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Media get exclusive sneak peek at Richardson Stadium ahead of grand opening.

  • View from the East Concourse of the West Grandstand.
    View from the East Concourse of the West Grandstand.
  • The view from the Northeast corner of the field. The Northeast concourse will feature a family zone, with activities for younger fans including face painting and other entertainment.
    The view from the Northeast corner of the field. The Northeast concourse will feature a family zone, with activities for younger fans including face painting and other entertainment.
  • Construction continues on East Grandstand Concourse. The Q-Shop (behind security grate) will offer Queen's merchandise for sale, while Gabriel's Pizza and Pita Pit offer refreshment options.
    Construction continues on East Grandstand Concourse. The Q-Shop (behind security grate) will offer Queen's merchandise for sale, while Gabriel's Pizza and Pita Pit offer refreshment options.
  • Box Office at the newly renovated Gate 2 on the East Side. All fans will enter on the East, in contrast to the previous iteration of the stadium.
    Box Office at the newly renovated Gate 2 on the East Side. All fans will enter on the East, in contrast to the previous iteration of the stadium.
  • View of the field of play from the South Grandstand, in front of the videoboard. Richardson Stadium will seat over 8,000 fans for football, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and other sporting and public events.
    View of the field of play from the South Grandstand, in front of the videoboard. Richardson Stadium will seat over 8,000 fans for football, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and other sporting and public events.
  • The Concourse at both corners at the south of the stadium have been widened to provide additional standing room, as well as space for entertainment and attractions.
    The Concourse at both corners at the south of the stadium have been widened to provide additional standing room, as well as space for entertainment and attractions.
  • The west building, formerly home to the washrooms, box office and locker rooms, has been completely renovated to provide new washrooms, concessions and water bottle filling stations.
    The west building, formerly home to the washrooms, box office and locker rooms, has been completely renovated to provide new washrooms, concessions and water bottle filling stations.
  • The view of the press box from the field. The grandstands have been moved closer to the field of play - bringing fans closer to the action on the field, and allowing the players to feel the crowd behind them.
    The view of the press box from the field. The grandstands have been moved closer to the field of play - bringing fans closer to the action on the field, and allowing the players to feel the crowd behind them.

As construction crews put the finishing touches on the revitalized Richardson Stadium, members of the media were offered an inside look at the new facility's amenities for fans and community members alike. Starting on the east concourse, attendees poured through the gates and were greeted by a breathtaking view of the new stadium. The concourse, which wraps around the entire stadium, will feature concession stands, entertainment and even a family zone - complete with face painters and other family-friendly entertainment - on the northeast side. 

Continuing down to field level, media were able to check out the state-of-the-art artificial turf. Aside from football, men's and women's soccer, field hockey and lacrosse will call Richardson Stadium home - with numerous community sports teams making use of the space as well. Representatives of Queen's Athletics and Recreation discussed the sound and light engineering of the new stadium, done to minimize disruptions to the community and the stadium's neighbours.

To conclude the tour, media were shown the new press box facilities. Considerably more spacious than the previous press box, the facilities offer improved audio/visual connections, high speed internet, improved sightlines and amenities for media.

Richardson Stadium will celebrate its grand opening on Sept 17, as the Gaels football team takes on the Western Mustangs. Plans for the revitalization were kicked off in March 2014 with the announcement of a $10 million pledge to the stadium project from Queen’s alumnus and former Gael Stu Lang and his wife Kim. That announcement was followed by news of a $5 million contribution from the Richardson Foundation. Other donors came forward to contribute to the project, bringing the total amount raised to more than $17 million, with the university contributing $3 million for infrastructure support.

The construction of the 8,500 seat stadium was a priority within Queen’s Initiative Campaign, which concluded this year in concert with the university's 175th anniversary celebrations. It is one of a number of efforts undertaken by Queen's to enhance its athletics and recreation facilities to promote the health and wellness of all students.