|By Allen Lessels, The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
UNH has played its football games in
School and athletics department officials stressed the facility will be utilized for a variety of events.
The school had previously announced a project that is scheduled to begin this spring and add lights around the football field and renovate seating in what is now the home side of the field behind the
The goal is to have the new facility ready for the 2015 season. It will seat more than 10,000 and is being referred to as the
"A new venue will allows us to host more state regional and national competitions like
"These initial steps are exciting not only for our students but for the greater Durham community and the state," UNH president
A UNH release announcing the facility said it will not move forward until the school raises
UNH officials reviewed plans for the facility with the finance committee of the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees on Thursday in
Plans call for the new stadium to have improved seating, state-of-the-art broadcast and WiFi capacity, concessions, rest rooms and a student section.
"To me, it's something that has been in discussion for a bunch of years and it keeps getting closer and closer all the time," said UNH football coach
McDonnell wrapped up his 15th year as UNH's head coach in December with one of the school's best football seasons. The Wildcats qualified for the FCS national tournament for the 10th straight season -- which is the longest streak in the nation -- and advanced to the tournament semifinals for the first time.
They lost at
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