WSU Martin Stadium undergoes renovations

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Martin Stadium renovation plans.
PULLMAN, WA - Construction at Washington State University's Martin Stadium got started on Monday. The WSU Board of Regents recently approved the $80 million project that will update the south side of Martin Stadium.

"We're at the key point, right in the beginning of the inaugural year of the Pacific 12 conference, to be in a position to be competitive and to raise all of our folks as well across all sports, from olympic sports and so forth," said WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos.

Construction at Martin Stadium will add premium seating providing Cougar fans with a better game day experience, as well as the addition of a new press box.

The project will be privately funded through donations, premium seating revenue and increased revenue from the Pac-12 television contract, which goes into effect next school year. When fully occupied, the club seats, lounge boxes and luxury suites are expected to bring in more than $3 million annually.

"It's just simply making sure that we have the facilities that will attract athletes and make our program competitive," said WSU President Elson S. Floyd.

University officials said the goal is to have the press box and premium seating areas largely completed by the beginning of the 2012 season. The second phase of the Martin Stadium project is the construction of a football operations building behind the west end zone. WSU plans to assess the financial aspect of that project next summer.