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FIU Stadium: Do It Yourself

I'll be taking another tour of the new FIU Stadium some time next week and we'll have more info and the latest photos on the "crown jewel" here soon. For now you can check out fiusports.com for some recent stadium photos.

There has been talk lately on the GPP about establishing some traditions or creating some unique features to the new stadium.

So go to your favorite neighborhood do-it-yourself home improvement store, grab your tool boxes,Estad_2   drawing boards and post what you would like built or see that would be unique to FIU Stadium.

I think FIU got off on the right track when it began the "Brick Campaign". Right there is something unique to the new stadium -- to see a bunch of bricks with your names on them forever surrounding the concourse of the stadium. That will ensure that you're not just "another brick in the wall". Apologies to Pink Floyd.

Brick_4 We've heard from some readers about a Panther growling noise after 1st downs and touchdowns. A Golden Panther statue at the entrance or the team possibly entering the Cage to "Welcome to the Jungle".

You can vote in our latest GPP poll below on what is the most important bell or whistle you would like to see in the new stadium.

With the help of our friends at Sports Illustrated, I researched the other 118 Division I football programs and their stadium/program traditions (yeah, it is a slow time of year at the Miami Herald). Here are some of those traditions to possibly help give you some ideas.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks enter the stadium to the theme of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Their mascot "Cocky" appears from under a sheet in the end zone. There has to be a theme song that leads the Golden Panthers into the stadium. Don't know about Roary appearing from under a sheet.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs fans used to ring their cowbells until the SEC banned it. But a lot of fans  still sneak in their cowbells to the games. More cowbell! Haze_2

East Carolina (right): The Pirates enter the stadium through purple smoke (team colors are purple/gold) with the sound of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" playing. Maybe a blue and gold smoke to lead FIU.

Louisville: The Cardinals take a lap around the field to high-5 fans after every home game -- win or lose. The Golden Panthers did this after the inaugural game against St. Peter's in 2002.

Arkansas State: After each touchdown, the Indians mascot throws a spear through a replica of the opponent's mascot.

Af_2 Air Force: Has flyovers before the game and after wins. The airport that used to be on FIU's campus is long gone. So let's skip this one.

North Texas and Texas: Apparently, they're big on lighting towers in Texas. Both these teams light up an on-campus tower after each win.

Washington and Tennessee: Both have some tailgaters arrive by boat, but we're a little too far from the water at FIU to do that. The Vols also have the famous UT checkerboard end zones, maybe FIU can do some unique design in their end zones.Ut

Ole Miss: The Rebels fans tailgate in "The Grove" (a shady area surrounded by oak trees) wearing their Sunday best. Men in coats and women in their southern belle dresses. While we do have our "Grove" not too far away, it might be too hot in Miami to do that at FIU.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets drive out their Ramblin' Wreck old jalopy.

Clemson: The Tigers touch Howard's Rock and then run down a hill in the east end zone of Death Valley.

Colorado: Ralphie the Buffalo always takes a run on the field. Don't know about live panthers. The Miami Herald had a little trouble with that during a photo shoot one year when Strock was photographed Buf with live panthers for the cover of our 2003 FIU football preview. Sorry, FIU Dad, but your dream of seeing live panthers run across the field likely won't happen.Panth

Florida State: Chief Osceola spikes his flaming spear at midfield before each home game.

Auburn: Many teams nowadays have their "(insert team nickname here) Walk" but it was Auburn that started this tradition. The "TIger Walk" has fans assemble along the street to the stadium and applaud the players as the team walks by on their way to the stadium.

Notre Dame: Hits the "Play Like a Champion" sign on their way to the field.

Those are some thoughts to get you going. Let's hear what you want to see.


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pete, i marked down other... i say we do one of each! lol i like the golden panther idea right outside of the home lockerroom, a new design on the stadium endzone would be nice... but i actually like the FIU in the center. the fans need to make their own tradition... (i once heard an idea of a slip and slide all the way fromt the greek housing lol wont happen but just imagin driving to the stadium... and you see a student beat ya on the slip and slide lol)and a grand entrance.. i say we be the first school to do it all every game

o and one more thing congrats to Forbes for qualifying for the NCAA championships for hurdles

Hey everyone, I never write anything, but I am a religious reader of this blog. I figured this would be a great time for my first post. Like CJ I like the idea of having some sort of panther statue for the players to touch on the way to the field; but I also like the idea of having a distinct field design that would be different from other D-1 programs. Anything we can do to start some tradition at the school would be great.

I had another idea to throw in the mix. My wife and I are alums that now go to grad school in Michigan. When we go to Detroit for Tigers games, they have a giant, plastic piggy bank that looks like a tiger. People throw their loose change in it in hopes to have it filled up by the end of the season. All of the money will go to a charity that is dedicated to protecting tigers around the world because they are of course an endangered species.

I thought we could do something along those lines to protect our namesake...the panther. It might not fall into college football lore, but it would give the program a little extra good publicity and it would be for a good cause. Because what good is it for a fledgling program to be named after an extinct species...(Toronto Raptors aside, because somehow they made the playoffs with a .500 record).

I love the idea of the panther statue. Not only is it because it is out mascot, but because it serves as a tribute to such a beautiful animal that unfortunately, is endangered. Love it.

I also love the idea of the players running out into the field to "Welcome to the Jungle".

There is one thing that I have always liked. That is the mascot leading the team out into the field. I want to see Roary do that more. Our entrance should be huge, especially at our first home game at our brand new stadium. I can't wait!

rblan thats isnt to bad of idea on the publicity stand point... but your right it may not fly in college... cause college students are a bit broke lol

It would be great to incorporate themes from Miami into our stadium.

I'am not exactly sure what that means, but it would be great to make traditions that are unique to our city.

Maybe have the team run through a bunch of old people playing dominoes. I dont know...you guys know what I'am talking about?

Want a Miami theme, FIU Fan? How about this idea... it was one I thought of years ago. I've been laughed at for this, but what the hell... I'm used to that.

Miami is known for its beaches... so, the stadium should make a big beach for the fans. Basically, grab an area of the stadium, section it off and fill it up with beach sand. Think of it like going to the beach... people can throw on a bathing suit, grab some beach chairs and umbrellas, grab a tan, throw frisbees, do whatever you usually do at the beach... and instead of ocean, you see a football game.

I've always liked that idea for a bunch of reasons. I don't know of anyone else in college football who does anything like that, so it's unique. Miami is well-known for its beaches, so seeing something like that on TV immediately says "FIU" (or could)... that's important when selling a program to fans and recruits. Third... and perhaps this is a bit sexist, but it's also a fact... Miami's also well-known for having "beautiful people". What better way to advertise that than letting hot-looking men and women watch games in bathing suits? Which, by the way, could also sell fans and recruits.

How it's done is less important.. but I would try to build it so that you could get a great view from wherever you sit. I'd also avoid the temptation to add some sort of body of water, since that could potentially be a lawsuit waiting to happen... but I guess you could do that if you wanted to.

I agree with PP on the brick campaign... it's a good step... but, let's be honest. It's not exactly a new idea. Plenty of places do things like that. What FIU should try to do is something out-of-the-box... and I think my idea would qualify. I like the other ideas here, too... especially the "panther bank". That's certainly unique. That's what FIU needs to do... something unique.

Agreed on the charity idea posted by 11:39. Beach is cool too. Another idea is to do something with a torch, which is also one of FIU's many public symbols. Perhaps a big bowl shaped
torch might look nice somewhere high and visible, or at the entrance.

I love the idea of the piggy bank for charity, that's a great idea.

The piggy bank is an amazing idea! What a great idea to help saving the panthers.

I really like your ideas on creating something original for our new stadium PP. How bout palm trees lining the Panther walk/concourse that circles the field. You can intersperse the real palms with man-made Orange trees in homage to the Orange Bowl (which might even be a reminder that we were the last D-IA school to win in that facility).

I like the ideas so far a lot. Especially the panther statue and the torch! The torch is a symbol of FIU and it would be fantastic to have a huge torch somewhere at the stadium or to light the FIU torch that's by Primera Casa and Graham Center (the one lit at the beginning of the school year by the Trail of the Torch ceremony) for a whole week after each win. Or even move that torch to the new stadium?

I'm likely going to be working with FIU Athletics on the entrance for GP Football and am looking for strong song ideas. Every time I think of a team that has an amazing song and amazing entrance, I think of Virginia Tech and Enter Sandman by Metallica. That song has really turned into an anthem and has such a GREAT start that it reallllllllly pumps up the Hokies. It really is a theme in the Hokies hearts.

Just watch....

I think this is what we all want to accomplish... maybe some day :) anyone got song ideas for me?!

Good luck next season guys, hope you give USF a run for their money....and I do like the idea of a sand box.. You can even start a club that has the rights to the sand area and to join the club you gotta be hot.. If the dance/cheer teams can do it why not the "FIU beach bums"

You could even call it the Litterbox (too much?)

Can't wait to have our rivalry be between two on-campus teams. GO OWLS!

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