CCU athletic leaders say Brooks Stadium expansion will economically affect the region

CCU athletic leaders say Brooks Stadium expansion will economically affect the region

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Better entrances and exits, more concession stands, and of course more seats are just a few of the things that will be added to Brooks stadium - all things Coastal Carolina University representatives said will help with the overall game day experience. According to athletic leaders, expanding Brooks stadium will not only help the school, but also the community.

The expansion plan, that is not to exceed $38 million, will also include more restrooms, more amenities, and plans how people are shuttled to the stadium from parking lots.

The university also released several renderings of the planned expansions to the football stadium.

The illustration shows a second level of seating backing up to Highway 544, with what looks to be a level of suites in the middle.

The expansion of the football stadium is part of Coastal Carolina's upcoming move to the Sun Belt Conference and its corresponding move from the NCAA's second-tiered Football Championship Subdivision to the top-tiered Football Bowl Subdivision.

We've really taken a lot of care and put a lot of thought into how we can handle the game day experience for fans, not just having more seats and expanding the stadium," said CCU Athletic Director Matt Hogue.

Hogue said you will see an increase in the amount of visiting fans that will travel to our area with the change to the Sun Belt Conference and the type of opponents they will be playing. Hogue said those fans bases are a lot larger and tend to travel…which will have an indirect economic benefit on our area. It will also help them reach the attendance requirement that must be met for the Football Bowl Subdivision.

"We want to have as much support from the community and the grand strand as possible," Hogue said. "We'll be out there reaching out as much as possible to get people excited about it because it does really have a positive impact, we believe, on our community. And it helps them see, again, why Coastal Carolina has such an impact on our region, not just in athletics, but in everything that we do."

Hogue said there is already a variation ticket pricing system in place that the school hopes to keep, but as far as a rise in season ticket prices - a final decision hasn't been reached.

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