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Feb 18, 2016 9:59 AM

UNH expected to finish 1st football stadium renovations in decades by June


DURHAM - The University of New Hampshire football program is getting a major face lift.

Not only will the brand new $25 million facility help recruiting, but Wednesday's announcements show how watching the game will be a major upgrade for fans.

It's been decades in the making.

This fall, the Wildcats will finally be opening the football season in a new stadium.

"I kept looking out my office window to see what it was going to be like," said Sean McDonnell, UNH's head football coach. "I go over, hop the fence and go up to the top and I looked out of the stadium, and it's just - it's pretty cool."

This will be the first major upgrade to the football facilities in more than 60 years.

Construction is ahead of schedule thanks to the mild winter. The athletic department expects it to be finished in June.

"Every day you get to see the progress," said Jon Danos, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs for UNH Athletics. "We're now beginning to take tours throughout the facility - bringing important partners in and get that sense of excitement that we've all sort of bottled up."

The school unveiled the layout - with reserved seats, box seats and a luxurious 'Victory Club' with parking, catered food and special team access - on Wednesday.

The club seats will cost $1,000 a piece with half of that figure going to the school as a donation.

With all of the changes, Coach Mac made sure to chalk up some of his own X's and O's on the blueprints.

"We wanted the student section to be left the way it was. We had a couple of renditions where they were arching around the corner - this and that," he said. "I'm so happy that the students are going to be able to be patting us on the back when we do good things."

The stadium will host it's first UNH football game on Sept. 10. The facility will also be home for NHIAA championships and host other non-university events.

Chantel McCabe is a multimedia journalist and anchor for NH1 News. You can email her at cmccabe@nh1.com and follow her on Twitter, @Chantel_McCabe.


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