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Cal Poly to break ground on stadium renovation; California Blvd. to remain closed for one year

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The old bleachers have been torn down, California Boulevard is blocked off, and Cal Poly is ready to begin construction on a $21.5 million remodel of its aging stadium.

At a ceremony on Sept. 10, university officials will officially launch construction on new seating on the west side of the stadium - the first phase of the project.

Cal Poly spokeswoman Susan McDonald said this phase should take a year to complete and will expand the section by 1,500 seats. California Boulevard, which runs past the stadium, will remain closed to through traffic during the course of construction.

When Maino Construction, who won the construction contract, finishes the seating, the Mustangs will switch their home side of the field the new west-side bleachers.

"Basically what they're doing is flipping everything," McDonald said. "They're turning everything around."

According to McDonald, the university does not have a date set when they'll begin Phase Two, which will include eight skybox suites 37 feet above the field, new restrooms, an expanded press room and radio and television booths, new field lighting, and early-California Mission style towers at each end of the concourses for elevators.

"They're also building a memorial walkway dedicated to victims of the plane crash," McDonald said, referring to the Oct. 29, 1960 crash that killed 16 players, the team's student manager, and a Cal Poly booster as they returned from a football game in Ohio.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. on the O'Neill Green, near the north end of the stadium.

-Abraham Hyatt

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