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Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium

Capacity: 21,944 | Opened: 2019 | Size: 228,813 sqft.

Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium, formerly Foreman Field, is a 21,944-seat multi-purpose stadium on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

The newly renovated Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium at Old Dominion University opened August 31, 2019 to host the Monarchs’ first football game of the 2019 season, a 24-21 win over crosstown foe, Norfolk State. In collaboration with local architect Moseley and general contractor S.B. Ballard Construction, the Populous-designed stadium sets a new standard for mid-major universities’ football facilities. The $67.5 million venue seats 21,944 with the ability to be expanded to fit 30,000 fans.

After conducting a feasibility study in 2016, it was clear that elevated fan amenities were a priority. The west and east stands were demolished to make way for new seating that emphasizes comfort. Not only do the new seats provide fans with much-requested additional legroom, but the stands are also 10 feet closer to the field to provide better sight lines and a better and more engaged gameday atmosphere.

The new stands give fans more room and brings them closer to the action, creating a more intimate environment. Premium suites and the Priority Automotive Club were added, which is used as a multi-purpose event space beyond game day.

In addition to new stands, renovations included a 20,000 square-feet of open-deck social space, new entries and a front door to the stadium. An arched entrance gate on the east side faces the existing Williamsburg lawn and provide a location to honor Old Dominion legends. A new student entry, along with a dedicated student concession space and pregame activity, and a new west entry gate with a pregame plaza is centered below the new press box and provide space for students to gather and socialize.

The newly renovated stadium will give the football team a sense of identity as they continue to lay the foundation for their program. While incorporating modern amenities, S.B. Ballard Stadium honors the rich history of this storied venue by retaining the original arches and incorporating the previous brick pattern into the design of the exterior. Renovations were completed in a single offseason in order to be complete in time for the 2019 season.