and accessibility
- Wider aisles
- Renovation of existing and addition of new restroom facilities (thank God)
- Improved egress lighting
- Additional hand rails
- An upgraded sound system
- Additional concession and retail locations
and last but not least,
- A new entrance and ticketing location
Check out the gallery below, which shows Zable in all of its stages: Stone Age, modern-day, construction, and the artistic rendition of the final version. We pulled as many pictures as we could from the @Tribeathletics Instagram to show the construction, as well as some from the internet to document Zable’s past; we hope you enjoy it. Because it’s never too early to be talking Tribe football. LET’S GO TRIBE!!!