Jerry Richardson Stadium at UNC Charlotte9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223
Design Achievement - When the University of North Carolina at Charlotte decided to start a new football program the rare opportunity to plan and design a new home stadium was given to the design team of DLR Group and Jenkins Peer. The design team carefully analyzed numerous site opportunities, orientation options and phasing strategies while focusing on how to create a dynamic game day experience that would quickly develop into new traditions for players and fans alike. The design of Jerry Richardson Stadium delivers a full complement of player and spectator amenities found at the best stadiums around the country, while nestled in the heart of campus and effectively blending in with the existing traditional architectural style seen throughout.
Scope Summary - Jerry Richardson Stadium, which successfully celebrated its first season in 2013, currently has 15,300 seats, all located in a horseshoe-shaped lower seating bowl on concrete treads and risers. The facility masterplan includes a phased approach to expand seating to 25,000 and ultimately 40,000 seats. The design uses a synthetic turf playing field in the stadium and includes two natural turf practice fields. A 46,150 SF fieldhouse in one end zone provides a 6,950 SF hospitality deck overlooking the field. The fieldhouse also holds the football locker rooms, offices, meeting rooms, academic center, a tiered team meeting room/classroom, player lounge, and more than 11,000 SF of training area. On game days, a 6,636 SF press box provides space for media, broadcast teams, coaches, and private suites for both university and visiting team dignitaries. DLR Group provided architecture and interior design services.