An architect’s rendering of what the revitalized stadium could look like, c/o Queen's University
Sport Systems Canada Inc. is pleased to announce they have been awarded the Richardson Stadium Grandstands contract by Queen’s University.
Richardson Stadium is a historically significant sports venue for Queen’s, Kingston, and Canada. The stadium played host to national and regional games as well as a Roosevelt speech. The third edition Richardson Stadium will be an important competitive sports venue and recreational facility for Queen’s and the broader local and regional community.
Demolition at the site began in late October, at which time a number of architectural designs were released to the public displaying the future of Richardson Stadium.
“As part of this large revitalization project, we will design, fabricate and install the new grandstands that will house approximately 8,500 spectators. One of the main goals of this project is to drastically improve sightlines and provide seating that is closer to the field of play. To achieve this goal, we are designing an elevated first row of seating consistent with current stadium design, allowing spectators an unobstructed view, as well as moving the entire seating bowl closer to the field to enhance the spectator experience,” said Jeff Hurrle, Vice President & General Manager, Sport Systems Canada Inc.
In addition, the bleacher system will incorporate VIP seating sections complete with folding stadium chairs, and specific seating sections featuring both bench seating and seating with complete backrests. A rear concourse will surround the perimeter of the stadium bowl, which will allow unobstructed viewing decks located in the corners of the stadium and to all accessible seating areas as well as more interaction between fans, alumni and students. The entire grandstand will be customized featuring the university’s tri-colour, enhancing the pride students, faculty, staff and alumni have.
“We would like to thank everyone involved in the project including the generous donors, Queen’s University, M. Sullivan & Son Ltd., Shoalts & Zaback Architects Ltd. and McIntosh Perry Structural Engineers Ltd,” ended Jeff Hurrle.
The project is slated to be completed by the start of the 2016 Gaels season. For construction updates please visit www.gogaelsgo.com/richardson (or direct to the page on Queensu.ca).