Hardy M. Graham Stadium Update
Plans for the upgraded Hardy Graham Stadium press box renovation project are currently underway and remain on schedule be completed before the 2016 Skyhawk football season.
UT Martin officials convened with University of Tennessee officials as well as representatives from a pair of construction companies to accept sealed bids in late September. Allen Searcy Builder Contractor, Inc. from Union City earned the low bid, which was well within the $6 million bid target.
Shortly after the Skyhawks wrapped up another winning season with a 7-4 overall record and 6-2 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play, the construction phase officially began. In early December 2015, cranes removed the former main press box – along with two smaller press boxes on each side – from atop the west end of the bleachers. The two smaller press boxes were then donated to the Wounded Warriors Foundation by Wilber Campbell Excavating, who was in charge of the demolition.
The new four-story press box structure is set to be one of the finest in the Football Championship Subdivision ranks. The bottom level will house a renovated visiting locker room, referee locker room, a concession stand and other game management space. It will also feature a lobby area and an elevator.
The second level will be used by the College of Agriculture and Applied Science and will also serve as an academic support area.
The club level is located on the third floor. On football game days, the luxurious area will offer a unique perspective of the game while in the climate-controlled space. This level also includes the Chancellor’s Box.
The fourth tier of the building is a state-of-the-art facility for media, coaching staffs and game management officials. The vast working media area will seat up to 25 members, which is more than double of what the former press box allowed.
The Skyhawks play their first two games on the road in 2016. UT Martin will host its home opener against Bacone College on Saturday, Sept. 17.