So...nobody wants to build a completely new stadium? WTH is Tech83? This thread needs an architect's input...
Thanks for the PM...... sorry guys I don't read the football forum too often and almost never in the off-season. Plus - I know Flipper and Hammb are here to keep everyone straight
The stadium is made of concrete and concrete does have a shelf live. We all know its crumbling slowing. It needs to be replaced.
However - I think the stadium location stays where it is and you start by blowing away one side at a time. We've invested too much in the Sebo, playing surface, parking lots, and the Stroh. The location of the highway is excellent. I would like to see an second (or expanded) highway exit north of town.
Benches would be fine. Seats would be great - but are not required on both sides. Marketing will tell us the proper size. Marketing will also tell if "luxury boxes" are a viable commodity. Can anyone here can pay $40K or more a year to have a box and pay for a service staff? The contracts are normally 5 years. Anyone here ready to shell out $200K just for the box..... food/beverages are typically extra..... anyone?
If we are going to have "boxes" think about selling them for individual games or for the Colleges to use for their development purposes. I'd be happy to spend $50 to $100 per person to attend a game knowing that 3/4 of the money went to the College of Technology. I could see someone like Flipper (and his company) using a box to bring clients on an annual basis.
Lets be real and not let's not talk about horseshoe designs. I don't have horseshoe or large house envy. Forget about multiple levels. Simply increase the pitch of the stands for an intimate experience. (see my comments below about Miami's east stands)
Stop using Nippert as an example. Cincinnati is a major metropolitan area and can support that size of facility. So - Think Akron and Miami. Let's be creative and unique for BGSU and other mid-majors.
I think there needs to be a major point of entry into the facility. The South end zone is perfect.
The focus needs to be on....... Amenities. Amenities. Amenities. Amenities.
I really like the east stands at Miami. They are close to the field. There is a large area where you can stand or sit at the rail and not affect traffic or the sight lines of people in the stands. This allows fans to get close to the team before and after the game. There is a large (large for the MAC) concourse under the east stands with multiple concession stands. I think there are a total of 8. This area is large enough to get out of the weather. Bathrooms need to be nice.... concession stands need to be plentiful and serve quality food. (I can get a Montgomery Inn BBQ Sandwich at Yager). Why can't I get Polleye's stuffed breadsticks or a Tony Paco's hot dog at Doyt? We are in farm country.... how about an angus hamburger!
The entire design needs to be focused on the experience. The seating is the easiest part. Seriously.... its a freaking chart in a standards book. Its the walk to and from the stadium. Its the ease of getting a hot dog and a Coke, being able to take the kids to the bathroom without standing outside the door for 10 minutes, its being able to walk around during the game (half-time) and interact with other fans and friends. A quality gift shop to grab a new T or cap. I need to be able to use my credit card at the concession stand without it being a major act of congress. (meaning a real point of sales system).
Just a few thoughts.
Locker Rooms.... I am assuming the locker rooms were upgraded with the Sebo, however they are still under the east stands (I think).... so we can expect to create new and better locker rooms and support spaces for the program.