Alex G. Spanos Stadium will almost be completed by Oct. 21, the date of the Cal Poly football team’s homecoming game against South Dakota State, Cal Poly director of athletics Alison Cone said Wednesday.

“We’re likely to have all chair-back seating available,” Cone said.

California Boulevard will also be finished for homecoming.

The remaining seating will be finished Nov. 18 for Cal Poly’s regular-season finale against visiting Savannah State, Cone said.

Final touches have been delayed because of extensive rain this past winter. Crews are working extended hours to finish in time for the game.

Even with the delays, football games have already been played on Mustang Memorial Field. The west-side seating is still under construction. However, noticeable progress had been made between Cal Poly’s home football games Sept. 30 and Oct. 7.

Brand-new turf and stadium lighting is already finished, and the anticipated press boxes, box seating, media and coaches booths are still underway. Permanent seating will include spaces for 10,000 people when done.

As for the men’s and women’s soccer teams, they will not have a chance to set foot on the field until next year. There is still construction being done on the west side of the field. Instead of grass, there is a “decomposed granite surface,” Cone said.

The surface will be removed by next year and grass will take its place.

Alex and Faye Spanos donated $8 million to the stadium reconstruction efforts, the largest single gift in the history of Cal Poly athletics.

The total cost for the project was $21.5 million.

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