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If you have spent time with a kid age six or older in the past decade or so, you’ve probably heard them talk about Minecraft. The blocky, three-dimensional game created by Mojang Studios has captured the imagination of gamers all over the world since its release in 2011.
It might take having actually played the game, plus the memory of a visit or two to Razorback Stadium, to fully appreciate the creation that 17-year-old Greenwood resident Ben Bryan shared with the Flyer this week. Then again, it’s pretty dang impressive regardless of whether you’ve actually booted up the game for a “survival mode” or “creative mode” session yourself.
Bryan spent the last two years creating a full-scale model of Razorback Stadium inside Minecraft, complete with the field, lights, locker rooms, concourses, bathrooms, concession stands, suites, club seating and more.
He released a video showcasing the enormity of his creation on YouTube.
“The entire project was done by me alone on my PlayStation 4,” Bryan said. “No hacks, editing, or mods were used in this project, it was all done manually.”
A lover of architecture and design, Bryan said he was inspired to create the project after visiting the newly-renovated stadium during a game a few years ago.
“Once the 2018 renovations were completed, I absolutely fell in love with the design,” he said. “I had seen other people do stadiums on Minecraft, but no one had ever done Razorback Stadium.
“I decided that I knew the stadium well enough to not only design the exterior, but the interior as well, which has never been done before on this scale in Minecraft that I am aware of,” Bryan said.
Bryan said he studied photos and architectural plans and snuck into club areas during visits to the stadium to research details for the project.
“I have had season tickets my entire life, so I’ve been around the stadium more times than I can count,” he said. “I have a pretty good memory, but I also took lots of pictures during my walks around the stadium during halftime and the 3rd quarter. I used pictures from the internet as well, from contractor sites, touring sites, architecture sites, etc. I even went as far as to have the architecture firm give me the blueprints to the stadium.”
Bryan’s father Stuart said he has been impressed with Ben’s dedication to the project.
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