Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium
|Country||United States of America|
|Clubs||Old Dominion Monarchs|
|Inauguration||03/10/1936 (ODU Monarchs - Virginia Cavaliers)|
|Renovations||1957, 1981, 1998, 2009|
|Cost||$300,000 (1936), $24.8 million (2009)|
|Design||Ellerbe Beckett, AECOM (2009)|
|Address||5115 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23529, USA|
Description: Foreman Field
Construction of this charming stadium was launched in 1935 and to this day it retained its signature features: two monumental grandstands along each side. Rounded shape and symmetric arcades within the brick façade look as they did in 1930s, even if the stands have changed to some extent (new press boxes, floodlights, etc.).
Behind the goals situation differed in various periods. Upon opening in October 1936, the stadium had both ends free, only occupied by the running track. In 1957 this changed as new grandstands were built just behind the field, expanding the stadium from 17,500 to 26,000. That said, the running track was still there until 2009! It was possible because runners simply ran under the stands where they had to.
In 1998 the stadium went below 20,000 as the south end was removed. Free space remained unused until 2009, when a new pavilion with skyboxes was erected behind the south end. Conjoined with multi-level parking, the building consumed $29.5 million or over 80 times the original stadium cost from 1936 ($300,000)!
This major upgrade was carried out to allow Old Dominion University football team to return to the stadium for the first season since 1940. During their 69-year absence the stadium still hosted some major football fixtures, but with limited tenancy. For this reason it was largely used for field hockey.
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