On Thursday the Arkansas State athletic department unveiled an upgraded website for its fundraising arm, the Red Wolves Foundation at www.redwolvesfoundation.com. The main thrust of this upgrade is to elevate the fundraising efforts on the north end zone expansion project. New artists rendering were added to the website showing how the project would fit into the current stadium and connect to the indoor practice field. For the athletes and coaches the expansion will include:
- new weight room and training/rehabilitation area
- new team locker room and position meeting rooms
- players’ lounge, academic rooms and team-theater meeting area
For the fans on game day, the expansion will add
- Red Wolves Den- which will be comprised of 4 person loge boxes and individual terrace premium seating. Both seating options include premium tailgate-type food, non-alcoholic beverages, access to two cash bars and private restrooms. This also includes a premium reserved tailgate location and connected parking space in the new Tailgate Promenade
- Terrace seating, located on the East and West areas of the end zone, are individual bar-height stools that include one Red Wolves Foundation donor parking spot.
Also part of the announcement is the development of a Tailgate Promenade at the current location of the outdoor practice fields, which is a new football parking/tailgating option. The Tailgate Promenade will include numbered individual parking spots and a connected 10 x 10 tailgate tent. Tailgate Promenade will feature private restrooms and have the capabilities for your own personal 10 x 10 tailgate tent for game days. Parking spaces are included with North End Zone Loge Boxes or can be sold on an individual basis.
The expansion will also have a water feature in both corners which will be the signature piece of this addition to Centennial Bank Stadium.
The largest detail on the expansion is obviously the funding of the project, which will probably run north of $20 million dollars, and the athletic department is saying the project will be funded by private donations and the preferred completion date would be in time for the 2018 season, all pending on that fundraising.
Without a doubt the combination of this project with the recently completed press box tower, and revenue producing premium seating and indoor practice facility would place the Red Wolves football program amongst the elite in facilities in the Group of 5.