InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field

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InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field
InfoCision opening day1.JPG
Full name InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field
Location Akron, Ohio, USA
Coordinates 41°4′20.4492″N 81°30′28.8684″W / 41.072347000°N 81.508019000°W / 41.072347000; -81.508019000Coordinates: 41°4′20.4492″N 81°30′28.8684″W / 41.072347000°N 81.508019000°W / 41.072347000; -81.508019000
Broke ground February 18, 2008 (2008-02-18)[1]
Opened September 12, 2009 (2009-09-12)
Owner University of Akron
Operator University of Akron
Surface Prograss artificial turf
Scoreboard 84 ft × 64 ft (26 m × 20 m)
Construction cost $61.6 million USD
Architect HNTB Architecture, Inc.
Project manager Welty Building Company[1]
Structural engineer E.P.I. of Cleveland, Inc.[1]
General contractor Marous Brothers Construction[1]
Capacity 30,000[1]
Tenants
Akron Zips football (NCAA)

InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field is a college American football stadium in Akron, Ohio and the home field of the Akron Zips football team at the University of Akron. New for the 2009 football season, the official ground-breaking ceremony for the stadium was held on April 4, 2008,[2] and it opened on September 12, 2009, for a sold-out game between the Akron Zips and the Morgan State Bears.[3] The stadium was constructed to replace the Rubber Bowl, which was the prior home of the University of Akron Zips football team.[4] Four companies hold naming rights to various parts of the stadium.

History[edit]

View of InfoCision Stadium press tower

InfoCision Stadium was constructed as part of a building initiative undergone by the University of Akron called the "New Landscape for Learning."[5] The $300 million construction program included the construction and renovations of numerous buildings on campus, including the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences building, an honors complex, a student recreation center, and a student union.[6] The Rubber Bowl, the former home of the Zips football team, was located 6 miles (9.7 km) away of the Akron campus.[7] Due to the high maintenance costs for the facility, the decision was made to construct an on-campus stadium.[8]

To build the new stadium, several dormitories had to be demolished and the properties of local tenants were acquired using eminent domain.[9][10][11] In order to house the displaced students, the University spent $22.6 million to purchase Quaker Square, a former Quaker Oats Company oat silo that was converted into a hotel.[12][13]

A parachuter descends with American flag in tow onto the surface of Summa Field as part of the opening day festivities.

The home opener of the 2009 football season marked the first game held in InfoCision Stadium. In it, the Zips defeated Morgan State 41–0.[14] To mark the occasion, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to inaugurate the new stadium. Amongst those who cut the ribbon were Don Plusquellic (Mayor of Akron), Betty Sutton (member of the United States House of Representatives), and Luis Proenza (President of the University of Akron).[15]

Structure and facilities[edit]

InfoCision Stadium holds 27,000 spectators in traditional seating with an additional 3,000 the grassy knoll on the south end of the stadium.[16] The cost for the stadium complex, including the end zone facility, was $61.6 million. There is one team shop, located on the south side of the stadium. The scoreboard is 84 feet (26 m) wide and 60 feet (18 m) tall,[17] and there are video ribbon boards located throughout. The seven-level press tower contains concession stands, restrooms, and 80,000 sq ft (7,400 m2) of academic space. Premium seating options include the FirstMerit Foundation Club, which features 522 Club Seats, 38 luxury boxes, two bar areas, and upscale concessions; Seventeen Suites, which include 16 private suites, and one presidential suite; and the Towpath Credit Union Press Level. The seventh level of the western building contains press rooms. Lower levels of the tower include locker rooms and sports medicine facilities.

The stadium also has a sloped, grassy hill at the south end of the field that seats 3,000 people.[18] The section is used to accommodate spillover from the 5,000 seat student section, also known as the "Roo Zoo", that is located in the bleachers adjacent to the hill on both sides of the field.

Naming rights[edit]

The stadium is named for InfoCision Management Corporation and the playing field for Summa Health System. In the press tower on the stadium's west side, the club seating is named after the Akron-based FirstMerit Corporation and the press box for the local Towpath Credit Union. Principal naming rights for the stadium were purchased through a personal donation by Gary Taylor, Founder and Chairman of InfoCision Management Corporation, a firm based in nearby Bath Township that operates call centers.[19] Through Taylor's $10 million donation to the university, InfoCision secured naming rights for the stadium for twenty years.[20]

Summa Health System, an Ohio Non-Profit Hospital, purchased (by means of its for-profit insurance company, SummaCare) twenty years of naming rights for the field with a $5 million donation.[21] FirstMerit Corporation, a financial services company headquartered in Akron, purchased naming rights for the club level seating of the press tower for ten years.[22] Towpath Credit Union pledged $100,000 over five years to secure naming rights to the press box located in top level of the press tower until 2013, with an additional option for a five-year extension through 2018.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field". GoZips.com. University of Akron. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Quick Facts: A Brief History of the University" Retrieved September 12, 2009
  3. ^ "Enthusiasm spills out of sold-out InfoCision Stadium" – Ohio.com Retrieved September 12, 2009
  4. ^ "UA players ready to 'protect our own stadium'" – Ohio.com Retrieved September 12, 2009
  5. ^ Strategic Plan & Initiatives: "New Landscape for Learning" Retrieved September 13, 2009
  6. ^ "New Landscape for Learning" Retrieved September 13, 2009
  7. ^ "Zips band performs coda at old stadium" Retrieved September 13, 2009
  8. ^ The University of Akron InfoCision Stadium and Summa Field: "History" Retrieved September 13, 2009
  9. ^ World Lingo: "Rubber Bowl" Retrieved September 13, 2009
  10. ^ The Buchtelite: "March to save Manny's" Retrieved September 13, 2009
  11. ^ "Eminent Domain Watch" Retrieved September 13, 2009
  12. ^ "UA Buys Quaker Square Complex" Retrieved September 13, 2009
  13. ^ "Quaker Square – Akron Ohio" – About.com Retrieved September 13, 2009
  14. ^ "Akron Opens InfoCision Stadium With 41–0 Win Over MSU" Retrieved September 12, 2009
  15. ^ Opening ceremony gallery – Ohio.com Retrieved September 12, 2009
  16. ^ "No ticket for UA game? You're out of luck" – Ohio.com Retrieved September 12, 2009
  17. ^ "Five things to watch at UA stadium debut" – Ohio.com Retrieved September 12, 2009
  18. ^ "The Hill beckons pumped-up Zips fans" – Ohio.com Retrieved September 12, 2009
  19. ^ InfoCision – "About Us" Retrieved September 12, 2009
  20. ^ "Donor sees gift as way to help UA community" – Ohio.com Retrieved September 12, 2009
  21. ^ "Summa backs new field with $5 million gift" – Ohio.com Retrieved September 12, 2009
  22. ^ "FirstMerit Foundation Donates $1 Million to InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field" Retrieved September 12, 2009
  23. ^ "Towpath Credit Union Inks Naming Rights" Retrieved September 12, 2009

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