Iowa State athletics released their schematic designs for a closing up the south end zone of Jack Trice Stadium on Monday.
Oct 26, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Sam B. Richardson (12) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The official Cyclones press release shows that the lower deck is completely filled, with the upper deck being added in the corners and the rest of the south end zone being closed off with club seats and another huge video board and sound system.
"The initial phase of the renovation will close in the south end zone at the stadium with a permanent upper and lower seating bowl. That structure will house a new two-story premium club space, include an additional HD-quality video board / sound system and connect the east and west concourses. Stadium capacity will exceed 61,000 upon completion of the project in August, 2015."
A picture of the design can be found on the press release, along with athletic director Jamie Pollard’s statements. In summary, he states that closing in the south end zone will enhance the stadium atmosphere and upgrading Reiman Gardens will make two of Iowa State’s biggest landmarks much more valuable.
Another part of the restructuring process, which will be determined later, will focus on parking and other surrounding areas of the stadium. According to the release, the whole project will cost approximately $60 million. $25 million of that was donated by Roy and Bobbi Reiman, the Reiman Publications founders last November.