TUSCALOOSA, Alabama –A new Starbucks and $2.5 million worth of digital signage in Bryant-Denny Stadium are on their way to campus after the University of Alabama Board of Trustees approved construction and finance proposals Friday.
The Board approved the purchase of an equipment package consisting of digital signage and a point of sale system for stadium concession stands, including 154 55-inch televisions and 92 42-inch televisions.
The board reviewed mock-up renderings of the signage, which includes back-to-back suspended monitors, concession stand monitors and triple suspended monitors.
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The $2.5 million — $2.2 million for signage and $300,000 for concession stand equipment — will come from the Intercollegiate Athletics Crimson Tide Foundation. It is unclear when the signage is expected to be installed.
The Corner Store, a beloved UA landmark, was demolished in June 2013. A new retail location housing a Starbucks and SupeStore is expected to be built in its place. (c/o The Corner Store Facebook)
Another new feature is expected to be installed just steps away from the stadium — the board approved a proposed $5.2 million retail facility on Bryant Drive in the vicinity of the former beloved Corner Store.
The Corner Store was demolished last June due to severe maintenance issues, according to a UA spokeswoman.
The store, established in 1946, was a student staple for decades, operating for 24 hours a day and within walking distance from most major dorms. It also drew large crowds on football game days, as fans picked up snacks or beer within sight of Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The new retail center is expected to house a Starbucks and a SupeStore, relocated from nearby Tutwiler Hall.
The Starbucks is also expected to have a drive-thru feature, which drew some concern from trustees considering the proposal yesterday.
Due to the location’s proximity to Sorority Row and Tutwiler Hall, the area is frequented by pedestrians and traffic can often become congested.
However, since the project is just in Stage I, trustees were assured the university would take the time to add proper parking and make roadway changes as necessary.