Louisiana Tech VP and Director of Athletics Eric Wood announced plans for a multi-phase project that will encompass the north endzone at Joe Aillet Stadium and include a student-athlete success center, two new video scoreboards, a new ribbon board, and the Sarah and A.L. Williams Champions Plaza.
“This $15 million project will totally change the aesthetics of the north endzone area of Joe Aillet Stadium while also providing our student-athletes a beautiful state-of-the-art student-athlete success center,” Wood said. “It’s just one part of our overall athletics village master plan that will transform and elevate our programs over the next five to 10 years.”
The project will be funded through philanthropic measures. Wood said fundraising for the project has begun and naming right opportunities will be available.
Wood said the project would begin during the offseason with the addition of a Daktronics 10-millimeter LED ribbon board along the facade of the Davison Athletics Complex (DAC) in the south end of Joe Aillet Stadium. Installed and operational by the start of the 2022 football season, it will serve as a secondary scoreboard while increasing revenue and branding opportunities throughout the game.
The second phase of the project is the construction of the Sarah and A.L. Williams Champions Plaza adjacent to Stadium Drive that will be the entry way into the new student-athlete success center. Named in honor of former Louisiana Tech student-athlete and football coach A.L. Williams and his wife Sarah, the plaza will include recognition of the most highly-decorated student-athletes and teams in the University’s history. It is set to be completed by Fall 2023.
“This phase of the project will allow our University to prepare for a strong future in intercollegiate athletics,” said Les Guice, Louisiana Tech president. “In particular, it will enhance the academic experience for our student-athletes and help ensure future successes in their careers and communities.”
A pair of new Daktronics video scoreboards will be installed by Fall 2024, one on the northwest corner and one on the northeast corner of the endzone. The new boards will measure 30-feet tall by 49-feet-6-inches wide (will be about five feet larger in each direction than the existing video scoreboard at the Stadium).
The final phase of the project will be the construction of a new student-athlete success center. The two-story facility will house the academic arm of Louisiana Tech’s Athletics Department. Plans are for the first floor to be designed to be a multi-functional space for personal-growth and career-development programming. It will also include a food-prep station and a large open multi-purpose area. The second floor will hold office space and state-of-the-art study environments including a computer lab.
The facility will include 14,300-square feet of conditioned space and an additional 8,000-square feet of non-conditioned usable space that includes first- and second-floor balconies, food-service locations and restrooms.
Plans are also in place for areas of the facility to be utilized on home football game days as an area for former student-athletes to gather and socialize before games. It will also serve as an opportunity for additional revenue generation with premium game-day space.
For more information on naming right opportunities, contact Associate AD for Championship Resources Colton Primm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philanthropic support has enabled Louisiana Tech to invest in excess of $100 million in new and renovated athletic facilities over the past 10 years, including construction of the Davison Athletics Complex, the Joe Aillet Stadium Press Box and Suites, JC Love Field at Pat Patterson Park, Dr. Billy Bundrick Softball Field, Robert Mack Caruthers Soccer Field and the Origin Bank Soccer and Softball Complex plus numerous other improvements.
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