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    Quote Originally Posted by ULGrad@HOU View Post
    Well, it's also for lost seating from tearing down the upper deck.
    You mean all those empty seats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ULGrad@HOU View Post
    Summary of what I heard on the interview.
    Phase 1, tear down the west side, put up a tower for the press box, suites and offices for the Athletic department thus enabling the tear down of Cox.
    Complete the NW corner to make it symmetrical.
    North end zone, construct a tunnel for 18 wheelers thus giving the ability to have concerts. Also replace the scoreboard and sound system.
    East side, some cosmetic changes to give a different look.

    Later phases to repair East side utilities, and structural capability to be able to add capacity to that side if needed.

    Timing: still waiting for cost estimates of 3 proposals before deciding on one and an announcement.
    This all sounds good to me. Well, the plans at least. Anxious to see the estimates/timing.

    Thanks for sharing....I have not had a chance to listen to the interivew yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaCajunsFan View Post
    This all sounds good to me. Well, the plans at least. Anxious to see the estimates/timing.

    Thanks for sharing....I have not had a chance to listen to the interivew yet.
    Also recall hearing Dr Maggard mention keeping seating close to 40K. Not a real need now, but I get the idea of keeping seating close to what we have today.

    Rough math. Current seating is 36,900. Upper deck capacity is around 8,000 (NOT confirmed). So we are down to about 28,900 when upper deck comes down. Adding a section to NW Endzone puts around 1,000-1,500 new seats; keeping us around 30,000 seats, plus what we gain in the new press/suite construction.
    That should be plenty for the next several years. 🧐
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgv6260 View Post
    You mean all those empty seats?
    Not all

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunJeaux View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks adding to the NW seats for symmetrical reasons is a huge waste?....it's not like we're on prime time national television every week with overhead cameras showing the stadium....
    We need to do this right. Bowling the stadium is the right thing to do. Staying around 40,000 is also right. We want to make the cut for the next realignment and this is important. We aren't building based on the past 3 years but for the future. I don't want to end up with something like Tulane or W. KY. This will keep us up with AAC schools rather than CUSA and SBC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonCajun View Post
    We need to do this right. Bowling the stadium is the right thing to do. Staying around 40,000 is also right. We want to make the cut for the next realignment and this is important. We aren't building based on the past 3 years but for the future. I don't want to end up with something like Tulane or W. KY. This will keep us up with AAC schools rather than CUSA and SBC.
    That would be great, however from looking at the numbers thrown out, we have a beer (Old Milwaukie Light) budget and not a wine (Opus 1) budget. Maybe with success over the next year or two, we can at least move from beer to wine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunVic View Post
    That would be great, however from looking at the numbers thrown out, we have a beer (Old Milwaukie Light) budget and not a wine (Opus 1) budget. Maybe with success over the next year or two, we can at least move from beer to wine.
    If I understood correctly, this is what Maggart is going to do and is awaiting bids. I think it is the smart thing to do unless you have no confidence in Napier. I think Napier will turn this around to much higher than HUD was in his first couple of years and our fan base will exceed prior levels. That is what Maggart is banking on. Building a smaller facility doesn't send much of a message to our fan base. Again, build for higher expectations in winning and a growing fan base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonCajun View Post
    If I understood correctly, this is what Maggart is going to do and is awaiting bids. I think it is the smart thing to do unless you have no confidence in Napier. I think Napier will turn this around to much higher than HUD was in his first couple of years and our fan base will exceed prior levels. That is what Maggart is banking on. Building a smaller facility doesn't send much of a message to our fan base. Again, build for higher expectations in winning and a growing fan base.
    No upper deck is imperative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shof View Post
    Also recall hearing Dr Maggard mention keeping seating close to 40K. Not a real need now, but I get the idea of keeping seating close to what we have today.

    Rough math. Current seating is 36,900. Upper deck capacity is around 8,000 (NOT confirmed). So we are down to about 28,900 when upper deck comes down. Adding a section to NW Endzone puts around 1,000-1,500 new seats; keeping us around 30,000 seats, plus what we gain in the new press/suite construction.
    That should be plenty for the next several years. 🧐
    That's the plan unless they change it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunT View Post
    That's the plan unless they change it.
    This sounds like what I heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonCajun View Post
    If I understood correctly, this is what Maggart is going to do and is awaiting bids. I think it is the smart thing to do unless you have no confidence in Napier. I think Napier will turn this around to much higher than HUD was in his first couple of years and our fan base will exceed prior levels. That is what Maggart is banking on. Building a smaller facility doesn't send much of a message to our fan base. Again, build for higher expectations in winning and a growing fan base.
    Attendance is decreasing all over the country. We don't need a 40,000 seat Cajun Field. All that would do is guarantee that we play in a half empty (or worse) stadium in 90% of our home games. The only exceptions will be if we play a P5 team at home, or when we play Southern, McNeese, USM, Houston, or LaTech at home. Every other home game will average of 20K-24K if we're winning, 12K-15K if we're losing.

    We don't need to kid ourselves about our future needs. We're struggling with attendance just like most AAC teams are these days. Very, very few G5 programs need 40,000 seat stadiums. The wave of the future is smaller, but very nice stadiums with lots of creature comforts. Now is not the time for us to take on a lot of debt to build a monument of a stadium that'll rarely be needed, if it ever is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oiler View Post
    Attendance is decreasing all over the country. We don't need a 40,000 seat Cajun Field. All that would do is guarantee that we play in a half empty (or worse) stadium in 90% of our home games. The only exceptions will be if we play a P5 team at home, or when we play Southern, McNeese, USM, Houston, or LaTech at home. Every other home game will average of 20K-24K if we're winning, 12K-15K if we're losing.

    We don't need to kid ourselves about our future needs. We're struggling with attendance just like most AAC teams are these days. Very, very few G5 programs need 40,000 seat stadiums. The wave of the future is smaller, but very nice stadiums with lots of creature comforts. Now is not the time for us to take on a lot of debt to build a monument of a stadium that'll rarely be needed, if it ever is.
    Amen. You said it all. Just give us a comfortable 25-30k seat stadium. You want tikets to be a hot commodity, not something you can't give away.

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    The mystique of The Swamp will go through the roof when it is all underground.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Localyokel View Post
    Amen. You said it all. Just give us a comfortable 25-30k seat stadium. You want tikets to be a hot commodity, not something you can't give away.
    The stadium will be somewhere between 30 to 35 thousand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Localyokel View Post
    Amen. You said it all. Just give us a comfortable 25-30k seat stadium. You want tikets to be a hot commodity, not something you can't give away.
    You about said it ALL right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by basinbear View Post
    The stadium will be somewhere between 30 to 35 thousand
    Perfect.

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    From Wikipedia:
    Stadium Capacity-

    38,016- Marshall
    36,900- Louisiana
    36,387- Boise
    36,800- Nevada
    36,000- So. Miss
    35,117- Washington St.
    34,000- Navy
    32,480- Wyoming
    32,000- SMU
    31,500- Wake Forest


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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckster View Post
    From Wikipedia:
    Stadium Capacity-

    38,016- Marshall
    36,900- Louisiana
    36,387- Boise
    36,800- Nevada
    36,000- So. Miss
    35,117- Washington St.
    34,000- Navy
    32,480- Wyoming
    32,000- SMU
    31,500- Wake Forest
    That's plenty of capacity for every one of these schools. A crowd of 20K in most of these stadiums will look respectable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oiler View Post
    That's plenty of capacity for every one of these schools. A crowd of 20K in most of these stadiums will look respectable.
    25k in a 35k stadium looks pretty full because people spread out....


    As has been said many times here....bowl the stadium, tear down the upper deck, build a pressbox/suite/office complex and call it good around 36K

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieK View Post
    25k in a 35k stadium looks pretty full because people spread out....


    As has been said many times here....bowl the stadium, tear down the upper deck, build a pressbox/suite/office complex and call it good around 36K
    That is the perfect stadium for us. And In the East side of the stadium and NEZ, continue the look of the concession and bathroom that is in the SEZ so it wraps around to give it a more symmetrical look. Then, as the Cox Building is demolished, build a Square in its place that includes a smaller version of the FDL fountain that is in the Quadrangle on campus, tying the athletic and academic campuses together and giving the whole athletic complex a finished look.

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