Delware has constantly maintained that they want to remain 1AA but they are looking at upgrading their athletic facilities. There is no mention of stadium expansion.
NEWARK – The University of Delaware has hired HOK Sport, one of the world’s leading sports architectural firms, to study how UD can best improve its athletic facilities, athletic director Edgar Johnson said today.
Johnson, echoing UD president Patrick Harker, said that improved facilities for weight-training, academic enrichment, medical services and athletic training would be the first priority. Johnson did not know the financial details of the deal.
“They’re going to come in and meet with our staff and our coaches to talk about what our priorities are and how they can help us meet those priorities,” Johnson said.
He added that the best approach to updating 22,000-seat Delaware Stadium, UD’s 56-year-old football facility, will also be explored.
HOK has designed what it terms facility “master plans” for many colleges and universities, including Arizona State, Indiana and Washington. The company has been designing athletic facilities since 1982, including UD’s 5,000-seat basketball arena, the Carpenter Center, which opened in 1992.
Among its larger works have been numerous NFL and Major League Baseball stadiums, including Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and the stadiums under construction for both the Mets and Yankees. HOK has also worked on several NBA and NHL arenas and overseas projects such as Emirates Stadium in London, home of the Arsenal soccer club.