Griffiths Stadium at PotashCorp Park , Seating Expansion
With attendance on the rise, the Huskies football team was selling out many of their home games, which led to a call for more seats. Last summer, 1,174 new seats were added for the growing number of fans on game nights. This addition brought the total number of seats up to 6,000, making Griffiths Stadium at PotashCorp Park the third largest college football stadium in Canada (not including the teams that play in CFL stadiums).
The new seating includes 880 extra-wide premium stadium seats with cup holders and both back and arm rests. Coloured green or grey, the seats spell out “Huskies.” These are the first stadium seats in any football park in Saskatchewan. In addition to the premium seats, 294 bleacher seats were added to extend the student zone (Section 9).
The central portion of existing permanent seating on the west side of the stadium will have to be replaced, probably within five to ten years. Having the proposed additional seats will reduce the impact of losing the west structure during replacement.
A National Building Code requirement for additional washroom facilities will apply to the addition of the proposed seating. Based on the intense but periodic use of the stands, the City of Saskatoon agreed to allow use of temporary portable washroom facilities until the university determines its preferred permanent washroom solution. The Local Area Plan will explore solutions to this requirement that fit with the overall requirements.A final determination regarding the location of the washroom facilities will be done in conjunction with a thorough assessment of the Local Area Plan. As part of a future project, consideration will be given to the strategic development of a washroom complex located to enable its use by other activities occurring within the Griffith Stadium area including use by students and the public using the athletic and recreational playing fields.