The Michigan State University board of trustees approved a $61 million project to expand Spartan Stadium Friday. Construction is slated to begin after the football season ends in November.
The new renovations include an expanded press box, new entrances and stadium facade, 862 club seats, and 24 box suites. Trustee members say the suites will be tasteful and include many amenities, but won't be luxurious. The expansion project is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2005 football season.
Athletic Director Ron Mason says the $61 million for the project will come mainly from the athletic department. The project won't take any money from the General Fund.
But the football team and its fans aren't the only ones who will enjoy the renovated stadium. Offices for the Alumni Association and University Development will also be housed in the stadium. Making it a centerpiece for alum and new students alike.
MSU interim president Lou Anna Simon says the project is an "and project," meaning it includes pluses for both athletics "and" academics.
Suites in the stadium range in price from $35,000 to $80,000 a year. Club seats range from $4,500 to $6,500 annually.