After successfully completing a comprehensive feasibility study for the conversion of Turner Field to Georgia State Football Stadium, Heery was selected to provide full architecture, interior design, and engineering services for Phase 1 of the renovation.
The field and infrastructure improvements include a new artificial turf field, the modification of existing front row sight lines for football, new LED field lighting, and the conversion of three existing suites into TV broadcast and coaches’ boxes. Fan amenities encompass chair seating on a new precast grandstand on a newly constructed visitor sideline, bench seating on new precast grandstand (student and band seating) in the endzone, new corner loge terrace seating, new plaza level concourse, and the conversion of selected men’s restrooms to women’s. A new GSU home locker room and minor renovations to the visiting locker room enhance team and player development.
The new 55-yard long, 6,500-SF locker room has perimeter lockers, making it one of the largest clear spanning locker rooms in college football. The space highlights the GSU brand, high-tech lighting, enhanced air flow circulation, and specialty locker design that energizes and activates the space. The floor and walls mimic the football field with hash marks on the walls and yard lines on the carpet. Where else can players run a 40-yard dash in their locker room?
“When you realize the iconic nature of this stadium, the history that’s in this stadium… it’s a fascinating opportunity for us,” said Georgia State athletic director Charlie Cobb, “It’s transformational. It gives us a chance to take a football program that we’re still trying to grow, we’re still trying to develop, and we’ve got as nice of a facility as anybody.”
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