Why was a new stadium needed?
Richardson stadium was more than 40 years old, and in a state of deterioration. Sections of bleachers at the stadium failed an engineer’s inspection in 2013 and were condemned. Without the revitalization project, the condition of the stadium would continue to worsen and the university would be responsible for significant repairs to the existing structure.
When will the construction of the new stadium be complete?
The university will be opening the stadium for the 2016 football season. Construction began at the end of the 2015 football season, to minimize the impact on the utilization of the facility.
Will the stadium be just for football?
The new stadium facility will be used by several sports, including football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey.
Where did the money for the stadium come from?
Most of the stadium’s $20.27 million cost will be funded through philanthropy. Queen’s is very thankful to the donors who are supporting this project, including Stu and Kim Lang, as well as the Richardson Family Foundation. The university will contribute roughly $3 million of the cost, mainly to fund necessary infrastructure improvements at the site. Without the revitalization project, the university would have had to commit significant resources to repairs to the existing structure. The stadium is just one priority of the larger $500-million Initiative Campaign, that has supported many priorities across campus, such as: academics, libraries, and student assistance.
Were consultations be held on the design of the stadium?
Queen’s is committed to engaging with stakeholders on a number of aspects of the project as it moves forward. Members of the Queen’s and Kingston communities had opportunities to submit feedback through this website and public meetings.
On Feb. 26, the university hosted a meeting for West Campus neighbours to discuss the stadium revitalization.
On March 2, the university hosted a meeting for the AMS Assembly to discuss the revitalization plans. All students were welcomed to attend.
The university hosted an open public meeting on the revitalization project in March.
What about the concerns around noise at West Campus?
The university has worked extensively with local residents and city officials to address concerns regarding noise at Miklas-McCarney Field. A noise consultant hired by the university produced a noise impact assessment that included several recommendations for noise reduction at the field; the university has pledged to implement all of those recommendations. That consultant will also produce a sound study for the stadium revitalization project. The university has continued to meet with local residents to discuss various aspects of the stadium project, including sound.
What is the pavilion and when will it be built?
Pending additional fundraising, the pavilion will be built at the north end of the stadium and will complete the bowl design. The pavilion would include locker rooms and training facilities, and allow for the installation of additional permanent seating.