The Lynchburg City Stadium was built in 1939 to provide combined football and baseball stadium facilities to the city.  The stadium complex is home both to the Lynchburg Hillcats, a class A minor league team, and to EC Glass and Heritage High School’s varsity football teams.  While a major renovation to the baseball stadium was completed in 2004, the football stadium has been left relatively untouched since its original completion.

Over the years the integrity of the original design has been compromised, with at least one building being demolished and others being used for unintended purposes. The stadium’s bleachers, stands, press boxes, associated buildings, entrances and exits, sound system, and parking areas were assessed for improvement and renovation. The City of Lynchburg was interested in solutions for bringing the stadium up to current standards while retaining the original charm and the architectural integrity of the stadium. To resolve these questions, the planning and design team set out to:

1) Conduct and facilitate meetings with city staff to review project goals, tasks, and schedules

2) Interview staff and analyze use of the facility to accommodate current and future programmatic uses.

3) Asses the physical condition and function of the facility.

4) Ensure success over time with a flexible and realistic phasing strategy for implementation.

5) Identify components of the project that need to be brought into compliance with current codes.

6) Identify environmentally friendly and sustainable design components

The Lynchburg City Stadium was built in 1939 to provide combined football and baseball stadium facilities to the city.  The stadium complex is home both to the Lynchburg Hillcats, a class A minor league team, and to EC Glass and Heritage High School’s varsity football teams.  While a major renovation to the baseball stadium was completed in 2004, the football stadium has been left relatively untouched since its original completion.

Over the years the integrity of the original design has been compromised, with at least one building being demolished and others being used for unintended purposes. The stadium’s bleachers, stands, press boxes, associated buildings, entrances and exits, sound system, and parking areas were assessed for improvement and renovation. The City of Lynchburg was interested in solutions for bringing the stadium up to current standards while retaining the original charm and the architectural integrity of the stadium. To resolve these questions, the planning and design team set out to:

1) Conduct and facilitate meetings with city staff to review project goals, tasks, and schedules

2) Interview staff and analyze use of the facility to accommodate current and future programmatic uses.

3) Asses the physical condition and function of the facility.

4) Ensure success over time with a flexible and realistic phasing strategy for implementation.

5) Identify components of the project that need to be brought into compliance with current codes.

6) Identify environmentally friendly and sustainable design components

Stadium Architecture and Design

Client: City of Lynchburg

Location: Lynchburg, VA

Discipline: Community Spaces

Completion: 2016

Size: 10 Acre Site