Took a tour yesterday with some Miami Herald people and other media outlets that were there for "media tours" of the stadium. Let's walk on and let's thank FIU multi-media man John Angel for the following pics....
Before we enter the Stadium Club, here is the FIU Brick Plaza where all your bricks have been laid down. In the photo on the left you can see Jose Sotolongo (with glasses and white paper), a former National Spelling Bee Champion, spellchecking all the bricks to make sure yur naime iz speled riite. For a better view, like we've done in all our tours, you can enlarge all of the following photos, even Sotolongo's if you wish.
Let's mosey on in to the Stadium Club to see how it has progressed since our last visit.
The visiting locker room has nowhere near the comforts of the FIU fieldhouse and locker room as you can tell by the following photo on the left.
Before we head on out and take a look at the painted field turf and the jumbotron poles, here's a photo on the right of the wall of the FIU fieldhouse from below the southwest corner of the stadium -- which is the tunnel through which the Golden Panthers will enter the field from.
On to the field, here are some shots from the club level of the newly-numbered field. The white paint will be brighter come game day and here's another nugget for you: besides the new FIU logo with the Golden Panther at midfield, the end zones will be painted with "Panthers" and not have the white diagonal stripes that were originally planned.
And below here on the right is a shot of the poles that will hold the jumbotron video scoreboard. For FIUJM, was told yesterday that the jumbotron will go up next Wednesday, Sept. 17. ESPN will be at FIU Stadium later this week and early next week surveying the stadium for the best camera angles. ESPN contacted yours truly to talk about how they will televise the FIU/USF game and I'll see if we can get one of the ESPN producers on the GPP next week along with some photos of where the Worldwide Leader will place their cameras and the angles they will use.
Let's jump on down to the field level to give you pics of how close the sidelines and end zones are to the stands now that the field has been painted. Take a look here on the left and see how close the FIU sideline is in relation to the south stands.
My work is done. Now, you head out to FIU Stadium tommorrow and come on back here and tell FIU Nation what you think of your new home.
fiufan751: I believe it was TT who said "in order to be one of the best, you have to play the best." While I agree with this statement for baseball (and most sports that don't require physical contact), I believe MC's football schedule is going to be his undoing...Your thoughts?
GPP: MC is still playing the Strock/Mello schedule until 2010 when MC/PG take over the scheduling. I agree with you that playing 3 big boys right out of the gate is not good, but those are the cards the new coaching staff was dealt from the old. From what I'm hearing, FIU will still play the big boys in the future, but the games will be spaced out through the season so that they do not have a murderers row gauntlet to start a season like this year. In the last DS/RM sked next season, FIU opens the season at Alabama and then is home to Louisiana-Monroe. The game at USF is mid-to-late Sept. and the Gators game is in late November so at least there is some leeway there in schedule space. In 2010, when MC takes over the sked, the only OOC games set as of now are at Maryland in 2010 and a home-and-home with Akron in 2011 and 2012. FIU still needs to sked Top 25 teams for 2 reasons: $$$$ and those are the games the recruits want to play. With no disrespect to the Sun Belt, kids are not going to come to FIU to play Arkansas State or North Texas.
Quijote: We almost sneaked a win last year at USF, so why is everyone making these blowout predictions? They hardly escaped UCF last weekend. I know, UCF is a better team than FIU, but still...Your thoughts?
GPP: The FIU/USF game was in 2006 (21-20, USF) when FIU was coming in to Tampa with the No. 1 defense in college football in tackles for loss led by El Monstruo (photo on the right is vs. USF in 2006). FIU does not have the second coming of EM just yet, but Kambriel Willis and Jonathan Jackson have a shot to become that. Right now, UCF beats FIU so don't be surprised by the blowout predictions going on for USF/FIU, regardless of what UCF did vs. USF last week.
FIUFan: There they go again: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/679840.html Another poke in the eye. PP, by now you must sense an agenda over there. Can you please explain it to us?
GPP: I spoke with the MH's on-line editor today and told him that FIU is going by FIU alone and not Florida International. Hopefully, they have already started circulating all the FIU football media guides that were delivered to MH earlier this week. Some folks at the MH are getting the message, others need help. Sometimes I feel like FIU's Dark Knight over at the MH battling all the wrongs toward FIU. At least, I got help from Commisioner Maidique, I mean, Pres. Maidique, who called to complain about the coverage of the FIU/Iowa game.
UltimateFIUFan: Any word on ticket sales? Season-tickets? USF game sold out yet? Is the Athletic Department looking into possibly having the Joe Rose morning show do the show one morning from the sky-box of the new stadium. Possibly the Friday before USF?
GPP: Been told there are less than 900 tickets left for the USF game. Don't know JR's show schedule, although MC has been on JR's show. MC has also been on Sid Rosenberg's show as well as the Dos Amigos show and with Larry Milian (1 of the 2 amigos) an FIU grad and MC fan, I would have to believe Larry will be doing a show from FIU.
**The GPP rolls on reaching another one of the great states in our nation. Someone in Aberdeen, Mississippi logged on to the GPP and voted that QB Play is his biggest concern so far this season with the Golden Panthers. Kind of ironic, considering Brett Favre is from Mi -- double S -- i -- double S -- i -- double P -- i. So is Faith Hill (right).
Get your scorecards out and let's update the GPP Worldwide Readership: The GPP is read in 33 STATES: ALA, ARI, CA, COL, FLA, GA, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MO, NEB, NC, NJ, NY, OH, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, VA, VER, WIS.
13 COUNTRIES: Australia, Brazil, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, U.S.A.
1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 1 TERRITORY: Puerto Rico.
Whether you go to FIU Stadium tommorrow or whenever you get there, here's a stadium question: