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Possible renovation of Mackay Stadium up for vote by Regents

Mackay Stadium, which opened in 1967 and has not been renovated since 1996, looks to this proposed renovation project to modernize the Wolf Pack's home stadium.

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The Nevada Wolf Pack's home field, Mackay Stadium, may undergo a $11.5 million renovation project if the renovation proposal is approved by the Nevada Board of Regents. If the proposal is approved, the renovation would be completed in time for the start of the 2016 season and could be the first major renovation of the stadium since 1996 and create more revenue for the cash -depleted Wolf Pack.

If the stadium renovation is approved, it would add 8,500 square foot, state-of-the-art-club level to the west side of the stadium which would add 192 seats with a top level kitchen and restroom that could be rented out on non-game days also, 30 four-seat "loge boxes" that would give Wolf Pack fans access to the club level.

Also, 4,062 permanent chair backs would replace the bleachers and widening isles, installing handrails and adding ADA seating and ramps to go along with more permanent restrooms and removing about 4,000 seats that would decrease the stadium capacity to 26,000 are some of the proposed improvements to be made to the stadium.

The project would be funded by a bond that would be paid back by future revenue that the enhanced seating would create. No pubic funds will be used and the Nevada athletic department has received donations to pay off the bond of over $1 million.

The last renovation of Mackay Stadium came in 1996 when skyboxes were added to the west side of the stadium and the press box was expanded. This proposed renovation looks to upgrade the Wolf Pack stadium facilities, which lag behind the rest of their Mountain West counterparts.

The Nevada Board of Regents will vote on the proposed renovation of Mackey Stadium during their meetings on December 4th and 5th.