Metromont Materials Corp., Greenville, S.C., was recently selected to provide $31 million in precast concrete components for three major sports stadiums in the Southeast. The company is now in the process of planning and producing precast elements for the 85,000-seat Olympic Stadium in Atlanta; the 72,300-seat Carolina National Football League Panthers Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.; and the 73,000-seat National Football League Jaguars Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
Atlanta's Olympic Stadium will make its international debut during the Summer Olympic Games in 1996. In August of 1996, workers will begin a major reconfiguration of the 85,000-seat arena, converting it into a 50,000-seat baseball park. The reconfiguration will use some of the original precast members from the Olympic stadium, as well as new pieces.
Nearly 2,000 concrete double tees will be used in the Panthers Stadium, in addition to a full range of other precast pieces. More than 2,800 truckloads of precast components will be transported from the company's Greenville plant to the Charlotte stadium site.
Nearly 3,000 precast pieces will be installed during transformation of the former Gator Bowl to the new home of the Jacksonville Jaguars professional football team. The project began with the demolition and removal of the Gator Bowl's entire steel bowl, except for the upper seating deck on the stadium's west side. The company was awarded the contract in April and the opening game is scheduled for August 1995, giving Metromont less than a year to produce and erect about 3,000 precast pieces.