Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Zable Stadium need to be renovated?

The stadium was built in 1935, and although over the years the College has added lights, a turf field and a video scoreboard, most of Zable is in need of modernization. As one of the country’s top institutions, William & Mary feels that such a prominent landmark on campus should reflect our status.

 


 

What will be some of the key features of the renovations?

We want to honor Zable Stadium’s past and traditions by preserving the look and feel, while reshaping the amenities and infrastructure to enhance the overall experience. The design includes a new upper deck, suites and a press box. The new stadium will also include improved safety and accessibility features like wider aisles, renovation of existing and addition of new restroom facilities, improved egress lighting, additional hand rails, an upgraded sound system, additional concession and retail locations, and a new entrance and ticketing location. The design features Flemish bond brickwork, slate roofs and gables, creating aesthetic continuity with the west and north ends of campus.

 


 

What is the construction timeline?

Preconstruction site preparation will begin this winter following the conclusion of the 2014 football season. We expect to break ground sometime in spring 2015. The goal is to have the new facility ready for the 2016 football season. You can follow progress on our gallery page.

 


 

What is the total cost of the project?

The total cost of the project is approximately $28 million. Nearly $24.5 million of the renovation has already been raised through the generosity of private donations. The remainder is currently being paid for through bonds with the debt service funded through private funds in Athletics. The university continues to actively raise private gifts to fully fund the remainder of the project.

 


 

How can I find out about opportunities to support the project?

Thank you! We could not do this renovation without you and we appreciate your support! You can click the Make an Impact link on this website for more information or contact Bobby Dwyer at the Tribe Club at 757.221.3364.

 


 

Will I be able to keep my current seats?

There will be no changes in the seating policy for either the 2014 or 2015 seasons. The renovation will require the implementation of a reseating plan for the 2016 season. By the spring of 2015, a reseating plan will be finalized and communicated by Tribe Athletics.

 


 

Why does Zable Stadium need to be reseated?

We need to ensure that we provide fair and equitable access to all seating opportunities for current members, as well as individuals seeking to support the program and acquire seats for the first time.

 


 

Will there be end zone seating?

Currently there are plans for end zone seating to be available. The extent of which will be determined as part of the reseating plan and will be communicated by Tribe Athletics when more details are known.

 


 

Where will the student seating be located?

We love having our student section at the backs of the visiting team! The student section will remain in the same area of the stadium.

 


 

Will there be different pricing and donor requirements?

Yes. These changes will be addressed in the reseating plan and communicated by Tribe Athletics as soon as we have more details.

 


 

How can I find out more about the suites?

Please contact Bobby Dwyer at the Tribe Club at 757.221.3364 or rtdwye@wm.edu.

 


 

What effect will there be on parking?

We will not be increasing or reducing the number of parking spaces, so there will be no net loss of parking spaces. (Thank goodness.)

 


 

What accommodations will be made for ADA accessibility?

We want to make sure all of our patrons have an enjoyable experience in the renovated stadium. All state and federal ADA standards will be met as part of the project.