Bray Architects assisted Rettler Corporation with a master plan for upgrades to Lawrence University’s Banta Bowl. The Banta Bowl, which is nestled into a natural ravine near the Fox River, has been home to Lawrence’s football since 1965.
To allow for more use, the stadium’s newly named Ron Roberts Field was widened and the natural grass was replaced with turf. As a result, the stadium is now able to house Lawrence’s soccer teams in addition to its football team, as well as be utilized by the community, youth sports, and semi-professional athletic teams. The stadium also received upgrades to its seating with the reconstruction of the grandstands which now offers over 3,600 seats for fans.
Building improvements included the demolition of existing support buildings to make way for the new Gilboy Athletic Center housing football locker rooms, an officials’ room, ticketing, concessions, restrooms, and facility storage. A new entry plaza and special events space, media booth with box seating, and facility planning for a new ice arena were also part of this project.
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