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Ohio Stadium renovation to be completed day before home opener

August 28, 2014

moody.178@osu.edu
A lift stands in use outside of Ohio Stadium as part of a multi-million dollar renovation project Aug. 28. The project is set to be completed Sept. 5, the day before OSU is scheduled to play its first home football game of the year. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editor

A lift stands in use outside of Ohio Stadium as part of a multi-million dollar renovation project Aug. 28. The project is set to be completed Sept. 5, the day before OSU is scheduled to play its first home football game of the year.
Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editor

A multi-million dollar Ohio Stadium renovation project is set to be completed just a day before the Ohio State football team is scheduled to take the field for its home opener.

Don Patko, associate athletic director for facilities operations, told The Lantern in May that the project was tentatively scheduled to be completed by Aug. 14, but left the option of extending the deadline open.

OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in a Thursday email that the project end date was officially changed to Sept. 5, while the Buckeyes are scheduled to play Virginia Tech in the stadium Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.

“The bulk of the work will be complete by Monday with minor activities likely to occur throughout next week,” Wallenberg said.

Wallenberg said there was “no specific reason” for the change to a later project end date.

A construction worker works on a lift outside of Ohio Stadium Aug. 28.  Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editor

A construction worker works on a lift outside of Ohio Stadium Aug. 28.
Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editor

The stadium is undergoing a project that is slated to cost $13.7 million and will see the addition of 2,600 seats to the south stands, the addition of permanent lighting around the stadium for night games and the final stages of a waterproofing project on select parts of A-deck.

Additionally, OSU installed a new turf field in the stadium as part of a separate $1.7 million project that saw four new fields installed at multiple OSU facilities.

Wallenberg said the project’s final budget hasn’t changed.


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