Alumni Stadium Renovation Plans

DoubleEagle68

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Point of the post wasn't who folks believed that the head coach or an assistant maximized players potential -- no argument with your assessment -- but point is that folks keep saying if we win, we will fill the stadium. Perhaps that is NOW true -- it hasn't worked in the past.

I remember folks were angry with the style of football O'Brien played -- but he did win 7-8 games with that style most years -- Iowa plays a similar style -- I remember Iowa beating BC in a game under DAZ where the statistics showed BC with twice as many yard -- yet losing in the end -- Tom was an Annapolis grad who took rules to the max -- he would not be able to do that today -- he even loss Russell Wilson at N/c State because he refused to let him play baseball.

think it was Jim Miller that coached Jack Concannon and it was wide open football -- we still didn't fill the stadium. I am hoping the powers to be will begin to realize that private schools have a different set of parameters than public schools and begin to figure out how to get the fans into the seats.
I think it starts with the students and their "rah, Rah, RAH". They bring excitement. I believe students shouldn't pay for admission. They should all be given a Super Fan tee shirt during their Orientation and have a Meet the Coaches and Players as part of their getting to know about BC. These shirts should be required for stadium admission. I'd love to see BC sport stars make an appearance on the field and rev up the crowd.

Let's Fire Up these alums and fans. At UVA they have a great pregame with the he band and the Cavalier Charging out from under the stands with the sabre drawn and pointing straight ahead. I always look forward to seeing that before their games with BC. game.
 

CDB

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A local minor league team hired a PR firm to fill up the stadium. The team is located in the suburbs of Dallas/Fort Worth and has to compete against the Rangers. The firm was paid based on attendance. They are doing a very good job of filling the seats. Perhaps BC would be willing to do something like that because there is so little financial risk. I really don't care what they do -- but please do something and then revise what it being done if it doesn't work.
 

CDB

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I agree DE. When I went to BC the majority of students did not live on campus. Many had jobs to help pay for their education. It was hard for them to attend games as students. That is not the typical student today. I don't understand why anyone who pays 80K per year to attend a college would not get free admission to any paying event. U DA Man. DE for AD and then hire 74 to build a better stadium. Must admit JaneBC is my first choice, but she decided to leave the throne before she was handed it.
 

Bigfan78

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A local minor league team hired a PR firm to fill up the stadium. The team is located in the suburbs of Dallas/Fort Worth and has to compete against the Rangers. The firm was paid based on attendance. They are doing a very good job of filling the seats. Perhaps BC would be willing to do something like that because there is so little financial risk. I really don't care what they do -- but please do something and then revise what it being done if it doesn't work.
Great idea!! 👍
 

DoubleEagle68

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I agree DE. When I went to BC the majority of students did not live on campus. Many had jobs to help pay for their education. It was hard for them to attend games as students. That is not the typical student today. I don't understand why anyone who pays 80K per year to attend a college would not get free admission to any paying event. U DA Man. DE for AD and then hire 74 to build a better stadium. Must admit JaneBC is my first choice, but she decided to leave the throne before she was handed it.
If selected, I would even move from heavenly Southport back to Taxachuetts. Give me a megaphone and lead the cheers! I'll reopen Bill Flynn's notebook and bring in the big boys to play. I would make sure students get in for free, IF they wear their Super Fan shirts. I would also have 1/2 tickets for fans wearing Maroon Super Fan shirts. I would immediately have a 5-year plan for major improvements every off-season. As for a new stadium, unless it's on campus, I don't see it happening. Remember the Boston Patriots had to move to Foxboro. I don't see building a new stadium close to the BC campus. As for NIL, I'd be talking with the Varsity Club (& Alumni Clubs throughout the country) and getting them involved in supporting BC athletes. I'd also be on Boston sports radio and television talking up BC (& New England) sports and future plans. I'd be taking on roles within the NCAA.

However, that would mean me giving up Carolina with year-round golf and daily walks on the beach. But I hope the next AD is driven to rejuvenate BC athletics and will be here for many years.
 

CDB

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Yes, but you would just get this thing off the floor, maybe 3 years, and then back to paradise -- and why not have camps and take dignitaries to North Carolina as part of your job -- I would argue it is better than the Cape and it is deep in the heart of ACC country -- so you could invite kids from both all over both Carolinas to BC functions at your "Camp David."

Build the new stadium right where the old one is -- dig down and hollow it out if you have to -- keep seating around 50K and it is almost the same capacity as what we have -- but will have all the bells and whistles of a new stadium with every attraction 74 can think of -- fix the tailgating issue at the same time and we off and running -- all it needs is a jump start and really good cheerleader who can get folks to open their wallets if they see his vision clearly.
 

CDB

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Oh, other small issue -- maybe convince our president to step down and play lots of golf with you in the Carolinas and bring in someone younger and more open to change. No one else has been able to do this -- but I have such confidence in your Human Resources abilities that I know you get the job done.
 

DoubleEagle68

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Yes, but you would just get this thing off the floor, maybe 3 years, and then back to paradise -- and why not have camps and take dignitaries to North Carolina as part of your job -- I would argue it is better than the Cape and it is deep in the heart of ACC country -- so you could invite kids from both all over both Carolinas to BC functions at your "Camp David."

Build the new stadium right where the old one is -- dig down and hollow it out if you have to -- keep seating around 50K and it is almost the same capacity as what we have -- but will have all the bells and whistles of a new stadium with every attraction 74 can think of -- fix the tailgating issue at the same time and we off and running -- all it needs is a jump start and really good cheerleader who can get folks to open their wallets if they see his vision clearly.
It may be paradise for a retiree. But Boston and BC are a paradise for BC players and their families. We just need to win and look like a Championship Athletic program.

I am all for building a new or a vastly-improved New Balance Stadium. 50,O00 is a good number for capacity. Yes, we would need to dig a deep hole for a modern stadium where you walk in off the street below the upper deck. Let's get the plans started!
 

CDB

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Years ago, when BC was looking for a new Football coach, some of the students called a couple of the radio stations and announced the new coach -- a minute later that radio blared out: "First, Fast, and Factual. Boston College's new coach is Bob Fuicelli, former Little All-American at Hofstra College." Both stations did no checking and announced the new coach throughout the next hour or so.

I say, we get some one who doesn't check much (we all know who that is) and get him to announce you as our next AD -- and then release some of your plans including an overview of the new stadium, your views on tickets for students and SuperFans, and get it out there .

It would be lots of fun and would get the alumni asking about the new stadium and all your other plans.

At minimum it would get the school all over Sports Center, Foxsports, and CBSsports.
 

CDB

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Depressed after reading an article on the site AJ used to write for. The article lists the only improvements needed in all of BC facilities is to our Hockey and Basketball arenas -- all four believed the football stadium is fine. If the folks who write and report on BC sports for a living believe Alumni Stadium does not need improvements, how can we expect the administration and Board of Trustees to believe otherwise. Maybe it is accepted practice not to be able to Tailgate or go to the bathroom like we can in other venues -- I think I will keep watching on the ACC network.

I realize that folks who rely on inside information have to maintain relationships with the powers to be at BC -- but one caveat -- where has it gotten most of you so far -- even now, whenever the powers to be want to release any sports information to the public they do it through a Syracuse grad. Be true to yourself Eagles -- it is always the best choice.
 
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AGPennyPacker

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Depressed after reading an article on the site AJ used to write for. The article lists the only improvements needed in all of BC facilities is to our Hockey and Basketball arenas -- all four believed the football stadium is fine. If the folks who write and report on BC sports for a living believe Alumni Stadium does not need improvements, how can we expect the administration and Board of Trustees to believe otherwise. Maybe it is accepted practice not to be able to Tailgate or go to the bathroom like we can in other venues -- I think I will keep watching on the ACC network.

I realize that folks who rely on inside information have to maintain relationships with the powers to be at BC -- but one caveat -- where has it gotten most of you so far -- even now, whenever the powers to be want to release any sports information to the public they do it through a Syracuse grad. Be true to yourself Eagles -- it is always the best choice.
Sorry you are talking about a group of editors that spend the day patting themselves on the back and censures anyone that points it out or disagrees with them…

There is a reason why BC interest is lower than it could be and feeding mediocrity to smart people is big part of the problem
 

CDB

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Penny, maybe they want to improve the bathrooms at Conte so that when you walk over to use the bathroom during football games, the experience will take less time . . .
 

DoubleEagle68

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Point of the post wasn't who folks believed that the head coach or an assistant maximized players potential -- no argument with your assessment -- but point is that folks keep saying if we win, we will fill the stadium. Perhaps that is NOW true -- it hasn't worked in the past.

I remember folks were angry with the style of football O'Brien played -- but he did win 7-8 games with that style most years -- Iowa plays a similar style -- I remember Iowa beating BC in a game under DAZ where the statistics showed BC with twice as many yard -- yet losing in the end -- Tom was an Annapolis grad who took rules to the max -- he would not be able to do that today -- he even loss Russell Wilson at N/c State because he refused to let him play baseball.

think it was Jim Miller that coached Jack Concannon and it was wide open football -- we still didn't fill the stadium. I am hoping the powers to be will begin to realize that private schools have a different set of parameters than public schools and begin to figure out how to get the fans into the seats.
Maybe the privates will have to have their own conference.
 

CDB

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Interesting article from Front Office Sports on how California plans to handle paying athletes:

California Bill Could Make Pay for Play for College Athletes a Reality
by David Monniaux

For the past few months, a bill has been brewing in the California legislature that would force local athletic departments to share revenue with players.
The bill, called the “College Athlete Race and Gender Equity Act,” was written by Sen. Steven Bradford and sponsored by the National College Players Association. On Thursday, it’s up for yet another vote in its journey through state bureaucracy.
• The bill says each athlete would receive an equal share of 50% of a sport’s revenue, minus the amount they already receive in aid packages.
• The money would go in a degree completion fund, where athletes would have access to up to $25,000 a year.
• Athletes would receive the rest as long as they finish their degree within six years of enrolling.
The bill specifically says, however, that the payments would not mean athletes would be classified as employees.
 
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