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Conference USA Football Stadiums
ODU fans can't wait for our old stadium to be torn down and rebuilt. Phase 1 expands the stadium to approx 22k and phase 2 brings Foreman Fields capacity to 30k.

I know that attendance is down across the country but some stadiums are still growing.

What other C-USA stadiums have the possibility for future expansion? Charlotte hopefully one day will be able to grow beyond there current 15k. WKU is at 22k and they could probably bring in a little more. I think LT could close the endzone and hold close to 40k.

What should be a good number for C-USA teams? 35,000 would be my guess. I hope ODU can do 35,000 one day.
06-27-2017 04:04 PM
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(06-27-2017 04:04 PM)cmett003 Wrote:  ODU fans can't wait for our old stadium to be torn down and rebuilt. Phase 1 expands the stadium to approx 22k and phase 2 brings Foreman Fields capacity to 30k.

I know that attendance is down across the country but some stadiums are still growing.

What other C-USA stadiums have the possibility for future expansion? Charlotte hopefully one day will be able to grow beyond there current 15k. WKU is at 22k and they could probably bring in a little more. I think LT could close the endzone and hold close to 40k.

What should be a good number for C-USA teams? 35,000 would be my guess. I hope ODU can do 35,000 one day.

If we ever needed it we could definitely get to 40. 30 is a good solid number that I would like us to average near. Max capacity right now is around 28.
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06-27-2017 04:16 PM
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My theory over the last several years is that programs (outside of maybe the "football factory" programs like OSU, TX, UT, ND...) should on QUALITY of fan experience over QUANTITY of fans mainly because of HDTV.
06-27-2017 04:18 PM
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(06-27-2017 04:04 PM)cmett003 Wrote:  ODU fans can't wait for our old stadium to be torn down and rebuilt. Phase 1 expands the stadium to approx 22k and phase 2 brings Foreman Fields capacity to 30k.

I know that attendance is down across the country but some stadiums are still growing.

What other C-USA stadiums have the possibility for future expansion? Charlotte hopefully one day will be able to grow beyond there current 15k. WKU is at 22k and they could probably bring in a little more. I think LT could close the endzone and hold close to 40k.

What should be a good number for C-USA teams? 35,000 would be my guess. I hope ODU can do 35,000 one day.

I believe architects designed Floyd Stadium (for FBS move-up) to seat a maximum capacity of 31,000. Plans allowed for future expansion to as many as 70,000. Since 1998, MT's only official sellout has been Georgia Tech at 30,502 with Memphis a close second at 28,105. So, unless one of us goes to an Cartel-5 Conference, I think it's realistic to say, you won't ever need to be bigger than 35 to 40,000 maximum capacity.
06-27-2017 04:21 PM
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I think USM is about right at 36K capacity. I don't see us needing more seats. We could probably put some temporary stands above the south endzone suites, for big games if needed.
06-27-2017 04:40 PM
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Apogee was designed to be expanded. North Texas has over 37,000 students at our main campus, and over 130,000 alums living within an hour's drive of campus. The stadium was built with accommodations (restrooms, concessions, entrances/exits,...) to support around 55,000 spectators. I believe a second phase of expansion would focus building a second level over the visitors side.

short answer: Yes, North Texas can expand Apogee up to 55K, with the infrastructure already in place.
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FAU can be expanded as well. Not sure on the number, but an upper deck can be built on top of the current one. I think it could get up to 50k. Doubt well ever need it nor do I really want it. I like a smaller, closer experience.
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YES we need more seats! Are you kidding me?? How are you going to recruit HS talent when your stadium, and support, is smaller than their HS?
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Legion Field could be expanded to about 100,000 with an upper deck all the way around. :)
06-27-2017 06:53 PM
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We are expanding our stadium at the end of this year. Bringing capacity to around 53,000.

As an outsider here are my suggestions.
ODU: Game plan is good for their new stadium
Marshall: I would chair back entire stadium in green chair backs. Then I would increase luxury seating above the stands on both sides of the field.
Southern Miss: Chair back the entire stadium in gold chair backs (similar to Pittsburgh). I would then add more seating above the new luxury seating with chair backs as well and a large video board in the middle. That should keep capacity about the same but creating nicer seating and keeping more sound in the stadium and making the stadium to appear much larger.
Rice: Chair entire stadium in Navy seating. Take down one upper deck and build mutlple leavles of luxury seating. With their deep pocket alumi and location in Houston they could get fans in luxury seating.
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