Bragg Stadium is receiving a makeover

Construction site layout. Photo courtesy Fame Info

Bragg Memorial Stadium is getting a makeover and with it comes new traffic patterns. Florida A&M University sent out an email to students about the changes to traffic starting March 1.

FAMUInfo sent out an email saying, “The COVID-19 testing site is currently located on the west side of the stadium and will remain open. However, traffic will need to enter from Wahnish Way to Okaloosa Street, utilizing the southwest gate.”

Tanya Tatum, director of FAMU Student Health Services released a statement in the email regarding the changes in parking.

“In spite of the major work that is planned to renovate Bragg Memorial Stadium, our professional staff and construction managers were able to come up with a parking plan that allows for limited parking for athletics behind the field house, the COVID-19 testing site on the north end, the COVID-19 vaccination site behind and just north of the Lawson Center and for ARMY ROTC behind their building,” said Tatum.

According to the email, traffic instructions are as followed:

  • Bob Hayes Lane is closed to all through traffic.
  • Covid-19 testing parking – WahnishWay (street)
  • Covid-19 Testing entrance – Okaloosa Street (south gate entrance) and follow the signs.
  • Covid-19 testing exit – Perry Street
  • Covid-19 Vaccine entrance

FAMU received $10 Million from Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency to start the renovations. The construction will be in two phases.

Due to the timing, right now, the east side of the stadium will be renovated first. They hope to have the renovation done before the start of the season opener.

Preshys Grant, a new transfer student is excited about the new renovations but has some concerns.

“I’m excited for the new changes but I wish that the money could go toward something like building new dorms or parking,” said Grant.

President Larry Robinson told the impact the stadium will have on the citizens of Tallahassee.

“The return on this investment will include positive economic outcomes for citizens on Tallahassee’s southside; excitement for persons who attend athletic events in the venue; and inspiration and pride for those who understand the cultural significance of all that occurs inside and around the stadium,” Robinson said.

The official FAMU athletics Twitter page tweeted out “Bragg Memorial Stadium renovations are officially underway. @kortneg wants to know are you “ALL-IN?””

Phase two will start at the end of the football season with the renovation of the underbelly of the stadium and a new press box.