I noticed--long before the ongoing renovations came to pass--that, on the east-sided stadium bowl rim, roughly 6-10 rows were removed sometime in the stadium's history along onstensibly 120 yards of that sideline. As some fans may have failed to notice this, I will provide a gaggle of photos for clarification.
I imagine those sufficiently helped me communicate my point.
Moving on: This "notch" in the stadium's bowl always struck me as peculiar. Firstly, it wasn't always this way. Exhibit G:
Moreover, the new east structure finds itself conveniently engineered to complementarily fit into this "notch". Exhibits H, I:
As for my query, I'm looking for the who, what, when, and why about this odd structural idiosyncrasy.
-Was there a structural/functional reason necessitating this "notch"?
-Was the "notch" created because, like I assumed earlier, ~120yards of bleachers were removed from the east side's upper rim? Or--instead--is this the result of building up the upper rim everywhere except the east side? What does the stadium's historical capacity changes have to say regarding that question (apropos a strange capacity increase or decrease)?
-Who was the athletic director when this was done--when was it done?--and what was that person's reasoning? Were they being provident?
I have a hard time believing any decades-ago athletic department official could have multi-decade foresight about a stadium renovation project not well defined until the first decade of the twenty-first century, but--given Yost's great foresight regarding the stadium's future--I'm not willing to rule out anything without proof.
Are there any resident stadium historians or know-it-alls around to give me a hand?