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N.C. State unveils $39 million Vaughn Towers

Posted Thursday, September 15, 2005

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Chatham photographer’s images adorn suite walls

Raleigh, NC - It's certainly a big change from the much smaller facilities that served Riddick Stadium or the two-story press box that sat over the second deck of the west grandstands from the time Carter Stadium was opened in 1966 until it was torn down following the 2003 season.

The four-level Vaughn Towers provide 955 club seats in the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Club Seating and has 51 suites for corporate entertainment. There is also a chancellor's box, two boxes for home and visiting coaches, four radio and television booths and a press area that will seat up to 112 members of the media. The new towers boost the official seating capacity of Carter-Finley Stadium to 53,570.

The new facility includes its own 4,000 square foot kitchen, operated by University Dining, which provides catering services for the suites and club-seat holders. Also included in the building project are additional concession stands and new restrooms that will serve spectators in the west grandstands.

The suites are on the second and third levels of the building, while cherry-red club seats sit directly above where the original Carter-Finley stands end.

Many of these suites are adorned with a 30”x40” print of Chatham County photographer Gene Galin’s action-filled images of the Wolfpack football team. The architectural firm selected a dozen of Galin’s images and had eight high-quality prints made of each. One unique image was selected for placement in Coach Amato’s suite.

According to the Wolfpack Club, suite prices varied from $45,000 to $55,000 annually, while the club seats cost $1,750 each per season.

NCSU Senior Associate Athletics Director David Horning said the University explored renovating the old Carter-Finley press box but chose to build an entirely new structure instead.

In addition to the capital facilities bonds needed to cover the construction cost of the new press box and surrounding luxury suites, NC State donors have already spent $26 million building the Murphy Center Football Center that opened in 2003. A combined $12 million was spent on a jumbo scoreboard with a 24-by-32-foot video screen, south end-zone seating and Dail practice-field complex.

The next building project is an esti-mated $15 million enclosure of the north end zone that would add 5,458 seats to the stadium.

It is quite a facelift for a structure that cost $3.7 million to build 39 years ago.

All 51 of the new towers' suites have been leased, with 12 of them shared by two or more companies. The Wolfpack Club offered five- and 10-year leases, with the suites requiring annual payments of $45,000 or $55,000. Those prices do not include the minimum annual Wolfpack Club donation of $3,000.

Suite holders get 16 game tickets, four guest passes and a box featuring a wet bar, sofa, at least one television and cable and high-speed Internet connections.

N.C. State unveils $39 million Vaughn Towers

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