UR bringing football on campus in green stadium

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Print this page Amelia Vogler

The University of Richmond is preparing to return football on campus in a “green” stadium.

UR officials offered a media personnel tour of its new 8,700-seat Robins Stadium project Friday morning, which will return football to the university’s campus for the first time since the university adopted City Stadium more than 80 years ago. City Stadium is located four miles off campus.

“Robins Stadium was designed and built using the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating standards with a goal of earning their Silver Rating,” University Architect Andrew McBride said.

The stadium features no irrigation system and a reduction of water usage by 30 percent, optimizing energy performance over baseline by 14 percent and at least 20 percent of all materials used in the constructer were extracted, processed and manufactured within 500 miles of the building site. A full list of the implementations on the Robins Stadium project can be found on the website,

Stadium construction began in December 2008 and has since bulldozed its way to be on-schedule and under budget, Andrew McBride, university architect said.

Miller said the athletic department had raised $20 million for the stadium and the university had contributed an additional $5 million.

First-year football coach, Latrell Scott, said Robins stadium will help with recruitment.

“When we recruited before, we kind of hid City Stadium because facilities are an important part of recruiting,” Scott said. “Now we are proud to show off our great facilities.”

The stadium, E. Claiborne Robins Stadium, is named in honor of the decades of generous support that the Robins Family and the Robins Foundation have provided to the university, including athletics and the new stadium project.

E. Claiborne Robins Jr. said in a statement, “He (E. Claiborne Robins) would have been a huge supporter for bringing Spider football back home, so it is a fitting tribute and very meaningful to our family to have the University of Richmond stadium bears his name.”

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