I don't hate Memorial Stadium. At the end of my freshman year, the tore down the baseball structure and put in the new stands with plans to do a like structure on the visitors' side. Money and lack of crowds put a halt to that idea. Now, however, I could like with the structure for 5 games a year if we would put some bleachers on the visitors' side. On the flip side, we need a major benefactor to helps us build something new on campus by the river. Without that, it won't get done.
It would take donors...not a singular donor, but more like fifty donors giving one million each, or 100 donors gifting five hundred thousand dollars each, and that's how slim it all is. What's the cost of a new stadium today, let's say like the beauty that Alabama State built ten years ago? $100 million today.Perhaps ISU should have built a different structure when the current set of bleachers were built
The odds of a major donor stepping up now? Pretty slim
They're a SWAC school. Tens of thousands of people go watch these HBCU's wallow around in mediocrity every weekend in the fall because of tradition. It's pretty similar to how lots of people showed up to watch a loser Cubs franchise for 100 years.Alabama State who? Not to sound arrogant but how is that a better program than us. If they can find the money why cant we?
LOL! I went to my one and ONLY Cub's game in 1986, and I swore then I'd NEVER go back. There were nets above your head to catch pieces of concrete that might fall on you from the upper deck, disgusting bathrooms, obstructed views, etc. When I was growing up, we only cared about the Yankees, Cardinals and Reds. I never knew there were Cubs fans then, now they're everywhere like a plague, or some kind of stupid popularity contest. Take me to a baseball game anytime in Cincinnati or St. Louis....now those are nice ballparks, with teams that have winning traditions! Oh, with nice concession stands, cooling stations, and restrooms that aren't creepy to be in.They're a SWAC school. Tens of thousands of people go watch these HBCU's wallow around in mediocrity every weekend in the fall because of tradition. It's pretty similar to how lots of people showed up to watch a loser Cubs franchise for 100 years.
AAAANNNNDDDD how would 5-6000 new seats that would remain empty being built on an obsolete stadium because as you say it "would be neat" not be a waste of money"????? That's about as practicle as putting a Rolls Royce Grill on a Volkswagon.I'd like to see ISU build 5-6000 seats on the north side. I think that would actually make the place look like a legitimate D1 stadium.
On the north side they should put up more historical information and old photos of the stadium. It has a ton of history that no one knows about. Some renovation to make the place look a little more modern might be helpful too.
If they would do those two or three things, the perception of the place would go from "being a dump", to "being a neat place". I for one am completely against a brand new stadium. The park around Memorial Stadium that you can park cars in and tailgate in is a perfect setup. A new stadium on campus would be a waste of money and it won't draw in students, most of which can't even be bothered to attend a basketball game.
True -- amazing what a little war like Viet Nam and draft can do for a university's enrollment
The Bison fans could fill most of it up when they come down here. In all seriousness it likely would be a waste of money, but I think it would make the place look a lot better. Honestly if they could just put the bleachers back up over there I would be perfectly happy with that.AAAANNNNDDDD how would 5-6000 new seats that would remain empty being built on an obsolete stadium because as you say it "would be neat" not be a waste of money"????? That's about as practicle as putting a Rolls Royce Grill on a Volkswagon.
To their credit, if our south grandstand is ever found to be unsafe for spectators, I wouldn't bet against ISU using that as the excuse to drop the sport. ISU did do quite a bit of work on the place a couple of years ago, so hopefully we won't have that issue for a while.Looks like ISU now has company in the "let's play in half a stadium" facilities planning. At least for this fall.
SEMO is trying to renovate a football stadium for only 8.5 million after demolition. LOL. I guarantee something along the lines of "ISU plays with only one half of a stadium and the other half is a hill....we could try that" has been discussed over in Cape G.
This should stabilize the DOD #'s, right?One correction. True -- amazing what a little war like Vietnam and DRAFT DEFERMENTS can do for a university's enrollment.
Of course, being drafted then was a MALE only problem, and if THE DRAFT would ever return, it's still a MALE only problem. So much for all of the Title IX crap, diversity, inclusion, the so called PATRIARCHY and all the MALE PRIVILEGE bullshit.
And just a refresher, attendance at ISU plummeted after DRAFT DEFERMENTS were eliminated. I know, I was one of the MEN at ISU who was facing being drafted in 1972 (my lotto number was 36) but thank god NIXON was our president then, and HE stopped the draft maybe a month before my induction date. And for any Nixon haters, Nixon stopping the draft was part Nixon's campaign promise, to get us out JFK's and LBJ's senseless war.