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Shaw Drops Stadium Deal With Durham County

Posted February 4, 2008 1:26 p.m. EST
Updated February 4, 2008 10:21 p.m. EST

— Shaw University has dropped out of plans to assist with extensive renovations to Durham County Stadium.

Shaw moved its home football games to the 50-year-old facility last fall after Raleigh officials declined to build a stadium that Shaw and St. Augustine's College could share.

Shaw spent $90,000 cleaning up and painting the stadium last summer, and the university and Durham County officials were negotiating a 10-year deal to pump $6.4 million worth of upgrades into the facility, such as new field turf and an eight-lane track.

Shaw's Board of Trustees recently voted against the agreement with Durham County, however.

Durham County officials said Monday that the county would proceed with renovations on its own, but the scope of the project and the time line for completion would change. County staff members are working to execute a design contract for the stadium renovations to present to the county Board of Commissioners for approval.

Shaw has reserved the stadium for its 2008 football season.