Kent State will not hold a football game at Dix Stadium until Saturday, Sept. 13 against Delaware State. The season opener against Boston College will be played at Cleveland Browns Stadium Aug. 30. That gives the construction crew working on the stadium renovations ample time to finish their project.
The second phase of the Dix Stadium renovations is expected to be finished by Mid-August and is estimated to cost around $4 million dollars.
The bleachers on the south end of the stadium will be gone, replaced by a new state-of-the art scoreboard, sound system, concessions and a plaza area. The scoreboard, pictured below, should be the real gem of the renovations.
Dix Stadium will be one of the first collegiate facilities, and first in the Mid-American Conference, to use a Daktronics HD-X technology scoreboard. The 36 feeet wide by 20 feet high scoreboard features light emitting diodes that deliver a high definition display that can be one giant picture or broken into windows of information.
Sixty-foot tall ProAd LED displays will flank the screen on both sides giving game stats and information.
A new ticket booth (below) is also being constructed on the west end of the stadium that serves as a new entryway. It will also include new concession stands. Phase II will be capped off by a new fence with brick pillars around the stadium.
The first phase of renovations was completed last September when improvements were made on the north stands. The east and West stands were given new entryways and a canopied roof was added to the press box. Phase I cost around $2 million dollars.