Not so interesting stadium construction update

Submitted by IUandUofM on March 26th, 2010 at 7:48 PM

I walked around the stadium today, and behind the construction barriers I can relay the following:

- The West Side Premium Chair-Back Seating area, that is being build where the old press box was, had a lot of attention today. Workers have put in about 1/4 of the step foundations starting from the top middle and going down from there.
- There seemed to be many more workers on the West Side than the East side ... not sure why it is getting more focus.
- Also, Pioneer High School has a huge dirt pile built up at the corner of Stadium and Main. I went over there and there was a sign that described a water treatment program plan that would be complete in Spring 2011, but that the lawn would be restored by August 15th, 2010.
- Lastly, as was reported previously, the tops of the score boards where opened up with a few workers around. I think they are working on installing the sound system that used to be on top of the old press box.



March 26th, 2010 at 8:12 PM ^

I have not been following the stadium construction at all so forgive my ignorance but

Chair-Back Seating??

First reaction WTF. As if we need to motivate people to sit more.

Second Reaction: Ok fine if they are paying a premium

Third Reaction: Stand the fuck up


March 26th, 2010 at 8:26 PM ^

The West Side ones are going to cover the entire area where the press box was ... there is an annual $2,000 donation required (does not include the price of the ticket). The seats will have cup holders and are cushioned.

The East Side range from 1,500 to 4,000 per seat, and will have exclusive access to the "club" ... a restricted area with premium food, private bathrooms, and interior views if weather is bad.


March 26th, 2010 at 9:08 PM ^

I'm just confused how the seats are going to be cushioned with them being outside all the time. Is there going to be some sort of overhang for the seats? Are they just going to replace them as often as necessary? Is it a different kind of cushioning than I am thinking of? I'm honestly very intrigued by this, though as a student chair-backed seats are way way off, if they ever get here...


March 26th, 2010 at 9:13 PM ^

as far as I know, there is no overhead protection for the seats. I have heard them described as just cushioned on the seat section, not on the back. A "deep" seat cushion ... 3-4 inches with a thick cover, likely to protect it from the elements.


March 26th, 2010 at 8:38 PM ^

Drove by yesterday - they have a lane of Main Street closed and are beginning to brick the west side, which as of now is still looking pretty bare-boned.


March 27th, 2010 at 9:18 PM ^

Also, if you drive by at night you can see the lights inside the towers. It appears the ceilings have maize and blue neon lights. Not bright neon lights, but a soft glow of maize and blue from the ceiling. Ahh, damn. Without a picture this description sounds awful. I promise it looks pretty cool though.

And yes they have one lane of Main closed and are starting the brickwork on the west side.


March 28th, 2010 at 12:07 PM ^

This topic deserves a better headline. "Not so interesting" doesn't really draw your reader in. (And besides, we're all junkies who dig this stuff anyway.)