Counting down to Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium’s opening night

Foreman Field, with its clamshell-like seating, was considered the finest stadium in Virginia when it opened on Oct. 3, 1936. The Monarchs played their final football game in the stadium on Nov. 17, 2018, a 77-14 victory over Virginia Military Institute. Two days later, subcontractors began a $67.5 million renovation that will culminate on Aug. 31, when ODU plays Norfolk State at the new Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Chuck Thomas)
Foreman Field, with its clamshell-like seating, was considered the finest stadium in Virginia when it opened on Oct. 3, 1936. The Monarchs played their final football game in the stadium on Nov. 17, 2018, a 77-14 victory over Virginia Military Institute. Two days later, subcontractors began a $67.5 million renovation that will culminate on Aug. 31, when ODU plays Norfolk State at the new Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Chuck Thomas)

NORFOLK — After years of planning, crunching numbers, a $10 million private fundraising effort and an intense nine months of construction, Old Dominion University will open the renovated Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium when the Monarchs host Norfolk State at 7 p.m. Aug. 31.

The clam-shell like stands of old Foreman Field were demolished and replaced with two levels of modern seating. The stadium’s $67.5 million makeover will give fans, students and alumni 16,000 new seats with back support and more leg room. There will also be new concession stands, restrooms and a new video board, in addition to three ribbon boards.

The stadium’s west side, which is topped by a new press box, is 94 feet tall. That’s nearly twice as high as Foreman Field.

This is the first of four weeks of graphics, stories, photographs and maps that we will run leading up to the stadium opening.

The first package includes a timeline of events, from the opening of Foreman Field in 1936 to reconstruction of the stadium, a photo gallery beginning with the last game at Foreman Field until the end of July and maps of the stadium that show where fan amenities, gates and ticket sections are located.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.