The exceptionally mild winter has allowed Richardson Stadium construction crews to work continuously throughout the winter months.
Revitalization of the stadium, which began in July 2015, is scheduled to be completed prior to the first Queen’s Gaels home football game, versus the Western Mustangs.
To ensure the safety of pedestrians, the construction area surrounding the stadium has been blocked off (click here to view highlighted area). Please note that Stadium Lane is part of the construction zone and not accessible to the public.
“The new stadium will include a better experience and upgraded amenities for all those coming to the venue,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Queen's University Athletics & Recreation. “A new venue with vastly enhanced amenities will improve the spectator and user experience, and will help attract prominent sports events and championships. It also assists with the recruitment of top performing student-athletes, further increasing the competitiveness of our teams and increasing attendance.”
For spectators, the stadium is fully accessible, with integrated and varied seating options, improved sightlines bringing fans closer to the field action and a convenient east side main entrance. An array of enhanced amenities are available including: a new box office, new washrooms, concessions located on east and west side, an upper concourse with access to both sides of the field, new video board and sound system, modern stadium lighting, paved parking with reserved access and several VIP boxes.
Athletics & Recreation recently announced that Richardson Stadium will be converted to artificial turf as part of the stadium’s revitalization. Student-athletes will play on Revolution 360, FieldTurf’s latest innovative product and the industry’s most durable fibre. Richardson will also have improved field and precinct lighting, upgraded home and visiting locker rooms and enhanced athlete-support facilities.
For the press and media, the stadium is fully TV compatible and includes a modern press box with designated work stations and TV camera spaces.
Queen’s Gaels football season tickets are now available online. Single game tickets will go on sale beginning Aug. 1. Queen’s University will celebrate the official opening on Sept. 17. A full schedule of opening weekend activities will be released this summer.
Visit gogaelsgo.com/Richardson for more information.