Here you go from sunny Miami.
The walls are going up all around the fieldhouse and the inside is being put together. The following are photos of the FH taken a few days ago. Please click on each photo to get a larger view.
Here above left, you can see the opening in the west end zone stands has been filled with the concrete floor of the 6 extra meeting rooms/club suites. The white floor you see in the picture will be the patio area where the 6 extra rooms open up and give a west end zone view of the field. With the sun setting behind the west side of the stadium, this will be one cool, breezy area to watch your Panthers from with your favorite adult or child beverage.
On the right, we have a shot of the front wall of the fieldhouse -- but from an inside view. The area from a little north of the yellow Tonka construction toy vehicle and past the 2 pillars standing by themselves is where the 14,000-square foot weight room will go.
You can also see here the glass windows [rectangular openings] of the weight room where if you happen to walk by after July you could probably see your Panthers working out. As you can see the front wall of the FH is pretty high up. The area of the weight room is not expected to have a 2nd floor above it, so it will be one high ceiling for the workout area.
Here on the left is a better view of the weight room and the entrance to the fieldhouse -- the 4 rectangles at the end of the photo. There is the yellow Tonka toy and the 2 pillars. You can also see the back of the west side of the stadium on the right side of this photo. This sort of gives you an idea of how tall the FH is compared to the stadium. Notice the stadium concourse on the right is not that much higher than the top of the FH.
On the right is a better and closer look at the entrance to the FH. As you can see the FH is 2 floors for now (if the MLS soccer fellas want to have a business home it could be on the 3rd or 4th floor).
What is expected to go on floor 2 is the coaches offices, the meeting rooms/extra suites, a 100+ seat auditorium (NOT overlooking field), a Miami Herald office (nah, just kidding on that one, was told the space by the bar in the Stadium Club is reserved for the GPP).
On the 1st floor will be the weight room, FIU locker room with about 100+ locker stalls, an injury and rehab center, FIU coaches locker room, ticket office and possibly an FIU memorabilia store and Hall of Fame.
This photo on the left gives you a better view of the 2nd floor of the FH and you can see how far the 6 extra rooms/suites go back from the patio when you click on the photo to enlarge. Also the gentleman working with the bricks is building one of the coaches offices.
We'll have another look at the FH when it's filled out more in late March/early April.
Back to your FIU football spring tour on the next blog.
Gooch7: What year is Darold in?
PP: Darold Hughes will be a sophomore when the 2009 season begins. DH is in his 3rd year at FIU, but took a redshirt in his first season.
After our last poll question on being Number 2, we're getting closer to reaching the entire USA with the GPP. A reader in Albuquerque, New Mexico thinks Colt Anderson will be FIU's No. 2 QB this coming season. Apparently, so do many of you. As of this writing 67.7% of the GPP thinks Colt is ready to move up. Then 28.1% say Wayne Younger will stay at No. 2 and 4.2% think it will be Darold Hughes. Poll is still open. Here's the up-to-the-minute scorecard:
The GPP is now read in: 44 STATES: ALA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, CT, DEL, FLA, GA, HI, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MISSOURI, MON, NEB, NEV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, UTAH, VA, VER, WASH, WEST VA., WISC.
28 COUNTRIES: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Venezuela, Vietnam.
1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 1 TERRITORY: Puerto Rico.
Again, it's in the early stages, but let's see what you think....