ISU releases plans for stadium expansion

By 2015, Iowa State plans to have the third-largest football stadium in the Big 12.

On Monday, the school released detailed renderings of its aggressive $60 million project to bowl-in the south end of Jack Trice Stadium with permanent upper and deck seating.

If the regents give approval next month, expansion will begin to increase the stadium’s capacity to roughly 61,000 –- up 6,000 from the current capacity. That would make Jack Trice the third-largest stadium in the Big 12 behind Texas and Oklahoma.

Iowa State officials said the expansion would be completed before the 2015 season.

“This project has multiple benefits for the institution, the athletic department and the football program,” athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement.

The south end zone project will also feature a two-story club section, a concourse connecting the east and west sides of the stadium and an additional HD video board mirroring the north side.

The uptick in attendance during the Paul Rhoads era suggests the Cyclones will be able to fill the additional 6,000 seats. Even as Iowa State suffered through a 3-9 season last year, the Cyclones set a single-season average attendance record of 55,361. That was also the fifth-best average attendance in the Big 12.

Below are the sketches of the proposed plan: