A look at the new ODU football stadium two days ahead of kickoff

A look at the new ODU football stadium two days ahead of kickoff


(ANITA) WE ARE JUST DAYS AWAY FROM THE DEBUT OF THE NEW S.B. BALLARD STADIUM AT OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY. SATURDAY, THE MONARCHS TAKE ON LOCAL RIVAL NORFOLK STATE. IF YOU CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG TO GET AN INSIDE LOOK – 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S JASON MARKS IS THERE RIGHT NOW – GETTING A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK BEFORE IT OPENS TO FANS. HOW’S IT LOOKING, JASON? (JASON) IN TWO DAYS, OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY FANS WILL GET TO EXPERIENCE THE NEW S.B. BALLARD STADIUM FOR THEMSELVES. THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED STADIUM – WHICH SEATS JUST UNDER 22,000 – WILL GET ITS DEBUT WHEN THE MONARCHS TAKE ON LOCAL RIVAL NORFOLK STATE ON SATURDAY. OLD DOMINION HELD ITS FIRST SCRIMMAGE OF THE FALL CAMP UNDER THE LIGHTS AT THE NEW STADIUM EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE ORIGINAL FOREMAN FIELD FIRST OPENED IN 1936. THAT’S 83 YEARS OF HISTORY TORN DOWN IN NO TIME AT ALL. IN FACT, CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW STADIUM BEGAN ONLY 72 HOURS AFTER THE MONARCHS PLAYED THEIR FINAL GAME AT FOREMAN FIELD. NINE MONTHS LATER, THE FUTURE IS NOW. MORE THAN 300 SUB-CONTRACTORS WERE A PART OF THIS PROJECT, WHICH CAME OUT TO COST OF ALMOST $70 MILLION. THE FOOTBALL TEAM HASN’T EVEN PLAYED THE FIRST GAME, AND ALREADY COACH BOBBY WILDER HAS SEEN A RETURN ON INVESTMENT, ESPECIALLY ON THE RECRUITING TRAIL. NOW IT’S TIME TO TURN ON THE LIGHTS. (ANITA) (ANITA) BE SURE TO CATCH A 10 ON YOUR SIDE SPORTS SPECIAL– “O-D-U’S NEW STADIUM: THE MAKING OF A MONARCH”. WE’LL TAKE YOU INSIDE THE NEW FOOTBALL STADIUM BEFORE IT OPENS– AND YOU’LL HEAR FROM THE MAN WHO BUILT IT, AND THE LEGACY HE HOPES TO LEAVE. THE SPORTS SPECIAL IS TONIGHT AT 7:00, RIGHT HERE ON WAVY-TV 10.

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