CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina University held a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday on the Brooks Stadium Expansion.
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One reason for the expansion and renovation is because CCU joined the Sun Belt Conference. The step up now makes the football team part of the Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS eligible.
"Next football season, 2017, is our first year at the FBS level as we complete our transition in to the Sun Belt Conference," Hogue said last year. "Obviously we have to meet requirements from the NCAA in making that transition in football. One of those is an attendance requirement, so in order to do that we have to have more seats."
Hogue said the stadium will have 15,030 seats. The FBS upgrade also means intensified recruiting and 22 more scholarship opportunities.