'Grand entrance' in the works for Weber State's Stewart Stadium

Friday , October 07, 2016 - 6:12 PM1 comment

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN —Weber State Athletics has released renderings of a grand entrance to be built on the north end of Stewart Stadium.

Official plans for the structure have not yet been finalized, but the renderings give a general idea of what Wildcat fans can expect.

According to WSU Athletics Director Jerry Bovee, the department is approximately halfway to its fundraising goal of $7 million. No timetable has been given for the beginning of the facility’s construction, let alone an expected time of completion. The timeline will be more clear once the project has been fully funded.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do to continue to raise money before we’re able to put a shovel in the ground, but we’re well on our way,” Bovee said Thursday in a video released by the school.

The new facility will feature a locker room, equipment room, various meeting rooms and entertainment spaces for game days.

The stadium entrance portion of the facility will be called the “Sark’s Boys Gateway,” a nod to former head coach Sark Arslanian, who led the Wildcats from the late ‘60s to early ‘70s.

More naming opportunities for donors are available, but renderings show the facility is named the Barbara and Rory Youngberg Football Center.

The project is another chapter in the many facility developments under Bovee’s direction. Most recently, LED lights were installed on the soccer field and an academic center for athletes was also completed.

For Stewart Stadium, the bathrooms on the east side of the field built before last season were the latest edition. The turf field and new track were installed in 2011, and the suites and press box opened in 2001.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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