The revitalization of Richardson Stadium is not just the building of a new stadium; it’s the building of a strong varsity sports program, and the building of a strong, leading university overall. Queen’s is committed to engaging with the Queen’s and Kingston communities as the revitalization process moves forward. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions on the stadium project.

Construction Update

Construction of Richardson Stadium began in July 2015 and is scheduled to be completed by September 2016, prior to the first game of the season. The exceptionally mild winter has allowed construction crews to work continuously throughout the winter months.

To ensure the safety of those passing the construction area, the area surrounding the stadium  (click here to view highlighted area) is a construction zone, for your safety please avoid this area. Please note that Stadium Lane is a construction zone and not accessible to the public.

Ground breaking kicks off construction on revitalized Richardson Stadium

On December 5, Queen’s University hosted a ground breaking ceremony to officially mark the start of construction on the revitalized Richardson Stadium. Alumni, students and community members gathered to celebrate a new chapter in the history of Richardson Stadium and of Queen’s athletics.

“We are incredibly grateful to our generous benefactors for making the dream of a revitalized Richardson Stadium a reality,” says Alan Harrison, Queen’s University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “Without this kind of leadership and philanthropic support, this project would not be possible.”

The revitalization project began with a lead gift of $10 million from Queen’s alumni Stu Lang, Sc’74, and Kim Lang, Artsci’76. The Richardson Foundation contributed an additional $5 million donation towards the project, with total donations exceeding $17 million. The university will invest an additional $3 million for infrastructure support of the stadium, bringing the total funding to $20.27 million.

“My wife and I met and spent four wonderful years at Queen’s. I personally experienced life-changing opportunities both on and off the field,” says Stu Lang. “The revitalization is about far more than just a new stadium. It is a key step in building a stronger varsity sports program for Queen’s and providing a better connection to the university. I’m proud to support this transformative initiative.”

Scheduled to open in time for the 2016 Gaels football season, the new Richardson Stadium will be amongst the top facilities of its kind in Ontario – with an artificial turf field, U-shaped seating arrangement, a state-of-the-art scoreboard and improved broadcast and webcast capability.

“I know our entire team is looking forward to taking the field next year in our new home,” says Curtis Carmichael, wide receiver for the Queen’s Gaels football team and recipient of the 2015 Russ Jackson Award. “The new Richardson Stadium will be a major point of pride for Queen’s, current and future Gaels and the Kingston community.”

During the fall the Gaels community was asked to provide feedback on three potential end zone designs for the revitalized Richardson Stadium. With over 5,000 votes cast, design B featuring a blue end-zone with Queen’s in gold and tricolour swooshes on either side emerged as the clear fan favorite.

The Richardson Stadium revitalization project is a priority within Queen’s $500-million Initiative Campaign. It is the next step in the university’s efforts to enhance its athletics and recreation facilities to promote the health and wellness of all students. Other recent projects include the Athletics and Recreation Centre and the redevelopment of Tindall, Nixon, and Miklas-McCarney fields. For more information on the Richardson Stadium revitalization project, please visit the website.

Stadium Groundbreaking Ceremony December 5

The Richardson Stadium revitalization project is moving along well. Demolition of the old stadium is underway, with construction that began this fall and will continue through the winter and spring. The new stadium is scheduled for completion in August 2016, in time for the 2016 football season. Work will continue through the winter as weather permits, including work to renovate the west building. The majority of work on the project will take place between 7 am and 6 pm, Monday to Friday. Over the next several weeks excavation and drilling for supports and foundations for the stadium will occur.

Richardson Stadium is a historically significant sports venue for Queen’s, Kingston, and Canada. The third Richardson Stadium will be an important competitive sports venue and recreational facility for Queen’s and the broader community. Please join us to commemorate this important milestone for our community at a groundbreaking ceremony on December 5.

Demolition work begins at stadium site

In accordance with the planned construction schedule for the stadium revitalization, demolition work is underway on the east side of Richardson Stadium. Due to this, the east side of the stadium will be closed for Saturday’s playoff football game against the Carleton Ravens. Queen’s students are invited to purchase tickets for seats on the west side of the stadium, in the Gaels club, or in the south end zone.

Construction of the new stadium is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2016 athletics season.

To purchase your tickets, visit www.gogaelsgo.com/tickets.

New renderings of revitalized stadium

At an open house on Oct. 23, the university unveiled new renderings depicting the plans for the revitalized Richardson Stadium.

Infrastructure and demolition work at the stadium site are underway, with construction expected to begin at the end of  the 2015 football season and be completed by the start of the 2016 athletic season.

An architect's rendering of the revitalized Richardson Stadium, slated to open in fall 2016.

An architect’s rendering of the revitalized Richardson Stadium, slated to open in fall 2016.

An architect's rendering of the revitalized Richardson Stadium, slated to open in fall 2016.

An architect’s rendering of the revitalized Richardson Stadium, slated to open in fall 2016.

An architect's rendering of the revitalized Richardson Stadium, slated to open in fall 2016.

An architect’s rendering of the revitalized Richardson Stadium, slated to open in fall 2016.

The revitalization of Richardson Stadium is not just the building of a new stadium; it is the building of a strong varsity sports program for Queen’s, and of a strong university overall. The project is a priority within Queen’s $500-million Initiative Campaign.

Richardson Stadium open house

Queen’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public are invited to attend an open house to showcase updated plans for the revitalization of Richardson Stadium.

The event will feature new images and video depicting the revitalized stadium. Representatives from Queen’s Athletics and Recreation will also be on hand to answer questions about the stadium design and discuss their exciting plans for the 2016 athletic season.

The open house will take place Friday, October 23 from 3 to 5 pm at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. All are welcome to attend.

Construction of the new stadium is expected to be completed by the start of the 2016 athletic season.

The revitalization of Richardson Stadium is not just the building of a new stadium; it is the building of a strong varsity sports program for Queen’s, and of a strong university overall. The project is a priority within Queen’s $500-million Initiative Campaign.

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Video update on the Richardson Stadium revitalization project

John Witjes, Queen’s associate vice-principal (facilities) recently spoke to Station 14 about the Richardson Stadium revitalization project and progress on preliminary infrastructure work currently underway.

The revitalization of Richardson Stadium is not just the building of a new stadium; it is the building of a strong varsity sports program for Queen’s, and of a strong university overall. The project is a priority within Queen’s $500-million Initiative Campaign.

Construction of the new stadium is expected to be completed by the start of the 2016 athletic season.

Infrastructure work begins at stadium site

Throughout July and August, infrastructure work will take place at the stadium site. This will help prepare the site for construction of the revitalized stadium, which is slated to begin immediately following the Gaels’ 2015 athletic season.

The infrastructure work will include:

  • Asphalt removal
  • Excavation for new site services
  • Tree and shrub removal where needed (as identified in the project’s site plan submission, along with details about tree renewal)
  • Installation of new water and sewer lines, including new underground utility access points
  • Installation of new electrical services and a telecommunications duct bank

The revitalization of Richardson Stadium is not just the building of a new stadium; it is the building of a strong varsity sports program for Queen’s, and of a strong university overall. The project is a priority within Queen’s $500-million Initiative Campaign.

Construction of the new stadium is expected to be completed by the start of the 2016 athletic season.

Stadium namesake inducted into local sports hall of fame

Nearly 100 years after his death on a First World War battlefield, George Taylor Richardson has been recognized by his hometown for his athletic accomplishments.

Richardson is one of the greats of Queen’s University’s sporting history, first as a top talent in the early days of hockey, and then as a star football player. Richardson Stadium is named in his memory.

On May 1, Richardson was inducted into the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in a life cut short by war.

Born and raised in Kingston, Richardson belonged to perhaps the most prominent family in the history of Queen’s University – his brother James Armstrong Richardson served as chancellor of Queen’s and his sister Agnes Richardson Etherington was a mainstay of life at the university and donated her house, now known as the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. James Richardson’s daughter, Agnes Benidickson (BA’41, LLD’79), served as the second chancellor in the family from 1980 to 1996 while other Richardsons have served on the Board of Trustees, and the family has made considerable donations to Queen’s libraries and lectureships.

George Taylor Richardson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s in 1906.

Read more in the Queen’s Gazette.

Construction timeline update

While the majority of stadium construction remains slated to begin at the conclusion of the 2015 football season, initial infrastructure work at the stadium site is now expected to begin this summer. The preparatory work will allow for more flexibility in the construction schedule.

The work will consist of work on the site infrastructure located to the east and south ends of the existing stadium. This will include excavating, laying piping, and drainage work to prepare for the main work to begin at the end of the football season.

The revitalization of Richardson Stadium is not just the building of a new stadium; it is the building of a strong varsity sports program for Queen’s, and of a strong university overall. The project is a priority within Queen’s $500-million Initiative Campaign.

Construction of the new stadium is expected to be completed by the start of the 2016 football season.