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Brutus

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    This coming from someone who appears to have knowledge of the BoFo plans is eyebrow-raising.

     

    Is this concept under consideration for SEFCU renovations or am I reading to much into this post?

    Reading too much into it. This is an interesting concept developed by an A/E for arena seating that they feel will enhance the event day experience vs traditional seating.

  2. It did seem a little low .. only in relation to someone trying to throw a last second pass down the court. That's the only time I could think it may hit it, if they chuck it with an arch/rainbow throw.

    The unit was lowered for the presentation today. The top of the scoreboard will sit level with the bottom of the main roof structure making it roughly 25' above the court floor from the bottom of the assembly.

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    Hahah DP.

     

    Do we know if we are doing away with the corner screens or will those still be there + the scoreboard?

    I was wondering that also. Not sure if the folks on Millionaire's Row will be able to see the video screens up there.

    Looks all four sides of the scoreboard have a video screen.

    Is there a ribbon below? S eels like there is one of those round scrolling ribbons there.

     

     

    Someone I know who saw it in person said that's what it was ..like the scrolling round advertisement thing.

     

    There is a halo ring both at the top and bottom of the displays.

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    Just curious if anyone knows what the chairs on the Sefcu walkway (that surrounds the arena.) There were several yellow seats bolted to the floor in the walkway but I think they were taped off. I didn't think to take a picture of them.

    The walkway at the upper entrance was widened this year to comply with handicapped seating rules. The chairs I assume are for companions of wheelchaired fans.

     

    I especially like the seats directly behind the video screens, the most-obstructed view seats in any arena I've ever seen.

     

    They also taped off spots for the standing room fans.

     

    Your assumption is correct - there are now 24 wheelchair accessible spaces, and companion seating chairs. The mezzanine was extended to allow for the new seating, so as to not restrict the former mezzanine walkway. Unfortunately, the placement of the video board came after the fact.

  5. I did a small sample of big time program rules regarding prohibited items at stadiums. Seems to run the gamut from portable seatbacks OK as long as they are not too wide and have no arms (LSU) to

    no way (The Ohio State University). Ohio State pretty much allows nothing in the stadium other than a shoulder bag big enough to carry your wallet and some Tic Tacs. I suspect that UA (due to newly imposed

    security restrictions) may go to a small bag/clear bag policy. Let's hope they get the info out before Saturday to avoid another fan infuriating catastrophe.

    OSU made a major policy change this year due to security reasons and pretty much limits anyone taking in more than just a very small purse, unless you have something from a doctor or stuff for a small child. In past years I've routinely have taken in a padded seatback (no frame type) without a problem. Again, for OSU it's more a security and safety issue than anything else.

     

    Rules and regs for the Shoe were clearly posted and ticket holders are informed of the updates well in advance of the season so everyone will know what to expect for the entire season.

  6. A few thoughts.

     

    First, adding the second level to the press booth would seem a no brainer. The elevator already goes up that far and the infrastructure is built for it.

     

    Adding another level to the press booth is do-able, but may cost more than most people realize. Another level would require additional elevator modifications, build-up of both stair towers, moving HVAC equipment, possibly relocating the broadcast lighting system, etc. Also think about the timeframe required to do the construction.

  7. Had a great time last Saturday. Took the wife who went to URI, our little guy (now 15 months) and friends from RI. UA definitely dominated from the start, loved the special teams play after the first touchdown and love the new MC guy on the side line (so much better then that lady).

     

    Only negative I have is looking at the visitor side of the field. I might be in the minority that thinks this, but we are not going to see a consistent increase in attendance above 6000 till we build permanent stands, with bathrooms and concessions on the visitor side. We seem to have no problem selling out the home side 4000. The berm is also a tough ticket to sell because if the weather isn't good no one wants to stay there.

    The visitor bleacher system is not a snap together type of grandstand that was used in the first season of the stadium. It is a leg-truss support structure that has the advantage of a reduced foundation need - the system has each leg bolted to a steel reinforced concrete pier at the base. This is far superior to the original and is the most cost effective for a bleacher system of that capacity. To most, it could be considered "permanent".

  8. But not just from the lot...I think, similar to godanesgo's wife, many students skip games when it's -10 outside. I know I would. I've made the walk from the lecture center right after class to a game...one time in the rain. Even with an umbrella, it absolutely SUCKED. It's dark between the science library and the track and I stepped in a puddle I didn't see. Have a shuttle that stops at the dorms and one that stops at the lot to bring the driving fans. It's not hard to get 4-5 buses going every 5 minutes similar to how Brutus mentioned Ohio State was doing it. I think if they did this, they'd see 40-50 more students easy.

    Need to clarify that the bus shuttles from the park-and rides in Columbus were provided by COTA (like CDTA here) and not from OSU, as they saw it as a revenue generator for them on game day. I don't know if OSU shared in the sponsorship or profits. Plus we're talking about probably several thousands of people taking advantage of the service which includes both home and away spectators. Not quite the same around here, but it could be a start.

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    The real issue is not by providing more parking right next to the venue, but knowing how to transport people in and out quick and easy. When I first went to a game at Ohio Stadium, we stayed in a hotel that we could keep our car parked and walked maybe half mile tops. Now we stay in a hotel about 10 miles away in a business park area with hotels, shopping & restaurants. A park and ride lot is right next door and COTA provides bus shuttle services leaving the lot every 10 minutes three hours before the game and two hours after. Quick 20 min ride to a drop off at the stadium gates. Busses continually make the loop. Five bucks both ways.

    There's a need to partner with transportation services to make it easy to get to the game.

    Totally agree with this . I went to the college World Series for a week a couple of years ago . The first day I parked about a mile from the stadium for $10. Ever day after that I picked up a city bus just for college World Series $6 that literally picked me up across the street from my hotel and dropped me off by the park entrance by the right field foul poll. They had at least 4 maybe 6 different places they were running busses to the park . Obviously we are not as big, but little things can make a difference

    I think in the raac lot the second lane helped get out quicker , but it seems like they have issues getting people in . 1 game I saw a back up and went around to the fuller road entrance to get to Dutch quicker

    The original intent for the additional lane was to allow two lanes in prior to the game and then two out post game. Don't think athletics has used it that way yet. Traffic control is a huge part in making this successful. At OSU, once you get close to the stadium traffic lights are shutdown and traffic control personnel take over. Busses have priority routes. I bet if you look at a sports venue of any considerable size, there's a lot of planning going on prior to game day to get the fans in/out safely and quickly.
  10. The real issue is not by providing more parking right next to the venue, but knowing how to transport people in and out quick and easy. When I first went to a game at Ohio Stadium, we stayed in a hotel that we could keep our car parked and walked maybe half mile tops. Now we stay in a hotel about 10 miles away in a business park area with hotels, shopping & restaurants. A park and ride lot is right next door and COTA provides bus shuttle services leaving the lot every 10 minutes three hours before the game and two hours after. Quick 20 min ride to a drop off at the stadium gates. Busses continually make the loop. Five bucks both ways.

    There's a need to partner with transportation services to make it easy to get to the game.

  11. Looking at Binghamtons Event center parking I think I have a simple relatively inexpensive solution for basketball and football parking. Leave the tennis courts and basketball courts at Dutch QUAD. Convert the Dutch Quad parking lot to a softball stadium. Convert the current softball field and intramural field to a parking lot!! I KNOW THE INTRAMURAL FIELD IS NEW BUT IT IS ALSO CHEAP. WE NEED NEW FACILITY PLANNERS!!

    I respectfully disagree. It's easy to be an armchair architect or engineer, but there's a need to understand the logistics involved.

  12. I'm skeptical of tunnels to the PE building. It's relatively far from the podium and would have to be buried pretty deep to clear the track and field "bowl". The podium is just one massive structure and the tunnels aren't really tunnels at all- just the basement really. In terms of practicality it doesn't make any sense. Probably just mis-remembering things, D96..."Brian Williams style" LOL :P

    The only tunnel that links anywhere from the PE Bldg is a high-temp water line trench enclosure that goes back to one of the quads. Maybe there's a secret set of Ed Stone drawings out there I don't know about.

  13. So then why don't we use it?

     

    Maybe it's my personal preference but I like to see the American flag at the end zone.

     

    I understand that we are following protocol now with it as the left of the other flags, but I still think it should be flown more prominently.

    Original design intent for endzone flag poles was for the American flag and NYS flag.

  14. We either have to add another flagpole, or remove the league or NY State flag, because Elon joined CAA football this year, but they don't have a flag yet.

     

    Why don't we use the Flag poles at the ramp entrance?

    They interfere with the end zone camera on the lift at the top of the ramp. Seems like a minor design flaw.

    Not a design flaw. Center flagpole removed to allow for the camera lift.

  15. Looks about the same, but maybe sturdier framing underneath.

     

    As mentioned previously, the seating configuration is basically the same as last year. The structure is a leg-truss system of galvanized steel angles and beams with bolted connections. Trusses are bolted to concrete in ground piers 4ft deep. Seats and walkways are aluminum plank.

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