A 10,000 Seat Stadium for UNA?
The University of North Alabama is now one of five colleges in this state that are classified as Division I AA. Most of the school's athletic facilites are being upgraded, and a new stadium is planned. It's been suggested that our local university needs a more intimate venue with seating limited to 10,000 or, at the most, 12,000. Is this practical?
The university currently plays home football games in Braly Stadium which has a capacity of just over 14K. How about the other four state university stadiums in this division?
Alabama A&M - Seats 21,000
Alabama State - Seats 26,500
Jacksonville State - Seats 24,000
Samford - Seats 7,000
With the exception of Samford, a university located in this state but not part of the state system, the other Division I AA universities seat twice the proposed capacity of UNA's new facility. Is this really thinking ahead?