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More FIU Stadium Photos and Details

Ca Just 3 days until Chris Allen throws the first pitch of the FIU baseball season and the Turtle Thomas Era begins against USC at home on Friday night. But before we get there, let's take one more field trip back to the Crown Jewel for a bonus tour of FIU Stadium.

Before we get back to the structure itself, wanted to let you know there will be a new turf on the field for the 2008 season. FIU Stadium is removing its old AstroPlay surface and installing Field Turf before South Florida visits for the opener on Sept. 20.

And that "Golden" you see in the end zones will no longer be there as well when FIU eventually drops Eastendzone Golden from its nickname some time this summer.

The next time we'll tour the stadium will be in April when the west end zone and FIU fieldhouse structures are actually visible. So keep the photo below on the left in mind as to what the area looks like now.

Betterviewfiufh Those pillars on the left are the first floor of the FIU fieldhouse.

We'll go back up to the club suites in a second, but first let's see if I can point out to you how all the seats at the stadium are built angled toward the field -- this was done so that no one goes home with a neck strain. If you have ever sat down the right field foul line at Dolphin Stadium to watch a Marlins game, then you and your neck know what I'm talking about.

Again, like I've said before, if your computer can enlarge these photos, please do so. Look at the photo on the right here and you can see how all the seats have been built with a slight turn toward theFieldcloseness  field.

Back up to the club suite level, in the photo below left, you can see the area (it's empty now) where the 12 bucket seats will be installed outside of each club suite. Add the 8 seats inside the club suite and you get 20 per Clubsuitesoutseats suite. A bucket seat is similar to what you sit on at the movies. The club seats -- which when you drive by the stadium is that patch of silver in the middle of the south stands (photo below right) -- will also be bucket seats. Right now that area is also empty, because they have yet to install those seats as well. Close50

Although there is not much to see right now, on the bottom left photo is a view from inside a club suite onto the field. The area on the left will be like a bar-type of area. You can see the top part is the window, which will open, and below that might be some bar stools to Viewfrominsidecs_2 sit on and watch the game with your favorite adult beverage. The area on the right would be a door-like opening for access to the 12 outdoor seats of each club suite.

You've seen where the FIU fieldhouse is going and how spacious that will be, so now let's show you where the opponents/officials/high school teams/soccer teams fieldhouse will be. The name I just created for that fieldhouse might take up a lot of room, but the visitors fieldhouse, which will go under those frames (below right) does not. Been told that fieldhouse will be 1/10th the size of the FIU fieldhouse. VisitorfhThe location of the opposing fieldhouse is under the east end zone stands. No structure has been built yet, but when it's done FIU's opponents will have to deal with the noise from fans above on the east end zone. The metal flooring of the stadium makes some serious noise when you stomp on it.

Now for the last part of your bonus tour, I'd like to show you where the west end zone stands will turn into the north side of the stadium. When I first learned that the first phase of the stadium was not going to be enclosed I thought there wouldn't be much of a home field edge, but after having stood where the west turn will occur I must say the stadium will be tight -- even as a "C" shape in the first phase.

You may need to enlarge the following two photos to see where the west turn will happen. In the photo Fh on the left, the west stands turn just right of the "S" on the Panthers end zone lettering. In the photo on the right, the turn Westurnatgate happens just to the left of the blue triangular shaped entrance gate. The west turn happens at the same spot in both locations, just thought I'd give you two different photos to see it from.

Okay, we'll be back at the stadium in April when the FIU fieldhouse and other parts of the stadium have taken more shape. Odebrecht has their construction crews working 6 days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. sometimes to 5 p.m. trying to get this all done by Sept. 20. And I'll have answers to your stadium questions in an upcoming post.

For now, Let's play ball!  Less than 93 hours before the first pitch against USC.

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FIU Fanatic: From last speaking with MC, there is no leading candidate yet for the O-coordinator position. When I got something I'll post it on here.

UltimateFIUFan: The FIU hoops recruit you are thinking of is power forward Freddy Asprilla, who originally was going to become a Hurricane, but could not get into that school, because of grades. Hopefully he has a different fate at FIU. Heard the kid is a heck of a hoopster.

Ah I'm sure Coley knew of FSU's "double secret probation, whatever that means" when he took the job. Talking to some writers that cover FSU, the deal for Coley was that he will become the Seminoles offensive coordinator when current FSU o-coordinator Jimbo Fisher takes over for Bobby Bowden.

TNGoldenPanther: Ted Hutton over at the SS has been calling FIU the "Amber Kitties" for a long time. Just good fun. We could call FAU the Hooters if need be. Reading the posts on Ted's blog, the FAU folks are going a little bit postal over some of the FIU faithful joining their blog. Hoot_2 Hey, bring them over here to the GPP we'll amuse them.

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Yes!! theyre dropping the golden!! any news on the new unis??

Pete thanks for the tour. I drive by this sucker at least once a week on the way to class to catch the progress and I'm happy with what I see.

To tell you the truth I'm a bit mixed on dropping the "Golden". I always thought it made us different from the University of Pittsburgh which uses the Panthers as their mascot as well.

Also it gave us a bit of a geographical signature seeing as the Golden Panther is a native cat. It may have sounded weird but the PENN State Nittney Lions are named after the Mountain Lions that inhabit Mt. Nittney near the school.

But oh well ... I'm sure the focus groups have spoken lol.

On a side note, I've been talking to a few players in class and they have nothing but awesome things to say about MC and his style. They seemed excited to play for him.

Anyway I cant wait to stomp on that metal beast when the Bulls come into town, thanks for the awesome coverage once again Pete.

As usual, thanks for the info, Pete. Pretty interesting that the "dropping" of the Golden seems to be official now...hmmmm...kind of got used to it, but hey, I don't mind either way much...I thought that now installing a new field to the new stadium was interesting as well...

I bet...and maybe you could ask or find out information on this...that the new cost of doing this stadium is a lot more than originally planned, including the more or less $1 million for the playing field...

Are we really dropping the "Golden"? That's kind of sad to hear, hope they decide against that. But regardless, a great post and a great tour, thanks!

GO PANTHERS!

Great news Pete! I am glad they are droping the Golden.

Florida International University Golden Panthers is one hell of name to fit into a headline in a newspaper, a TV title or news lead-in...

It was horrible.. now we just got to get the media calling us the FIU Panthers

Damnit!!! I have to now drop the "Golden" from my screen name!! Oh well, gotta get used to it now!

Just a little FYI, the University of Pittsburgh are ALSO the Golden Panthers, however they dropped "Golden" many years ago. Easier for merchandising, less busy on TV, newspaper and all media combined. Where I was use to "Golden Panthers", I'll have no problem just calling ourselves "Panthers".

Thanks for keeping us informed Pete! Members of the GPP, just visited Rivals to check out the Freddy Asprilla video and Wow, he's an MAJOR inside presence. He is 6'9 and 265 of powerful power forward. Check it out! Additionally, Rivals website also sells FIU merchandise. Visit http://fiu.rivals.com/commitlist.asp?Year=2008&School=129&Sport=2

GO FIU!!!

Guys to avoid having to sign-up to see Asprilla video go through the following link:

http://miami.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=2&pr_key=52116

Enjoy!

GO FIU!!!

Exciting times at FIU! Baseball season is almost here and the football stadium looks outstanding.

Also Pete, I had a worry similar to something that someone wrote. Is anything special being done to the stadium that will be unique to FIU? It would be great to have something like Howard's Rock at Clemson or something else unique to our stadium.

Thanks for another update Pete!!! I would think Pete Garcia has something unique in mind for FIU stadium. This has been mentioned before, but they should give season-ticket holders a tour of the stadium before opener.

Good luck to FIU baseball team with home opener. I'll be there Feb. 22nd. Can't wait to see what TT does as head coach of FIU baseball!!!

As for Ted Hutton of SS, I can't believe that's the crap he writes. There has to be something more interesting going on at FAU. I guess that floats his boat; he has the power to do as he pleases. I was disappointed in myself going to his blog. I hope FIU basketball shows up against FAU tomorrow. Good thing they've been playing well.

GO FIU!!!

As a graduate who had to live with the Sunblazers I always thought that the Golden Panthers was unnecessary. Panthers is just fine. However, there is a rumor out there that they are also changing the school colors to Black & Silver. WHY? The Navy Blue and the Las Vegas Gold is fine.

i sure as hell hope they dont change the colors talk about changing everything on the University... dropping the golden is one thing but i think we should draw the line at changing the colors

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