Stadium View remodel coming along
By Ben Rodgers
ASHWAUBENON – Stadium View Sports Bar & Banquet Hall will have a new look this summer as crews are currently hard at work transforming the Ashwaubenon staple.
“One of the things with it that’s very important to us is to do it right, not push it,” said Bob Watson, Stadium View president. “I think it’s going to be something that’s unlike anything in the area, ever.”
On the outside, the business will have updated architecture influenced by Lambeau Field. Inside, the only thing that will remain is the shape of the bar.
That includes new bathrooms, new flooring, a new ceiling and 32 65-inch TV screens allowing every seat in the bar a view of at least six screens.
“The one thing that is going to be staying the same is our bar frame, but it’s going to have a new top and new face,” Watson said.
Last year Stadium View celebrated its 25th anniversary under the ownership of the Watson family. Things were different in the Stadium District when they took over as owners, because there was nothing there for sports fans, just Stadium View.
“We’re really working to get back to our sports bar roots,” Watson said. “Once sports are done for the night we can open the dance floors and be ready for anything else.”
The other goal for the Watsons was to keep the bar open for business during the renovation.
The project started on May 21 and Watson hopes to have to have it completed by July 22.
Currently crews are working on the facade until July 1. At that time crews will move into the main bar area as food and drink operations will move to the back bar, along with the outside bar.
“Our biggest thought throughout this entire thing is we didn’t want to shut down,” Watson said. “We wanted to keep people coming to Stadium View and keep jobs for our employees. They’re able to pay their bills and we’re able to keep people employed.”
Watson said one of the things he hears most from customers is that the bar feels like home.
“It’s going to be such a drastic change, but one of the things is we wanted to keep that feeling for so many people, that it’s home,” he said. “… I want to make sure it has that feel for people, but being a family run business I think that’s pretty easy.”
When the $750,000 project is complete, customers can expect the same service and menu that has kept the bar in business for the past 25 years.
“It’s still going to have the same feel, it’s just going to be very well updated and very well polished,” Watson said.
Watson said fans who watch Packers and Badgers games in the bar next season can expect a few new surprises as well.
“It’s going to change everything,” he said of the renovation. “I know we have incredible service and incredible staff. Our weakest link is we are a little outdated and that’s going to change dramatically.”
Watson said this isn’t the only change coming to Stadium View. He said this is the first stage and more changes will be coming in the future.
“It was time. We had crossed a path a couple of years ago when we did the banquet remodel,” Watson said. “… We decided we needed to tackle the banquet hall first and we would do the bar after that.”
To stay up to date on the project or to see what Stadium View has in store for the summer, visit them on Facebook.