Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Aggieville: USU Sports
Steve Luhm and Lya Wodraska
Steve Luhm and Lya Wodraska cover Utah State athletics for The Salt Lake Tribune. Lya Wodraska is on twitter at @LyaWodraska, Steve Luhm is on twitter at @sluhm

» E-mail Lya Wodraska

» E-mail Steve Luhm

» Subscribe (RSS)

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah State Aggies kicker Nick Diaz (93) kicks a point after touchdown during the game at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium Saturday November 30, 2013. Utah State is defeating Wyoming 21-0 at halftime.
Utah State Board of Trustees approves Romney Stadium renovation plans

The long-awaited renovations to Romney Stadium are another small step closer to fruition, Utah State announced Friday afternoon.

The university's Board of Trustees have formally approved plans to update the venerable stadium, which the athletics department hopes to modernize with luxury seating, a new press box, concession stands, restrooms and other facilities. It's an early step, but an important one that allows athletic director Scott Barnes and his staff to move forward on funding models for what could amount to the most ambitious facilities project of his tenure.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"Our objective is to formalize our revenue model to better understand the scope of the project we can fund," Barnes said in the school news release. "Ultimately, I see two phases, and we need to answer the question of what potential funding might buy in phase 1, in addition to new premium seating, club amenities and a press box structure. And, how soon can we get started on design."

The big development from the Trustees' approval is that a study from consulting firm Conventions, Sports and Leisure International determined that the renovation was financially feasible. A market and financial analysis from CSL helped greenlight the project. Barnes also presented "design and program concepts" from VCBO Architects.

Barnes said last fall that he felt that Utah State had directed a lot of energy at improving the athlete experience through construction: a football complex, a weight room, a soon-to-be-opened basketball and volleyball complex. The Aggies are now trying to improve the fan experience.

That starts with overhauling Romney, a distinct but 46-year-old venue that hasn't quite been able to fully serve its 25,500-fan capacity. There's also not much in the way of premium seating in Romney, save for the football complex suites in the North end zone. Utah State believes adding suites and box seating could open an important revenue stream for the university.

In November, Barnes estimated that the first phase of the project could cost between $20 and $25 million. Starting the project may require the largest lead gift in Utah State athletics history, so finding a reliable funding model will be the most critical step of the process.

Kyle Goon


Twitter: @kylegoon

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
USU Football Schedule
USU Basketball Schedule
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.