It's T-minus 5 days from the season opener in Dorothy's home state -- Kansas. The Golden Panthers were off today, but return to the practice field Tuesday. Still, no starting QB announcement. GPP's educated guess is No. 12 will be under center in Lawrence, Kansas at 7 p.m. Saturday. But No. 14 is going to play this season. Until we know for sure here's a story on FIU's top 2 QBs: FIU QBs
Let's proceed to the east side of the new FIU stadium and into the luxury area in the 2nd part of our 3-part August tour. Got the glitch fixed with the enlarging of the photos, so NOW YOU CAN ENLARGE all these photos and the ones on the previous blog.
Before we go to the Panther Club, let's walk into the visiting locker rooms and officials room. This building which is underneath the east stands (FIU student section - so that FIU students can stomp on the metal bleacher floors to make hearing a chore for the visiting teams). Here's a shot on the right of the visiting team's training room. The visitors training room like the visitors locker room contains 2 separate rooms. That would be one each for when high school teams or soccer teams use the stadium. For FIU's opponents, the doors separating these rooms would be open so that the areas would be one big training room or locker room.
Now when you yell "Hey, ref you stink (or something more vulgar)" during an FIU game, the official will know you mean his officiating, because they got showers in the officials locker room as the photo on the left shows.
The visitors' locker room is pretty boring and not too big -- it was built smaller on purpose to make the opponents as uncomfortable as possible. To give you a comparison with FIU's fieldhouse, the visiting locker room is 6,000 square feet. The FIU fieldhouse is 40,000 square feet -- nearly 7 times as big. Let's get out of the visitors locker room and keep moving. By the way, here on the right is what the outside of the visitors locker room looks like.
I know I probably have overused the Superman theme this month with references to his father, Jor-el and Alonzo Phillips, but when I first saw the holes in the ground for the new jumbotron video scoreboard, the first thing that came to mind was when Superman crash landed in that Smallville cornfield as a kid in the first movie. Here on the right are 2 of the 4 holes, that have been dug into the ground behind the east side bleachers for the new scoreboard.
The holes were covered by plywood, because when we took the photo it was raining.
Let's walk on over to the Panther Club.
Before we enter the Panther Club, take a look below on the left of a couple of pics of where the FIU Bricks are going to go. The first photo is of the square area where all the bricks will be laid before you enter the PC. The second photo on the left is of a GPP Brick that we laid down for the photo. (No, the GPP is NOT selling bricks for the website)
Let's roll out the red carpet for you good people and go on in to the Panther Club. Below on the right are 3 different views from inside the Panther Club. All that is left to do is for FIU to pick either tile or carpet for the floor, install the plasma TVs on the wall and stock the bar with booze.
On the last tour was told by one of the FIU staffers, that the photo below on the left will be my office.
Before we finish this part of the tour, here are some more photos of the Panther Club.
On the right here is a shot looking outside the PC windows into the south side parking lot. And then below left is a pic of what the Panther Club looks like when you walk in from the south side of the stadium.
Plenty to still show you in the final part of our August FIU Stadium tour. On the next blog, which should be up at some point Wednesday, we'll have: the view inside the club suites, the poles that will hold up the new jumbotron video scoreboard, photos of the field from the concourse, ESPN's view of the field and the view from Max's seat on the 8th row of section 114.
Congratulations to Yarimar Rosa for being named the Sun Belt Conference's Preseason Volleyball Player of Year. YR is a two-time All-American at FIU and likely a 3-time if she plays like she has the last 2 years.
CJ: See if you can get any pics from the student section next time. I will either sit in the first row or 4, 5 rows up depending how early I get into the stadium.
GPP: Will have 2 different photos from the student section on the next blog.
SouthPaw: How about a couple of pictures of the new helmet, with the panther eyes on the front? Are any pictures of the road uni's available?
GPP: Will have the Panther eyes photo on here soon. Trying to get road unis on here as well.
Gold: Will fans be allowed to sit in the west end zone during the season or will it be closed since it will be under construction through out the season.
GPP: Yes, the west end zone seats are open and fans will sit there this season. The patio/suites area (the holes in the middle of the stands) will be roped off so no one decides to take a dive down there.
FIUBlueandGold: So our guys will be dressing at the baseball stadium. What about halftime? Are they walking back over there? Is that street not designated for tailgating and tents?
GPP: That's the plan for FIU to use the new visitors clubhouse at the baseball stadium. They would be walking back over there at the half. The tailgating tents on the north side of the stadium will be parallel to the field. So there won't be any interference with the walk. Remember, there is no parking on the west side of the stadium, because of the fieldhouse construction.
esteban688 , FIUBlueandGold & FIUAce: I'm signed up to PantherPass at fiusports.com so I can watch the away games. They don't have the Kansas or Iowa games on the list yet. Is there any way you can find out if they'll play them? If not is there any other way to view it, or will I be stuck to my radio all Saturday? Any way of finding out which FIU games will be on TV?
GPP: Unless, you're traveling to KU, your Radio will be your best friend this Saturday. The only place you can see Saturday's game is on local Kansas TV where the game will be shown on a tape-delay basis. What will be live on Panther Pass is the radio broadcast of the KU game. There is no video for this game, unless you live in Kansas. The Iowa game is on the Big Ten Network, which you can see at any bar with a satellite. FIU has 2 ESPN Regional TV games: vs. North Texas and Troy. All the other Sun Belt games can be seen (video) on FIU's Panther Pass at fiusports.com or on the opposing Sun Belt team's website. The USF and Toledo games are not scheduled to be on TV, but that could change.
gpantera: Where can we find official FIU Football digital downloaded goodies such as wallpapers, fight song, pictures, etc?
GPP: FIU is redesigning its official sports website (fiusports.com) and will have all your goodies on there in the next few months.