.... 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!
This past season they did bring in Baldy-Q to provide some BBQ off the south side of the stadium, and I personally think this was a fantastic move. Baldy-Q is freaking good, the best ribs I ate at the rib-off last year. I've eaten at pretty much all the local BBQ joints, and that (along with Deet's) is about as good as BBQ gets in NW Ohio. Major props to them for that. Sadly, I will admit I never partook in the eats...I'm so in the habit of never eating at the Doyt, I should have broken that habit to try and keep Baldy-Q there for future years, because that was a great idea.
That being said, I'm with you a billion percent on the food at BG games. This is one area where I've always felt we don't fully embrace what BG is. BG is filled with good, locally owned, eateries. How freaking awesome would it be to have a Mr. Spots stand at the Doyt or Stroh? How about Myle's pizza? Call So and have him set up gyros out there. BG has a long tradition of keeping big chain restaurants out and embracing local eats. So why in god's name are the choices at BG sporting events major chains like Papa John's pizza or generic catering crap from Gladieux or whoever runs the stands now? I really think this is something the university should have thought of with the Stroh and should think of if they ever build a new football stadium.
Metzger & I were talking about it the other day during the basketball game and a big problem with the athletic department is that they don't realize the industry that they're in. The fans that come to the games are the customers and they really should be bending over backwards to provide the best game day experience they can. Something is wrong when you can seem to get a more personal game day experience at the 115,000 seat Big House than what you do at the Doyt.
As for stadium designs I absolutely loved WMU's stadium. Obviously we don't have the natural terrain to build our stadium into a hill, but I would sure love to see an artificially created grassy hill in one of the endzones. Don't know why, just love being able to kick back on the grass to watch the game.