Posted: 8:00 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013
In response to last week's article concerning theoretical changes you'd make to Bobby Dodd Stadium, FTRS's very own GT_Jason came up with some really neat designs of what he would do to alter it if given the chance. I've compiled them into an imgur album and embedded it below. Before you peruse the images, here are a few notes from the man himself!
The light gray (lower grandstand) is bench seating, the darker gray (upper decks) would probably need to be chairback seating to spread visiting fans out and keep capacity down near what it is today. The darkest gray represents a replacement for the Wardlaw center wrapping around the South end and East sideline. The middle shade of gold is the chairback club seating. The brighter yellow is student seating (see how I want them behind the opposing bench?) and the darkest gold area is a three-level party deck/patio cantilevered out from the huge new athletic center under the North seating. You can't see it in this view, but there are 4 video boards (one in each corner.)
Expansion: The first step in future expansion would be to replace chairbacks with benches to get more people into the upper decks. I included another view showing where the stadium has room to grow (represented in blue.)
Design: Basically, I stole the design for Autzen stadium (long, straight benches on very steep grandstands that have a forced curve to the rim without curving the benches) and used it for 3/4 of the stadium. I did this for a few reasons, First, everyone sits flush to their sideline even if they sit along the outer rim. Near the field there are a lot of students making noise and flush surfaces for the noise to bounce off of without collecting or deflecting as it can in a curved-sideline stadium. Second, the curved outer rim adds a cool aesthetic that feels collegiate without looking ancient. The upper West upgrade (the other 1/4) is inspired by a trick used in the design of Ben Hill Griffin stadium to get upper deck fans closer to the field and also create concourse or box space below them. I think the West stands' concourse should stay in the 1950's as it is today, but the rest of the stadium should be super next-level modern, including a gigantic replacement to the Edge Center on the North End and Callaway Plaza.
Views: I tried to make as many views as I could to help people understand the odd angles and stepped-level box suites that would be needed when taking a non-curved grandstand and forcing a curve to its rim and then adding upper decks to it. Hopefully, people can understand the way it works and catch a vision for how cool Georgia Tech's stadium could be with about two or three hundred million dollars to play with.
Thanks again to GT_Jason for all of these awesome renderings!
Do you like this concept for renovation, or would you be ready to run GT_Jason out of town for trying to implement this?