As part of its ongoing consultation and outreach activities, on July 6, Queen’s University held a public information session to update neighbours and community members on the construction of Richardson Stadium and plans for the official opening.
“I thank all of those who attended the information session, asked questions and shared their thoughts on the new stadium,” says Michael Fraser, Vice-Principal (University Relations). With the revitalized stadium set to open in September, I look forward to continued consultation and engagement with the community on Richardson Stadium and other Queen’s initiatives.”
At the information session, John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities), reported that construction of the new stadium is progressing well and is on schedule for the grand opening and inaugural football game, scheduled for September 17.
“The revitalization of the stadium has allowed for many design improvements to enhance the user experience. The stadium is fully accessible, has elevated seating with improved sightlines, and will included the latest field turf technology. Also included are new lighting and sound systems which will improve stadium operations and reduce the impact on Queen’s neighbours. This was one of our key focuses on this project,” says John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities).
The state-of-the-art sound system will focus amplified sound, by using distributed speakers around the stadium that each operate at a lower volume. In addition, the stadium’s bowl-shaped design will reduce overall sound levels. The university has followed the recommendations of the sound consultant engaged on the project.
The new lighting system uses shielded, higher lights that direct downward and focus on the field surface. This provides enhanced field level lighting and reduces light spillover outside the stadium. In addition, the new east parking lot lights are dark sky compliant, a state-of-the-art technology that minimizes light pollution and reduces light spillover from the parking lot.
The university also commissioned an arborist to help reduce the impact to existing trees and has increased the number of trees on site. The arborist’s report is available here.
With the elimination of the running track, the overall footprint of the stadium has shifted to the east and north. While the east side of the stadium is in the same position, the west side is roughly 40 feet further east, creating more space between the stadium and the western boundary of the property. The main entrance is now conveniently on the stadium’s east side.
“The new stadium will include a better experience and upgraded amenities for all those coming to the venue. Queen’s looks forward to special preview tours for our neighbours as construction nears completion and will also be sharing a final program for the stadium opening shortly” says Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Athletics and Recreation
The stadium offers integrated and varied seating options and improved sightlines, bringing the fans closer to the field action. An array of enhanced amenities includes a new box office, new washrooms, concessions, an upper concourse with access to both sides of the field, a new video board and sound system, modern stadium lighting, and paved parking with reserved access. For the press and media, the stadium is fully TV compatible with designated work stations and TV camera spaces within the new press box. Richardson Stadium is financed through the generosity of Stu Lang.