October 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm #22681
Lehigh is planning to move the press box to the visitors side of the stadium and convert the current press box to luxury suites. The process will heavily rely on Lehigh civil engineers and they are looking for recommendations.
If we too could keep it civil, I would be glad to pass on any thoughts.October 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm #22684
not a civil engineer, but the best upgrade to Goodman would be to move the stands closer to the field, how’s that for the most impractical recommendationOctober 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm #22685
That’s not in the plans. Specifically, I am looking for recommendations for what to include in either the new press box or the new luxury boxes.
Before anyone asks, I have no idea whether the new soccer initiative has any bearing on this decision and to the best of my knowledge, the scoreboard is not yet part of the renovations.October 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm #22688
Guessing soccer has a bit to do with it. Actually think its a good idea. TV of games can see home crowd as opposed to empty visitor side. It would be nice if they could expand old press box to get more suites.
Interior,dont know but hell at least make them nice.
Not practical but having stands closer would be nice.
At least its a start ,hope it gives some impetus to more upgradesOctober 16, 2015 at 6:10 pm #22690
3c. BathroomsOctober 17, 2015 at 1:43 am #22693
LFN is right; this is an issue also at soccer games, where there are no breaks in the action.
Also, most sporting venues nowadays have great food options — from items that represent the community to local beers.
It’s time Goodman get real. Why not have a small place to dine upstairs? Might be worth it if you could get more games/events there. Concerts? Exhibition soccer? U.S. National Team friendlies? U23 games?
At the Iron Pigs stadium, the second deck has an indoor bar/eating area.
Crazy ideas, maybe, but …
I like the idea of putting the press box on the other side. That side is usually amazingly desolate.October 17, 2015 at 3:11 am #22697
Love it. Just seeing the home side on TV/stream is worth it. Corporate boxes? Bonus.October 17, 2015 at 4:14 am #22699
One problem with the press box moving to the east stands is that the occupants and TV cameras will be looking directly into the nasty sun in the west. It’s hotter than blazes sitting over there in September, nice in November. I have walked over there on occasion during September games and you can get a headache from squinting all game,even with sunglasses.October 17, 2015 at 4:26 am #22702
I know it cannot be done, but I wish they had planned for more leg room. In the reserved chairback sections one cannot walk over to the aisle without the entire aisle occupants having to stand up. Probably goes hand in hand with the original design to be versatile for soccer by keeping the stands further back. The only real ‘bad’ thing about Goodman is he distance from the field. Other wise it is a comfortable stadium to move around in, rest rooms are great (and heated!). Would be nice to have a video board to “keep up with the Jones”; though for me I could take ’em or leave ’em. Just expanding the scoreboard to include “real time” stats like Delaware’s would be more to my liking.October 17, 2015 at 10:36 am #22706
The home front sideline can easily be moved closer to the home stands. Then, for every home game, place temporary bleacher sections behind the visitor’s bench, maybe 8-10 rows high.
For a home Lafayette event, or other large pre-sale match-up, do not place the temporary bleachers behind the visitor’s bench. Instead, place them in the end zones, or on either side of the upper level grandstand.
Certain things CAN be done to improve the game day experience, for those 5-6 home events.October 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm #22707
Doesn’t work from a logistics standpoint. The field is not flat. Football fields have a crown. If you lay down on the sideline and look across the field you will see only down to a person’s knees standing on the other sideline. This is for drainage. The crown has to be in the center of the field. To do what you suggest would require regrading the field and not only will that not happen, but it would prevent you from moving the field back to original position for L-L game.October 17, 2015 at 8:17 pm #22710
Hopefully if the press box is moved,the coaches boxes will also go to the other side.
Then the skybox would have space to add bathrooms and possibly an elevator.October 18, 2015 at 5:53 am #22714
My hypothesis is cameras can stay on west side, perhaps above the skyboxes or in small area between themOctober 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm #22729
My understanding is that this is in the preliminary stages at the moment, not something that’s coming by 151 or anything like that. But they’re looking into how it could be done. It could also be a part of the way to make the stadium better able to support the Philadelphia Union USL franchise that is coming next spring.
I like the idea of a press box on that side. Something to chew on as well, and I have zero idea how this might work, but… perhaps, if your making a box on the opposite side, you could buttress out something to cover a part of the stands?
This is more of a concept than anything but maybe something like this:
You know what would be perfect on that side of Goodman? Solar panelsOctober 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm #22734
There is a webinar this week to discuss this topic and offer suggestions. I don’t don’t know how the invitation process went but I will pass along ideas and report back if no one else here is attending.
BTW..you just touched on my pet peeve with Lehigh. They built this beautiful new (relatively now) STEPS building to address how science and technology can address our energy needs and there is no solar panel on it or anywhere else on campus to the best of my knowledge. That may have changed. How better to get hands on experience. I would also love to see a turbine or two on the top of the mountain but alas I digress.
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