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Old April 12th, 2007, 02:08 AM   #101
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anybody got new pictures of Stanfords new stadium
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Old April 12th, 2007, 02:58 AM   #102
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Old April 14th, 2007, 02:13 AM   #103
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but seriously, why there's no roof on most of them. i'm not even talking from the perspective of aesthetics, i've heard that college games generate a good atmosphere, certainly better than nfl, so the roof could improve it further and make the ground moody if you know what i mean. do they consider something like an advantage of home support when they build them stadiums or it's not that important in america?
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They just don't want them. Leave them to it or we'll have another bout of transatlantic "you just don't get it" exchanges.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 03:08 AM   #105
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but seriously, why there's no roof on most of them. i'm not even talking from the perspective of aesthetics, i've heard that college games generate a good atmosphere, certainly better than nfl, so the roof could improve it further and make the ground moody if you know what i mean. do they consider something like an advantage of home support when they build them stadiums or it's not that important in america?
Home support, crowd noise, atmosphere etc. etc. are regarded as extremely important. In some cases the stomping and screaming of the fans are registered by nearby labs as earthquakes. This can have a huge effect on opposing teams by intimidating and distracting them.

I don't see how adding a covering would change that fact, or somehow make people scream and stomp more...

One thing that really adds to a college football game in America for the fans is the elemental factor. If it's raining, stadiums will still sell out, and the fans will watch in the rain - just as the players will play in the rain. It's a very unifying experience that just has to be experienced to be believed.

I'm not saying "you don't get it" or whatever... I'm just saying it's different, and we like it that way.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 05:27 AM   #107
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In some cases the stomping and screaming of the fans are registered by nearby labs as earthquakes.
Anybody remember which year where Baton Rouge registered an earthquake? All I know is it was an Auburn-LSU game.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 06:10 AM   #108
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One thing that really adds to a college football game in America for the fans is the elemental factor. If it's raining, stadiums will still sell out, and the fans will watch in the rain - just as the players will play in the rain. It's a very unifying experience that just has to be experienced to be believed.

I'm not saying "you don't get it" or whatever... I'm just saying it's different, and we like it that way.
I remember in 2000 when Alabama played Auburn at Bryant-Denny, it was sleeting during the game, in which Auburn unfortunately won 9-0. Even in the sleet however, there were still over 83000 in a sold out stadium, and everyone was out in the sleet watching. Even with the bad result, it was still one of my more memorable experiences.

The weather also adds a little bit of a strategic effect for the teams involved.
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Old April 14th, 2007, 06:41 PM   #109
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Home support, crowd noise, atmosphere etc. etc. are regarded as extremely important. In some cases the stomping and screaming of the fans are registered by nearby labs as earthquakes. This can have a huge effect on opposing teams by intimidating and distracting them.

I don't see how adding a covering would change that fact, or somehow make people scream and stomp more...
adding a roof improves acoustics by not letting the soundwaves escape the stadium.

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One thing that really adds to a college football game in America for the fans is the elemental factor. If it's raining, stadiums will still sell out, and the fans will watch in the rain - just as the players will play in the rain. It's a very unifying experience that just has to be experienced to be believed.

I'm not saying "you don't get it" or whatever... I'm just saying it's different, and we like it that way.
i never really considered something like that, yeah i guess the unification is a good reason, it's just that i like when the ground is dark, you know when floodlights are on, you don't see the back rows when standing on the pitch, it creates an impression that stand extends to infinity, even more so if it's raining or there s a fog
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Old June 12th, 2008, 07:22 PM   #110
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Amazing stadiums.So many of them too.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 11:23 AM   #111
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Some of my favorites that I didn't see represented:

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, N.C.
Kenan Stadium - 60,000

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University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
Scott Stadium - 61,500


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Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA
Bobby Dodd Stadium - 55,000 (oldest Division I football stadium)

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Wake Forest University - Winston-Salem, N.C.
BB&T Field - 32,000 (one of the smallest in NCAA Division I)


http://wakeforestsports.cstv.com/fac...ke-groves.html

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N.C. State University - Raleigh, N.C.
Carter-Finley Stadium - 60,000


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Old June 13th, 2008, 11:27 AM   #112
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Some of my favorites that I didn't see represented:

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, N.C.
Kenan Stadium - 60,000

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University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
Scott Stadium - 61,500


http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewAr...ATCLID=1134404

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA
Bobby Dodd Stadium - 55,000 (oldest Division I football stadium)

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattand...n/photostream/

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Wake Forest University - Winston-Salem, N.C.
BB&T Field - 32,000 (one of the smallest in NCAA Division I)


http://wakeforestsports.cstv.com/fac...ke-groves.html

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N.C. State University - Raleigh, N.C.
Carter-Finley Stadium - 60,000


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:C...ey_Stadium.jpg

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i sense an ACC fan
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Old June 13th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #113
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Well...a North Carolina native too. My favorites aren't the largest capacity stadiums, but a couple of them are beautiful, no?

Kenan and BB&T in particular are often noted to be among the most picturesque college stadiums in the nation.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 07:43 PM   #114
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Well...a North Carolina native too. My favorites aren't the largest capacity stadiums, but a couple of them are beautiful, no?

Kenan and BB&T in particular are often noted to be among the most picturesque college stadiums in the nation.
beautiful?? well i guess thats why you left out wallace wade stadium haha
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Old June 14th, 2008, 03:26 PM   #115
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Bobby Dodd isn't nearly the oldest DI stadium though, Harvard's stadium dates back to 1903.
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Bobby Dodd isn't nearly the oldest DI stadium though, Harvard's stadium dates back to 1903.
Hes probably talking about D1-A schools, of which Georgia Tech is a member, as opposed to D1-AA, which Harvard is a member.
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Old June 15th, 2008, 09:44 AM   #117
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True, true. Wake Forest's expansion/renovation turned out nice by the way. I still remember that blast-video when the old pressbox was gone in like 5 seconds
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Old June 16th, 2008, 08:49 PM   #118
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Bobby Dodd isn't nearly the oldest DI stadium though, Harvard's stadium dates back to 1903.
My bad...the oldest Division I-A stadium, built in 1913 and expanded multiple times. If you've ever seen a game there it's age is obvious...
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Old June 16th, 2008, 11:03 PM   #119
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^ ^ ^ Re: Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field.

My web name shows where my allegiance lies, obviously, but as an architecture grad from that great school I'm so sad to see how they've butchered the facility since 1987. The renovations have been based on cost savings (read: cheap) and lack of land, since the campus is in the heart of Atlanta. Compounding the issues, however, is that the subsequent products erected on the site haven't maximized space (IMO), made future expansion all the more difficult, and essentially killed the atmosphere.

The last renovation raised capacity from 48k to 55k, but since the bulk of the cost included a renovation of the old east stand (seats behind columns, no plumbing), the new north stands (behind the end zone) had to be done on the cheap. This prohibited any graceful coordination with the historic west stand or a renovation of the Edge building, and resulted in the grotesque monstrosity seen here. Those upper seats are so far from the other end zone it's truly sad.



Apparently they couldn't physically connect to the historic west stands or else federal law would've also required very expensive upgrades for compliance with disability accommodations. Apparently the powers that be couldn't at least try to visually match those stands, however, and create the appearance of a graceful bowl. The running joke has since been that GT went from playing in a glorified high school stadium to just the ugliest stadium in D1 football.
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I'm not going to be that much of an ACC homer as Weimie but I do feel that Scott, Kenan (The Pines!) and Groves (BB&T) stadiums are among the most picturesque going. Not only are the facilities themselves very nice, but the surrounding area and overall campus grounds are quite beautiful. Games at Wake Forest are a pleasant treat, IMO.

NCSU's additions to Cater-Finley are also very good, but they need to fix up the concession area behind the other long stands. Bathrooms are not so nice there.
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