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Introducing the New

S.B. Ballard Stadium

ODU Football Players
ODU vs Norfolk State
Saturday, August 31

Old Dominion University is rebuilding and expanding S.B. Ballard Stadium to enhance seating and add modern amenities. Construction will end before the home opener of the 2019 football season. The project will not use state funds or require an increase in student fees. It will be funded by athletic revenue, private funding and bond proceeds. The first phase of the $65 million project will address many of the recommendations that fans made in a 2016 survey.

The Project Scope

New and Enhanced Seating

The east and west stands will be demolished and replaced to increase fan comfort and amenities at the 81-year-old stadium. New mid-field fixed-back seating will be complemented by bleacher seating with backs. Legroom will increase by at least 9 inches for every seat in the bowl, an amenity that addresses a primary concern in the survey. The configuration of the seating bowl will also bring fans 10 feet closer to the sidelines and provide better sight lines over the players' benches, creating a more intimate environment.


Renovations also will include new entries to the stadium to improve the flow of fans around the facility. The west gate will feature a pre-game plaza where ODU fans can purchase a personalized brick to cement their legacy in the new facility. The stadium will also feature a brand new press box on the west side of the stadium, twenty one spacious new restrooms, a state of the art sound system, and new sports lighting that will provide better quality game lighting for high-definition cameras and broadcasts.

Preserving ODU's Heritage

The University will memorialize the history of Foreman Field by, among other things, referencing the iconic arches of the original stadium and incorporating Foreman Field's brick pattern into the new design.

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Premium Seating

For more information about premium seating opportunities in the new SB Ballard Stadium including the new Priority Automotive Luxury Sideline Club, please contact Jay Haeseker at 757-683-6964 or by e-mail at jhaeseke@odu.edu.

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Official Construction updates can be found here: www.odu.edu/stadium

The ODAF will conduct a seat selection process for the new SB Ballard Stadium in May of 2019. All ODU Football ticket holders will be allowed to participate in this seat selection process. For more information on ODAF Membership please click here.

ODAF Members and ODU season ticket holders will receive a seat selection time based on their 2019 ODAF Priority Point Ranking. For more information on the new ODAF Membership structure please click here.

There will not be a substantial increase in ticket pricing in the new SB Ballard Stadium. However, as a result of the new tax bill the ODAF will implement a seat membership program. For more information regarding the ODAF Seat Membership program, please click here.

Tailgating is one of the most enjoyed experiences of ODU Football. As in years past, tailgate parking will be allocated by 2019 ODAF Membership level and priority points within each level. In addition to the traditional parking lot tailgating opportunities, the ODAF and ODU Athletics are exploring opportunities to expand tailgating. Please stay tuned for exciting news regarding 2019 tailgating.

More Information on tickets will be available in January 2019.

Yes, there will be a 400 seat luxury club located at midfield on the west side of the stadium. In addition the premium seating options in the Atlantic Bay Football Endzone Complex will remain a part of the new stadium. For more information on the new luxury club and other premium seating opportunities please contact Jay Haeseker at 757.683.6964 or by e-mail at jhaeseke@odu.edu.

Yes, the Lexus Field Pass Terrace will remain in the football stadium. However, access to the Lexus Field Pass Terrace will now be tied to ODAF Membership and not the location of a season ticket holder's seats. The 2019 ODAF Membership Benefits chart will be released in January of 2019.

Click here  to find out more about the SB Ballard Stadium brick campaign.

In addition to the exciting match ups against our C-USA opponents, the Monarchs will face several great out of conference teams. Including Norfolk State (2019), ECU (2019), Wake Forest (2020), UVA (2020), and Virginia Tech (2022).

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To become a sponsor in the new ODU football stadium or with any ODU athletic program, please contact ODU Sports Properties General Manager Michael O'Brien at 757-683-4705 or via e-mail at msobrien@odu.edu

Season ticket information will be provided by January 2019. To ensure that you are up to date, please provide your e-mail address below in the stay in the know section.

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