No, they should be done by this weekend.
I know it is probably just an optical illusion, but damn, that goal post looks way crooked in those last two pictures...
Yes its crooked. And do you really think UNM would start the season off with a crooked FG post?
University Stadium, a.k.a Branch Field, has got to have some of the widest sidelines of ALL football stadiums in the nation! I mean, they look to be at least 20-yards wide. Kinda of takes away the whole home-field advantage.
intimate... intimidate...immediate...postulate...populate...wh atever.
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Last edited by Lobolouie1; 08-09-2012 at 10:17 PM.
The turf looks great and improves the overall feel of the stadium a lot more than I anticipated. Great job UNM!
Now we just need straght goal posts.
While I like the new turf, I truly wish that they would have been able to lower the field and bring the east and west stands closer to the playing surface. I realize that this is an additional expense but in the long run it is cheaper than constructing a new pavilion/press area (which is needed - see Boise State/Utah) and would get the stadium above 45,000. This was done at LaVell Edwards back in the 80's and both stadiums were very similar in layout. The Pit is done, the baseball stadium is on it's way, the softball diamond is done, soccer and track facility is in good shape - it's time to bite the bullet, have some vision, and have the athletic department put together a long term plan for this facility - I know it was done several years ago, but I'm not sure if the old plan is still relevant. If it is - get it out in front of the public, the corporations, the donors, and say, you want football to be successful? This is what we need and this is how we're going to do it. The field is a start but it seems piece-meal and simply trying to put another band-aid on a facility that is over 50 years old.
I truly hope the football team can be successful again. And they were, so there is proof that it can be done and that fans will come. If the approach by the athletic department is to be piece-meal with this facility then the next thing that needs to be addressed is traffic flow in the stadium as well as concessions and restroom upgrades for the south side of the facility. When the stadium gets big crowds bottlenecks form on the northeast and northwest corners and traffic in the mid-concourse on both sides grinds to a halt. Part of this is due to the way the stadium was constructed and part of it is due to the fact that most of the parking, hence the people coming into the stadium all radiate from those two directions. The athletic department has made some strides in that area, but it was really too bad when they redid that area around the Tow Diehm that they didn't consider utilizing that area for tailgating or fan activities - I realize football probably doesn't want this, but there's a large grassy practice area south of the stadium that for the most part goes unused on game days - have fan activities there - better yet, do like they do at Oregon and have a FanFest inside the indoor practice facility (at UO they have food, the band comes in and plays, games for the kids - and if UO can do it in their sparkling facility I can't see why UNM can't use their facility). As I noted, the other thing that needs to be done is to upgrade the concession/restroom/entrance facilities on the south sides of the stadium (taking into account future expansion, or future plans). These facilities are essentially unchanged since they were built in 1960 and are truly woeful and inadequate. It is obvious, whether we like it or not, that football runs the collegiate athletic world and if UNM wishes to remain relevant in football than upgrades and money will need to be poured into University Stadium. With that in mind I feel that the athletic department needs to come up with a long-range plan for the stadium, make it widely available for viewing and discussion and begin an aggressive capital campaign (that assumes no help from the legislature - that of course would be welcome, but it can't be the only way to fund this venture). The donation by Mr. and Mrs. Branch is a wonderful start and now this needs to be the springboard for bigger and better things. I will be cheering on the Lobos this year and wish them success on the field. Go Lobos!
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Reminds me of Ohio States field.
I WISH they would have sunk the field in order to make a more intimate setting for the fans. Perhaps a renovation might include moving stadium seating closer to the field (right after they demolish the god awful press facilities on the west side). Before any of this happens, we need to start winning some games. However, wouldnt it be great to have two venues that were sunk about 40 ft?
As for the ideal design, in my humble opinion, I would like to see something like CenturyLink Field in Seattle (obviously on a smaller scale). That place is designed to be loud and hostile!
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