When the Huntsville Stars left the Rocket City for Biloxi in 2015, the future of their home stadium, Joe Davis Stadium, was called into question. The stadium, built in 1985, was state-of-the-art when it was opened, but nearly 40 years later, “The Joe” was in need of some changes.
Last week, the Huntsville City Council received an update on the renovation project for the stadium, a plan that includes transforming The Joe into a multi-use facility.
Progress on the project
City administrator John Hamilton said Thursday that the renovation project at Joe Davis Stadium has been in the demolition process for the last few months, but that the project is still progressing as scheduled.
The project is set for completion in the spring of 2023.
“Construction has started and is going well. The first part of that is demolishing the old parts that need to go away, and then they will really get back into putting back in over the next couple of months.”John Hamilton, city administrator
What’s in store for “The Joe”
Here are some of the highlights of the Joe Davis Stadium renovation project:
- Huntsville approved the $27.7-million contract with Lee Builders to renovate Joe Davis Stadium last year.
- The 14-month remodel will deliver a modern sports facility to accommodate high school football, lacrosse and soccer, plus city sports clinics and special events.
- Seating capacity will be reduced from 10,000 to 6,600 to allow for open terraces and better visibility for patrons.
- The city has plans to host a minor league soccer team at the new venue.
The venue itself will include:
- A new synthetic turf field
- LED Sports Lighting with Full Color Animation
- A new restroom & concession building with expanded food service options
- Renovated locker rooms
- Officials locker rooms
- Field-level boxes
- Terraced seating on the north side