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Old 01-09-2018, 07:02 PM   #1
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Default renovation to Founder's park

with baseball season almost here, it got me thinking....when the ballpark was built it was one of the top five facilities in the country. Other programs have been renovating or building new facilities. I do not think it has slipped in any type of ranking but I think it is time to at least lay out a plan for some future renovations. More suites down the third baseline, mezzanine seating..some vision of what Founder's park could become.
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Default Re: renovation to Founder's park

I think Founder's Park is still superior to most collegiate stadiums, but I would love to see our capacity break 10,000. I don't know if we have the space to catch up with LSU for largest capacity, but I think suites and/or more grandstand seating could be built down the 3rd base line.

I don't foresee the university doing that anytime soon though. It's not viewed as necessary, and the money has to come from somewhere
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I agree that we need to stay ahead of other teams and not allow them to catch up to us.
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Baseball will need to become a championship contender as well as either a break even or revenue sport again before we see another investment into the program.
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If you are not going wide open, you are getting left behind. Always the next guy going to eat your lunch if you rest......

Think the AD and HC are on the same page, we will get what is required to be top 8, we just have to go out and earn it! And earn it we shall!
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Default Re: renovation to Founder's park

Multiple SEC programs are bringing in new ballparks that are superior to ours. We'll not compete with any other program other than those in the SEC: keep up in that race, and you'll not only fare well versus any other college baseball program out there - you'll stay well ahead of them.

Texas A&M and Alabama already upgraded theirs, Ole Miss and MSU are undergoing major overhauls with theirs, and UK and UF have plans over the next 1-2 years to add major improvements to theirs. USC already generally fall behind LSU's and Arkansas' stadiums for the best in the SEC, and our capacity is 6th behind Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, LSU, and Miss St.

We at least should keep an eye on what the other programs are doing, and maintain preliminary upgrade concepts for Founders to make sure we don't get caught with our pants down in the arms race of SEC college baseball....
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Need to field a competitive team before we worry about adding more seats. Our attendance last year was pretty poor, rightfully so. But I'm all for any other renovations that keeps us competitive. Like Conway said, we're going to fall to the middle of the pack soon. But that's the price you pay when you're one of the first teams of a wave to make a major renovation/stadium builds.
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Default Re: renovation to Founder's park

When the stadium was built Tanner mentioned that the finished product would allow room for future expansion if needed. There is plenty of room to add additional seating. However, the stadium is still one of the top ballparks in the nation in its current configuration. Might need to add more game day amenities, but a big expansion is probably not in the cards anytime soon.
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Just like football, I don't think we'll need to worry about quantity of seats but instead quality of atmosphere. I'd hate to have a big ole stadium and have it look half full all the time.
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Just like football, I don't think we'll need to worry about quantity of seats but instead quality of atmosphere. I'd hate to have a big ole stadium and have it look half full all the time.
Just like basketball, most of CLA could be used for warehouse space!
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We need people showing up to games before we start talking about adding more seats.

Because let's be brutally honest here. Most of the fans that were filling up the stadium in 2011, 2012, 2013 didn't bother stepping foot in the place prior to that ball landing in RF at 11:36 pm, June 29, 2010. And they were the first ones to jump ship when things started going down hill.
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:36 AM   #12
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We need people showing up to games before we start talking about adding more seats.
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We need people showing up to games before we start talking about adding more seats.

Because let's be brutally honest here. Most of the fans that were filling up the stadium in 2011, 2012, 2013 didn't bother stepping foot in the place prior to that ball landing in RF at 11:36 pm, June 29, 2010. And they were the first ones to jump ship when things started going down hill.
Batgirl would know...and this bolded part of her comment above cannot be said about her.

So long as we are adding temp seats when we know they are needed, I don't see a 'quantity' change being made...now adding to the 'quality' should be something that we are doing a little here, a little there each year anyway.

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Batgirl would know...and this bolded part of her comment above cannot be said about her.

So long as we are adding temp seats when we know they are needed, I don't see a 'quantity' change being made...now adding to the 'quality' should be something that we are doing a little here, a little there each year anyway.

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We need people showing up to games before we start talking about adding more seats.

Because let's be brutally honest here. Most of the fans that were filling up the stadium in 2011, 2012, 2013 didn't bother stepping foot in the place prior to that ball landing in RF at 11:36 pm, June 29, 2010. And they were the first ones to jump ship when things started going down hill.
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Renovation does not always mean adding seats. Adding suites down the third base line would not necessarily add a large number to attendance figures but it would generate more revenue. There are other concepts, improvements, investments that would help build value in facility that would not center on simply adding seats and demonstrate our desire to have elite facilities. I just think a future plan or goal for the facility is wise. This planning does not imply immediate implementation but rather gives the program something to strive for and show the rest of the college baseball we are not standing pat!
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Renovation does not always mean adding seats. Adding suites down the third base line would not necessarily add a large number to attendance figures but it would generate more revenue. There are other concepts, improvements, investments that would help build value in facility that would not center on simply adding seats and demonstrate our desire to have elite facilities. I just think a future plan or goal for the facility is wise. This planning does not imply immediate implementation but rather gives the program something to strive for and show the rest of the college baseball we are not standing pat!
But we're not filling the suites we have now. More games than not, we have quite a few of them empty.

We are still one of the top ballparks in the Nation. Amenities will be addressed as needed (we have a future plan for the ballpark, but as with any ballpark it greatly depends on butts in the seats and the product on the field), before any mention of adding seats/suites is addressed because, again, it's just not what is needed at this time.
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We improved the player's lounge last year . That was more important than adding seats . There's been some talk about replacing the scoreboard after this season . I hope that comes to pass . Kingston wanted to come in and spend a little time here before he started asking for enhancements .
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Seats definitely don't need to be added at this point. I would do some continual upkeep and minor upgrades as needed though.
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Any Wi-Fi available in the stadium?

If not, that would be a good place to start. Not sure what the price tag for that would be, though.

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