For years BYU fans have been suggesting that they connect the four sections of LaVell Edwards Stadium by filling in the corners with additional seating. Well it looks like renovations are on their way that will connect the stadium, but without the increased seating.
This morning BYU announced that after the 2018 season they will start on some improvements that will help increase accessibility throughout the stadium. Here is a portion of the press release from BYU that details the updates.
The project will add structural sections at the four corners of the stadium that will connect the existing four independent stadium stands at the mezzanine level. While no additional seating will be added to the stadium, these improvements will allow patrons to walk between stands without having to return to ground level.
The project will also increase the number of restrooms in the stadium by adding women’s, men’s and family-friendly facilities on the north and south mezzanine levels. The changes are intended to improve accessibility, safety and the overall patron experience at BYU football games and other stadium events.
With BYU’s attendance numbers hitting a bit of a slide it makes sense that they wouldn’t create any additional seating at this point in time. That aside, these small improvements will help with the overall game day experience. Anytime you can allow for easier access and mobility for the fans, it’s a win. And let’s not forget about those extra bathrooms because we all know that you can never have too many of those at a sporting venue.
This isn’t the big sexy renovation that some are probably hoping for but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. We’ll be anxiously awaiting the artist rendering of these changes which will be made public in the next few months.