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Williams Stadium Press Box Demolition Update

November 30, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Photo updated as of Dec. 4, 2009 (around 3:30 p.m.)
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William Stadium Press Box Demolition Photo Gallery
(updated as of Dec. 4, 2009)

A deconstruction crew spent a majority of Monday making final preparations for the demolition of the Williams Stadium football press box, before a crane began to tear the facility down late in the afternoon.

The demolition of the 21-year old facility is the first step toward construction of the new five-story suite and press tower that will overlook an expanded Williams Stadium for the 2010 football season.

Once Phase One of the three-phase plan has been completed, the on-campus football facility will seat 19,200, which is an expansion of over 7,000 seats from its current seating capacity. For more information about the complete three-phase plan, please click here to read the official press release issued on Aug. 28, 2009.

The deconstruction crew is slated to complete the tear-down portion of the demolition on Tuesday and will spend the remainder of the week sorting through the remains to ready it for relocation and disposal.

Toward the end of the month of December, construction crews will reconvene at the site to begin building the new suite and press tower. Once completed, the five-story structure will house a spacious club level for Flames Club members, a level of 18 individual suites and the top floor, which will be dedicated to press and game operation services.

When construction commences on the facility, will be providing daily photo updates (Monday through Friday) via a Football Press Box construction blog.

Throughout the remainder of this week, be sure to check back and view the photo gallery link at the top of this article for the latest in the press box demolition process. The most recent photos of the demolition process will appear at the beginning of the photo gallery.

Dec. 1, 2009 - Demolition Update
The demolition crew returned to Williams Stadium around 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning to continue to tear down the current Williams Stadium press box. By 11 a.m., the final corner of the facility, toward the North end of the stadium, had been torn down. The demolition crew spent the remainder of the day, sorting through the debris in preparation for its disposal by the end of the week.

Be sure to click here to get a video update on today's demolition process.

Dec. 2, 2009 - Demolition Update
A steady dose of cold rain throughout the day did not dampen the working spirits of the demolition crew, as they continued to sort through the piles of debris left by Monday and Tuesday press box demolition. Trucks moved in and out of Williams Stadium most of the day taking the debris away for disposal. A few new photos have been added to the beginning of the photo gallery (link above) showing the demolition process.

Dec. 3, 2009 – Demolition Update
The demolition crew found much more favorable weather on Liberty Mountain on Thursday, allowing them to nearly complete the debris removal of the former Williams Stadium press box. All remains of the steel infrastructure were removed today, leaving just a small portion of cinder block left for disposal on Friday. The demolition crew is slated to complete the press box removal process tomorrow. Additional photos have been added to the beginning of the photo gallery (link above), giving a progress update.

Dec. 4, 2009 – Demolition Completion
The demolition crew completely cleared the site which used to house the Williams Stadium press box of all demolition materials late Friday morning. Around Noon, the equipment being used to complete the demolition process began leaving Williams Stadium, while the demolition crew had completely vacated the site by mid-afternoon. Friday's final demolition photos have been added to the photo gallery (link above), giving a final look at the week-long demolition process.

As a reminder, today's demolition brings to a close the beginning construction process of the five-story press box and suite tower. Bidding on the project has closed and the winning contractor will be awarded the project bid next week. Actual construction on the project is not slated to begin until the end of December. Once the construction process begins, a construction blog will be updated daily (Monday through Friday) on until the project is completed in time for the 2010 football season.