Renovation update and photo gallery (March 11)

Four months into the $110-million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium, crews are hard at work.

On Monday, UK’s Britney Howard toured the construction site and shot the photo gallery below to update the progress of the project. As you can see, the stadium is undergoing a lot of changes already.

Here are a few highlights:

  • The most noticeable work being done inside the stadium is in the concourse. Crews have already excavated large portions of the concourse to begin the utility work that is an important part of this first phase of the project.
  • The President’s Room on the South side of the stadium (under section 130) is already gone to make way for the Field Level Club that will be located in its place when the new stadium opens in 2015. It was demolished in December.
  • The concession stand in the East end zone (under section 139) has also been demolished to make way for the state-of-the-art recruiting room.
  • Three light poles on both the North and South sides of the stadium have been torn down.
  • A safety wall has been set up to block off the back rows of the South upper level, the seats that will not be available for the 2014 season.
  • The base of operations for construction is in the parking lot on the South side of the stadium. This will be the case throughout the project, meaning spaces inside the parking fence that has been set up will not be available throughout the 2014 season. This – along with a required FEMA project – is the reason why parking will be affected next year.
  • If you read all this and are concerned about whether Commonwealth will be ready to host the Spring Game on April 26, rest easy. The field remains untouched by construction.

As construction continues throughout the offseason, we will continue to keep you updated with photo galleries and hopefully a live feed from the site soon.