Griffiths to be ready for season opener, Vanier Cup
A second series of upgrades to Griffiths Stadium has been approved by the Board of Governors in order to get the facility ready for the 2006 Huskie football season, and for the 2006 Vanier Cup.
Construction of a new team building, a new washroom and concession building, and renovations to existing team and classroom/office space, at a total cost of $2.57 million, got the go-ahead from the Board March 31. In December, the Board approved the installation of artificial turf, artificial lighting and an east-side grandstand, expansion of the media box and construction of an enhanced entrance gate. Most of these changes are required to fulfill the University’s successful bid to host the university football championship game in November.
According to Heather Magotiaux, vice-president University Advancement, the entire cost of the work is coming from community donors, with $6,315,000 already secured and another $2,330,000 being finalized.
“The football community is very keen to see this proceed,” she said. “All the work will be done for the start of the football season, and our first home game is Sept. 2.”
In information provided to the Board, Magotiaux said the upgrades will begin to bring the stadium to a standard “typical of an institution the caliber of the University of Saskatchewan.” The end result, said her report, will be a facility that will serve the needs of both the University and other community and provincial organizations.
First opened in 1936 with a playing field, running track and grandstand, Griffiths Stadium was moved east of its original site to its current location in 1967. Additions and renovations were done in 1962, 1971 and 1976, then again in 1988 prior to the Jeux Canada Games.
The entire project went to tender in March and work is expected to being within weeks.