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Fieldhouse Tour -- Second Floor & Patio Overlooking FIU Stadium Field

We conclude our first look at the brand new FIU R. Kirk Landon Fieldhouse with a tour of the second floorFhdeckfieldswcorner of the building and possibly the best seats in the house come game day.

(Click on all photos to enlarge and get a better view) To get to the second floor of the fieldhouse, you can take the elevator or stairs. When we were there to take these photos the elevator was yet to be installed.

We're going to go up the stairs located on the southwest corner of FIU Stadium. This is right by the tunnel where your Panthers will be running out of on game days. As you go up these stairs you get an idea of what the view would be like from the patio deck. This first photo on the right is from just outside the patio deck on the SW corner of the stadium. As you can tell, the deck is just about on top of the FIU Stadium field. And there are soccer markings on the field for the upcoming Gold Cup on Friday, July 10 at FIU Stadium. (your welcome, Gold Cup for the free plug).

The first thing you can see on your way up the stairs to the second floor of the fieldhouse is some extra space left for future expansion of the second floor. Of course, if there is even more expansion needed Fhexpans they can always get to building the third and fourth floors. This photo on the left is the area just to the left of MC's office if you are looking at the west end zone from the east side of FIU Stadium. Or in other words, if you stand on the side of the jumbotron and look toward the opposite end zone, then MC's office would be the first room going from left to right on the 2nd floor of the FH.

Let's go into MC's office. The FIU head coach's office is the only office with a view of the field and the largest of the FIU coaches offices. Take a look again at the first photo above on the right and that is what MC sees from his office. Now here on the right is a look inside the yet painted or furnished office of the FIU football coach.Fhmcoffice This photo was taken from the middle of the office looking at the east side of the office so picture the west side of the office being the same size space. You might be able to get a better idea of the office the next time we're there to shoot some pics and the place is furnished.

Before we go to the 6 extra meeting rooms/game day suites, let's have a look at the 125-seat team meeting auditorium.

The auditorium -- which is located across the hall from MC's office on the west side of the 2nd floor -- will have tiered-seating similar to the auditoriums you used to sit in college or high school.

Fhauditgt To give you a sense of the depth of the auditorium, we asked FIU hopeful walk-on offensive lineman Ralph Garcia-Toledo to stand at the entrance of the room. The photo on the left with RGT standing is from the north entrance to the room. Then the photo on the right without o-lineman RGT is from the south entrance to the room.Fhaudit

What will really give you a sense of how big this room is, is looking at the column to the right of RGT in the photo on the left. The same column is on the photo on the right without RGT. As you can see there is plenty of room beyond the column on both sides.

Let's go on to the meeting rooms/game day suites.

We took a photo of a double meeting room to give you an idea of the size of the only double meeting room and at the same time an idea of the size of one meeting room. All 6 rooms overlook the FIU Stadium field and all 6 have access to the patio deck. You can see in the photo on the left a wooden beam above -- that is the divider between the 2 rooms.

Fhdoubmeet Here on the left is a look inside a double meeting room. This can also be used for a large party of fans on game day or for hosting a large number of recruits on game days.

And now for what may be the best seat in the house on game day. The best seat in the house would be on the patio deck in the shade with a beverage watching some football. Here are a couple of photos of the patio Fhpatio deck. When these pics were shot the deck was just done and no one was allowed to step on it so we had to take the pics from inside a Fhpatiodeck meeting room/suite and from the south side of the stadium.

Let's finish the tour with views of the mezzanine located on the second floor overlooking the lobby of the fieldhouse. This shot on the far right below the patio deck shot is from the lobby of the FH looking up at the area where the temporary FIU Hall of Fame will be located. The Fhmezz second photo (near right) of the mezzanine is taken from the second floor overlooking the lobby.Fhmezzabove

We'll be back in the fieldhouse in a couple of weeks to take some updated photos and have them here for you. Been told the FH is just about painted and is in the process of being furnished.

Haven't forgotten your questions from the previous post. Will get to them on the next post.

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That patio looks super pimp. What does it take for us to catch a game from there?

BIG THINGS POPPIN AT FIU !!! WE GONNA GET SWOLE N DAT FIELDHOUSE. WE COMIN FO YA BAMA !!!

wow the patio looks sweetttttttt!!!!!

nice... nice...

Thanks for the update Pete.

Panthers on the rise!

I remember a while back that there was mention of a restaurant overlooking the field in the future. From these pics I can tell the view will be awesome.

Empin&ao!!!

We comin !!!

Da305atFIU - are you serious?

CC- why wouldnt he be serious we are coming for bama... and i dont want anyone to think any other way.. you go into bama w/ a mentality of defeat and thats just what you will get..

FO SHO !!

CrazyCane - hows it goin ... long time no posting garbage.

GREAT STADIUM FOR SOCCER FANS. wE NEED mls TO COME TO MIAMI.

I did not mean is he serious about what he was saying - that's all fine and dandy, what I was asking was if he was serious in the way he was saying it. I mean do you really want this blogs readership to think the FIU fan talks that way?

FIURage - in case you were unaware, FIU is irrelevent and during the off season - there is nothing to talk about. If PP wants to put up his updated predictions on a game by game basis for the 2009 season - then rest assured, I will have plenty to say.

PIKE is well represented on the football team and I can tell you that this will be a very much improved starting 22 from the team that lined up against KU. Add to that, for the first time a real 2 deep rotation with some impact players coming in with JUCO experience. From what I am hearing... these guys are focused on the process of football. We have great athletes but the football IQ needed to develop over time...many of these guys have only played 12 - 24 games total...

Awareness of down & distance, assignments, risk taking and penalties killed us last year. The false start that negated the TD against ULM in the closing seconds and the debacle with FAU has burned in real deep. Let's face it, 5 - 7 is tough to swallow, but even worse when you break down the process behind it. 7 - 5 and a bowl berth was within reach.

This team will surprise many of you, mark it down...7 or 8 wins is very possible. BAMA thought we'd be a scrimmage and UF expects to crush us in the 1st half for homecoming weekend.

THESE GUYS EXPECT AN EPIC BATTLE AND A CHANCE TO PUT FIU ON THE NATIONAL MAP !!!

well said fiupike. i guess crazy cane just got back from his epic journey to find his ****

CC - that was kind of a g@y comment by 305, but its probably u again using a different name. "Ya feel what im sayin kid?" jk

Mario Cristobal is a PAIN in the A** on the recruiting trail, I can only imagine how bad he will OWN us once that FIU team starts knocking off good teams ?

Can someone show me and Randy how to use the internet, I wanna learn to Tweet and break NCAA rules ?

Patio definitely looks nice!!!

Pete, what have you heard about Freddy situation? Barry Jackson had a little section about it today, but like always he always gets one side of the story. It's towards the bottom and page 2. Thanks.

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/columnists/barry-jackson/story/1131785.html

Great to see everything coming together. It will be amazing to see when the stadium is finished. A 45,000 seat state-of-the-art venue, on campus, with facilities that will be the envy of every team south of Gainesville.

http://thebiglead.com/?p=15542

College Football List Week: The 5 Programs that are the Easiest to Dislike
College Football TheBigLead July 8th. 2009, 3:30pm

1. Notre Dame - The most storied team in college football history has its own channel, is usually loved by the media (after a one-year hiatus in 2008, that should resume this year) and recruiting gurus, and has the largest and most spread out fanbase in the country. If you don’t like the Irish, September-December is going to be brutal; they’re going to be very good.

2. Florida State - Free Shoes University always seems to be embroiled in one scandal or another (Coles, Warrick, Adrian McPherson, the current cheating scandal, etc). Arrogance due to success in the 80s and 90s permeates throughout the program (must be a Florida thing. See No. 5). When it comes to ancient coaches, it’s much easier to dislike Bobby Bowden than Joe Paterno.

3. Ohio State - 1) What’s the deal with emphasizing THE before Ohio State University? 2) Why not just admit referees gave you the 2003 National Championship against Miami? 3) Stomping through a weak league and then getting smoked in the National title game twice in a row didn’t help the image. 4) In the insufferable fans department, the Buckeyes are at or near the top.

4. USC - A newbie thanks to an incredible surge in the last decade. Most of the hatred toward the men of Troy is due strictly to success. (Before you hammer the grinning Pete Carroll, he’s actually easy to root for.) ESPN has helped create a monster - remember how the 2005 Trojans were on the cusp of being anointed one of the best teams of all-time … and then lost to underdog Vince Young and Texas in a classic Rose Bowl?

5. Miami Hurricanes - Five or six years ago and the ‘Canes might have topped this list, but losing leads to indifference, not hatred. As a Miami fan in the 80s and 90s before we went to college, we fully admit they were brash and insufferable. Frequenty. Their last few years of futility would have dropped them off the radar if not for this embarrassing melee against FIU in 2006. A few Hurricanes in the NFL (past and present) who would qualify as punks: Shockey, Ray Lewis, Willis McGahee, Winslow, Sapp and Michael Irvin.

source: http://thebiglead.com/?p=15542

I disagree with some of the predictions after seeing the Bama game on Sat. Not having played a game yet puts FIU at a HUGE disadvantage.

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