Davidson College Announces Plans for Future Facilities

Late last month, Davidson College Athletics announced plans for new facilities to further enhance experiences for scholar-athletes, members of the campus, and Wildcat fans. While still in the design phase, the goal is to complete all elements of the project within a total cost of $45 million. Initial leadership commitments totaling nearly $16 million have been raised to date.

Facility plans include a new stadium adjacent to the Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field that will serve as the home for Davidson’s football and lacrosse programs; a new fieldhouse, featuring a premier sports performance center equipped to serve all 21 Division I teams, along with an athletic training room, locker rooms for football, lacrosse and field hockey; and an enhanced track and field complex. The stadium will feature a new continuous seating concourse, a state-of-the-art video board, and improved fan amenities.

davidsonThe track currently located at Richardson Stadium will be renovated, allowing Davidson to host meets and events. It will include new locker rooms for the track and field and cross country teams, as well as create enhanced cardio fitness and wellness opportunities for the greater campus community.

Additionally, the current weight room cannot adequately and efficiently support more than 500 scholar-athletes. These needs plus interest from current donors and partners elevated the stadium, fieldhouse, and track complex as critical priorities necessary to meet and exceed aspirations for Davidson Athletics.

The new projects align with the college’s commitment to providing a first-class experience for scholar-athletes, with access extended to the entire student body, faculty, and staff.

Davidson has hired Odell Associates as the architectural firm. Depending on fundraising and design progress, construction could begin as early as Summer 2022 and is estimated to take two years to complete.

“Our collective investment in new and improved facilities demonstrates the role of Division I athletics in the footprint of this institution—we are committed to leadership, service, and impact academically, athletically and in the community. I am excited by what these enhancements will bring to the Davidson College community and look forward to taking this next transformational step with Davidson Athletics.”