LOGAN, Utah – Utah State Athletics will announce a new corporate sponsor and name change to Romney Stadium at its annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 11 it was announced Thursday by Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes.
Additionally, Utah State will announce formal plans for renovations to Romney Stadium that will begin this summer.
Fans are invited to a community tailgate in the West parking lot of Romney Stadium beginning at noon on Saturday. At halftime of the Spring Game, USU Athletics will hold a special on-the-field presentation announcing its new corporate sponsor and the renaming of Romney Stadium.
Romney Stadium was originally built in 1968 and officially dedicated on Sept. 27, 1969. The first game in Romney Stadium history came on Sept. 14, 1968, when Utah State defeated New Mexico State, 28-12. In 47 seasons, USU has posted a 130-98 (.570) record inside Romney Stadium.
Romney Stadium is named after legendary Utah State football and basketball coach, and athletics director, E. Lowell ‘Dick’ Romney who spent 29 seasons as the Aggies’ head football coach from 1919-48, compiling a 128-91-16 (.579) record. Romney also spent 22 seasons (1920-41) as the men’s basketball coach at USU and posted a 225-157 (.589) record. In all, Romney is the longest-tenured head football and basketball coach in school history, and also ranks first all-time in career football wins (128) and football games coached (235).
Renovations to Romney stadium will focus on greatly improving the overall fan experience. On the west side, a new four-story premium seating and press box structure will be built to include a state-of-the-art media and game operations area, 24 luxury suites, 24 loge boxes, over 700 covered club seats and a premium club area that will also be used to host a student-athlete training table. Major concourse work will include significantly increased restrooms, upgraded concessions, and an enlarged concourse for better pedestrian traffic flow. Improvements on the east will include additional seating and restroom facilities.
Renovations will also include new video boards on both the north and south ends of Romney Stadium, along with a new public address system. The additional expansion of Romney Stadium’s seating capacity is also planned for the future.
Romney Stadium has largely gone without any upgrades to the existing structures during its 47-year existence as the seating capacity has been altered twice; once in 1980 with the addition of approximately 10,000 seats to the south bowl, and again in 1997 as roughly 4,000 chair back seats were installed to bring the present capacity to 25,513.
In 2005, the south end zone area of Romney Stadium was renovated, providing improved concessions and restroom facilities, as well as a widened concourse on the east side of the stadium. And in 2008, the three-story, 69,000-square foot Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex was completed in the north end zone, providing enhanced athletic and academic needs for all 16 of USU’s varsity sports.
For more information on the renovations to Romney Stadium or to pledge a gift, contact the USU Athletics Department at (435) 797-1850.
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