LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) – Renovations are in full force at the Cajundome as crews continue to give the 31-year-old building a makeover.
“They’re ahead of schedule by a couple of days right now, so we feel good about things,” said Phil Ashurst, Cajundome Operations Manager.
Outside the dome, crews have begun work to replace the roof.
“Cleaning the roof right now. After they clean it we’ll do some paint samples on the right color and then we’ll recoat the entire roof, that’s the dome itself and then the metal roof that has never been redone, so that’s about the main part of the project,” said Ashurst.
That’s just the beginning, inside Ashurst says they’re making progress, but there’s still alot of work to be done.
“There’s a whole new look in the south lobby,” said Ashurst. “We raised the ceilings up to give it a much more open feel, new lighting in the south lobby, we renovated the restrooms in the south lobby and on the westside, and at the ground floor the new concession stands are a huge new improvement.”
When you walk inside the actual dome area you’ll find newly gray painted walls, new retractable seats, new handrails, new LED lights, double the amount of concession stands, and not to mention all new seats with cup holders.
“The 31-year-old seats were just really failing poorly and very hard to operate, almost impossible to keep sitting upright,” said Ashurst.
Ashurst says the new ground floor seating ups the capacity to accomodate 1000 more people.
“We’ve added about 500 seats in the south end just in the first level to improve the sidelines for basketball games and concerts,” said Ashurst.
UL-Lafayette student, Robert Robinson, says he couldn’t be more excited for the newly remodeled dome.
“The hospitality should be way better then; everyone being served in a matter of time, and the cup holders, I’m used to holding a cup between my legs, now I can hold a cup on the side,” said Robinson.
Ashurst says renovations are expected to be completed December 1 when the Ragin’ Cajuns basketball team will take on Nichols State in the newly renovated dome.