Saluki Stadium

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Saluki Stadium
Location 2 Arena Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Coordinates 37°42′31″N 89°12′58″W / 37.7086°N 89.2162°W / 37.7086; -89.2162Coordinates: 37°42′31″N 89°12′58″W / 37.7086°N 89.2162°W / 37.7086; -89.2162
Owner Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Operator Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Capacity 15,000 (2010–present)
Surface FieldTurf
Construction
Broke ground March 3, 2009
Opened August 24, 2010[4]
Construction cost $25.3 million
($27.4 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect 360 Architecture
Image Architects, Inc.[2]
Services engineer Henneman Engineering, Inc.[3]
General contractor J. E. Dunn/Holland
Tenants
Southern Illinois Salukis (NCAA) (2010–present)

Saluki Stadium is a stadium on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Construction was completed in August 2010. The horseshoe-shaped stadium seats 15,000 spectators and hosts the school's American football program, replacing McAndrew Stadium. It is the newest of the 12 facilities built by Football Championship Subdivision schools since 2000.

Saluki Stadium is part of the $83 million Saluki Way Project, which includes a major renovation to the 46-year old SIU Arena and a new athletic support facility (that features new football offices and football locker rooms). The first event held at the stadium was an open house on August 24, 2010.[4] Southern Illinois christened its new stadium on September 2, 2010 with a game against Quincy.

Features[edit]

Seating includes 1,080 seat-back chairs as well as capacity for nearly 2,500 on the grass berm enclosing the north end zone. The two-story press box features 12 club suites, a 2,500-square-foot (230 m2) VIP Club Room, along with traditional booths for radio, television, coaches and the print media. A 20x40 foot scoreboard with video replay capabilities in the North end zone and expanded concessions and restrooms enhances the fan experience.

FieldTurf, a Tarkett Sports Company, installed its Duraspine PRO turf system and its patented sand and rubber infill at Saluki Stadium. The top of the line artificial turf is the same that has been installed at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, and numerous other high-profile collegiate institutions and pro football organizations.

Design[edit]

360 Architecture and Image Architects, Inc. designed Saluki Stadium and J. E. Dunn Construction Group/Holland Construction Services Joint Venture is the general contractor.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Holland, JE Dunn Start $83M SIU-C Athletic Complex". St. Louis Business Journal. February 2, 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "New Football Stadium and Sports Facilities Southern Illinois University". Henneman Engineering, Inc. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Samron Midwest Overcomes Cold, Wet Conditions to Drive New Football Stadium Over the Goal Line". Bobcat Company. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Saluki Stadium". Southern Illinois Athletics. June 28, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 

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