New S.B. Ballard Stadium at Old Dominion University almost ready to open

Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 16:45:29-04

NORFOLK, Va. - The new S.B. Ballard Stadium at Old Dominion University in Norfolk is nearing completion.

Crews have been working around the clock for the past nine months on the $67 million upgrade to the stadium.

The project is scheduled to be finished in time for kickoff of the new season on August 31 against Norfolk State University.

"It’s a sense of pride. It’s a sense of accomplishment. It’s also a sense of giving and providing legacy for Hampton Roads," ODU Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig told News 3 anchor Todd Corillo.

The old stadium, Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium, opened in 1936 with a total seating capacity of 20,118. The new S.B. Ballard Stadium will have a seating capacity of 22,480.

It will also feature a new video board and ribbon boards, as well as a new audio system and new field turf.

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