LYNCHBURG, VA—Branch & Associates of Roanoke, Va., broke ground in January on the first phase of a $22-million renovation project at Williams Football Stadium at Liberty University. The project, which is the first major expansion to the stadium since it was constructed in 1989, will increase seating from its current capacity of 12,000 to 30,000 over the next five years. The first phase increases seating to the west side of the stadium by 5,000 and includes a new 34,000-sq-ft press box.

The target completion date for phase one is scheduled for September 4, 2010, however, the firm is scheduled to make the stadium available for use for May 2010 graduation ceremonies. Future plans call for increasing capacity to 60,000.