The stadium will be built between the Cage Center and U.S. 27.
The plan is for the berm to seat visitors, said Chris Kozelle Berry Director of News and Editorial Services, but Berry students will probably also be there because it lends itself for umbrellas and blankets. The end zones will be parallel to the highway.
The specific footprint for the stadium had to be adjusted approximately 50 yards to the south after a pair of bald eagles decided to nest in the same general area.
Berry is slated to begin football action in 2013 and may have to play some of its home games at an alternate location during the initial campaign. Berry Sports Information Director bob Lowe confirmed that the college would most likely play its first home games at Barron Stadium in the event Valhalla is not complete in time for the 2013 season.
Lowe said he has heard that actual construction would not get underway until the $5.5 million needed to build the stadium is in hand. “Berry is known for getting things done quickly. They don’t want to borrow from endowment money, everything has to be raised privately,” Lowe said. “I know they’ve been pretty active (in fundraising).”
Valhalla will include traditional stadium-style seating on only one side of the field and that structure, to include a press box, will actually host visitors seating. “It’s kind of unique what we’re doing,” Lowe said.