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Time to expand Williams Stadium
It's time for LU to make another statement to entry level FBS conferences, recruits, and to college admins. A statement and action free of political/social/moral issues and one to place a positive position before the public.

That action is to expand Williams Stadium. As Coastal gets denied to expand from 9,000 to 22,000 and then 19,000 and fails to meet it's FBS minimum requirements, LU can make a statement to expand by enclosing the visitors end zone. With seating then approaching 25,000 or more, a major push would be to continue to increase attendance. Liberty must make itself more attractive with it's on field activity with attendance and on field success.

As the VHSL has decided to withdraw 14 high school games/playoffs from LU due to it's social/political stands, expansion and attendance increase are LU's best option to increase it's appeal.
05-06-2016 08:06 AM
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Time to expand Williams Stadium
Expansion would be great. I think closing off the visitor EZ and adding a student side tower is a great answer.
05-06-2016 09:37 AM
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RE: Time to expand Williams Stadium
If you've been to a game recently you've noticed that Liberty had created a great atmosphere with the students packed in behind the visiting team. I'm wondering if Liberty doesn't want to lose that atmosphere by building a larger stadium? You have to remember that when/if Liberty goes FBS visiting FBS teams will bring fans, some of them will bring thousands of fans. The larger stadium will be needed then to accommodate the numbers. With the new indoor practice facility being built I don't think conferences have any doubt's about Liberty's commitment to football.
05-06-2016 11:17 AM
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RE: Time to expand Williams Stadium
I'm all for expanding Williams Stadium once we start selling out at or above capacity. Right now, I believe we aren't there so I see no reason to expand.
05-06-2016 06:33 PM
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RE: Time to expand Williams Stadium
(05-06-2016 06:33 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  I'm all for expanding Williams Stadium once we start selling out at or above capacity. Right now, I believe we aren't there so I see no reason to expand.
Waiting until attendance demands it is valid but not the point. That's the traditional way. Wait until the need is there then do it. In LU's case, the thread's intent is to place emphasis back on LU's sports and facilities rather than on political/social/moral issues that influence the perception.

LU will simply be more appealing as a FBS program as it more resembles one with facilities and FB and basketball attendance. Emphasis should be to expand the stadium with a strong emphasis on filling the stadium to capacity with the new capacity at or near 25,000.

What does LU do if it doesn't be proactive and continue to improve it's position by means it can control as stated, attendance and facilities? Can LU afford to sit back and wait until the offer comes? Even JMU with it's fumbling and bumbling is a stronger candidate than LU at present. Coastal's invite is the writing on the wall where LU lands within the SBC.

Or does LU seek indy and/or sue the NCAA which has been mentioned many times here and on other threads? The best and most wise action, that LU controls is to continue to develop the facilities and increase attendance. And tone down the rhetoric.
05-06-2016 08:22 PM
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RE: Time to expand Williams Stadium
(05-06-2016 08:22 PM)NewTimes Wrote:  
(05-06-2016 06:33 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  I'm all for expanding Williams Stadium once we start selling out at or above capacity. Right now, I believe we aren't there so I see no reason to expand.
Waiting until attendance demands it is valid but not the point. That's the traditional way. Wait until the need is there then do it. In LU's case, the thread's intent is to place emphasis back on LU's sports and facilities rather than on political/social/moral issues that influence the perception.

LU will simply be more appealing as a FBS program as it more resembles one with facilities and FB and basketball attendance. Emphasis should be to expand the stadium with a strong emphasis on filling the stadium to capacity with the new capacity at or near 25,000.

What does LU do if it doesn't be proactive and continue to improve it's position by means it can control as stated, attendance and facilities? Can LU afford to sit back and wait until the offer comes? Even JMU with it's fumbling and bumbling is a stronger candidate than LU at present. Coastal's invite is the writing on the wall where LU lands within the SBC.

Or does LU seek indy and/or sue the NCAA which has been mentioned many times here and on other threads? The best and most wise action, that LU controls is to continue to develop the facilities and increase attendance. And tone down the rhetoric.

I don't think Liberty announcing the expansion of their football stadium would sway university presidents. I think if they announced a new academic building, such as a state-of-the-art school of engineering (or something of that nature). Why not increase enrollment to 20,000 on-campus residents to make us of similar size to many public schools that we are trying to impress? Why not add new majors (not predominantly religion-oriented)?

Make the statement something like, "While other schools are focused specifically on athletics, Liberty already has cutting edge athletic facilities. Liberty isn't ignoring their goal of empowering students to expand their knowledge and bring their new skills and top-flight education into the workplace and have added the following degrees to further serve the needs of today's working environment: XYZ. To support these new degrees, Liberty is building dorms to house X number of students on-campus and are releasing these plans for more academic buildings with brand new equipment using the top technology. Liberty University is committed to the students and are giving them everything to set them up for success."
05-06-2016 08:59 PM
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Time to expand Williams Stadium
Pretty sure LU has already been doing this. They have added millions of dollars worth of new academic buildings, fantastic new student housing, all the while still improving athletic facilities. I even believe the school has added new fields of study. I know medicine is relatively new.
05-07-2016 08:23 AM
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RE: Time to expand Williams Stadium
(05-07-2016 08:23 AM)army56mike Wrote:  Pretty sure LU has already been doing this. They have added millions of dollars worth of new academic buildings, fantastic new student housing, all the while still improving athletic facilities. I even believe the school has added new fields of study. I know medicine is relatively new.

Honestly, I wish you guys offered Physical Education because I ended up going to The University of Louisville because it wasn't offered at Liberty. My wife graduated from LU and I had taken two years there (business administration) before changing my major.
05-16-2016 11:11 AM
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(05-16-2016 11:11 AM)Ewglenn Wrote:  
(05-07-2016 08:23 AM)army56mike Wrote:  Pretty sure LU has already been doing this. They have added millions of dollars worth of new academic buildings, fantastic new student housing, all the while still improving athletic facilities. I even believe the school has added new fields of study. I know medicine is relatively new.

Honestly, I wish you guys offered Physical Education because I ended up going to The University of Louisville because it wasn't offered at Liberty. My wife graduated from LU and I had taken two years there (business administration) before changing my major.

Are you in or near Louisville still?
05-18-2016 02:41 AM
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RE: Time to expand Williams Stadium
Someone jog my memory. If we add the second tower on the student side of the stadium with an upper deck to mirror the Baptist side, and close in the visitors end of the field with bowl seating, does that bump capacity up to 30-35K?

Of course, I would add the tower and upper deck with luxury suites on the student side first.
05-18-2016 07:55 AM
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