October 19, 2015 at 11:09 pm #22742
Good point, TMH, on solar and — especially, turbines.
The overhangs are great for wet soccer games.
Problem with investing in Goodman: relatively few games, especially if soccer does not last. For soccer to last atmosphere must be really fun.October 20, 2015 at 2:09 am #22747
Love the renewable energy ideas.
I would also leverage wifi however and wherever possible. Create a giant wifi hotspot at the stadium and find a way (in this new press box) to stream replays to mobile devices during timeouts/breaks in the action. Basically instead of building a giant video board, give everyone a video board in their pocket. Link it to social media so students can post replays to give their lazy friends FOMO (fear of missing out) for not coming to Goodman. Sell 10 second ads before the replays to sponsors for a little revenue.
Run trivia contests on a mobile platform for students in attendance to win food/prizes. Use drones to deliver the prizes to students in their seats.
Let the crowd vote on music at halftime in real time on their phones. Run all of it out of the new press box.
As for more structural suggestions:
– upgraded bathrooms
– more seatbacks
– small interactive hall of fame
– kids area with punt/pass/kick type contests
– catering facilities for suites/box seatsOctober 20, 2015 at 2:34 am #22748
d.) All of the above!!!October 20, 2015 at 11:31 pm #22774
LU needs to hire StablerBum.October 21, 2015 at 12:57 am #22776
dear Bum and cudd, if you do not attend football you really don’t realize the small attendance. Never had to wait to use a bathroom,all you need is one seat back and that is for you if you prefer. If the stadium was full of those it would show many empty seats. The hall of fame is at Taylor. Screw hifi instead of a video board,drunk students would rather see themselves on a big screen than posting replays they rarely watch anyway.Catering?Really.Just get there early and TAILGATE with the very lenient policies at Goodman. You must really love the smart phone/social media. Just show up,watch the game and cheer for Gods sake.
ps- lets also put a few windmills up in the corners of each endzoneOctober 21, 2015 at 1:22 am #22777
For an interesting read…see what Lincoln Financial Field has done in the way of sustainability.
I also read somewhere that they collect all their rainwater and use it to irrigate the fields and flush the toilets. They also save their cooking grease and use it to fuel some of their maintenance equipment.
I suspect that the price of much of this equipment has come way down since 2013 and the cost of generating electricity is going up. Just a thought.October 21, 2015 at 2:09 am #22778
[quote=22776]dear Bum and cudd, if you do not attend football you really don’t realize the small attendance. Never had to wait to use a bathroom,all you need is one seat back and that is for you if you prefer. If the stadium was full of those it would show many empty seats. The hall of fame is at Taylor. Screw hifi instead of a video board,drunk students would rather see themselves on a big screen than posting replays they rarely watch anyway.Catering?Really.Just get there early and TAILGATE with the very lenient policies at Goodman. You must really love the smart phone/social media. Just show up,watch the game and cheer for Gods sake.
ps- lets also put a few windmills up in the corners of each endzone
Gee Miller, sorry to offend you with my ideas. Next time someone on a public forum solicits ideas on how to improve Goodman – I’ll be sure to keep quiet.
– Bathrooms and catering are a requirement for suites. Otherwise whats the point? It’s not for the tailgate fans, it’s for whatever people are supposed to be buying premium seats. If those people don’t exist, what are we even talking about?
– I thought video board was off the table, hence the mobile replays idea. Also, “drunk students would rather see themselves on the big screen” is exactly my point – but there is no big screen. So put it on mobile and let them post it to social media, same end with a different solution.
– I’m sure that Hall of Fame at Taylor is really driving attendance at Goodman…
– The reason college sports are fun is atmosphere and students. Hence, getting more students at the game makes it more fun for everyone. If you don’t want mobile replay, don’t use your phone!! But anyone running a COLLEGE SPORTS venue, that doesn’t try to think of ideas that COLLEGE STUDENTS would appreciate – isn’t doing their job.
Sorry though Miller, you’re right. We should leave everything the same, that will improve the experience for everyone…October 21, 2015 at 2:16 am #22779
TMH – as one that retired from the electric generation world, I can tell you that the cost of electricity has dropped tremendously since deregulation, and the so called re-newable energy hoopla is a bunch of crap, wind is competitive only due to govt subsidies and solar only works less than 12 hours per day, no night football powered by solar, and the linc stuff is just PR bullOctober 21, 2015 at 3:05 am #22780
Not. Taking. The. Bait.
I come here to read and chat about LU sports stuff.October 21, 2015 at 3:09 am #22781
Lehigh is supposed to be a school on the cutting edge. We designed an entire program around using technology to provide for our future energy needs. Energy and Medicine are the fields of the future and yet we have no solar panels nor turbines for our students to learn to create and grow with nor do we offer anything in the bio-engineering or medical professions. To me that’s a shame.
While attending the Princeton football game I noticed that all the streetlights in town were powered with small solar panels. The lights went on at night. When driving past some construction site on the way back, the work area was lit up by incredibly bright lights with solar panels attached. All things are possible if we put our minds to it.
Now back to football. Go Lehigh!!October 21, 2015 at 4:13 am #22782
I’m far from an EE, but I’ll bet someone told Edison (and Bell) he was nuts — or what he produced was too expensive, too. I recently spoke with a CEO of a major energy producer and got some background — his company is huge on nukes and natural gas, but has growing investments in wind and solar.
The biggest problem with solar, as I understand it and now that prices of panels are coming down, is storing energy produced those X hours each day. (Assuming the LV is not too gloomy with its common cloud-cast and short days for good solar.) Now think of your first cellphone battery compared to the one you have now.
It would be nice for Lehigh professors and students to be finding solutions to the challenges you rightly posed.
That’s why football is so important at our academic institution?!October 21, 2015 at 9:50 am #22784
StablerBum has the RIGHT approach.
Make the in-person fan experience better! The current atmosphere at Goodman is STALE, and erecting solar panels is not what will cause students to suddenly realize “Gee, maybe we really should go to the games.”
Remember that brief, but ridiculous, prohibition of students from sitting on the grass banks? Or, the heavy-handed administration control of student tailgating, including noise and when they must shut down? Is there a student dress code to go along with that?
A giant video board is a must inclusion. So is continuous bus service to/from using a greater number convenient campus locations. Envelope the students with the experience, not discourage them.
As I always mention, the distance to the front sideline is off-putting to ALL fans, and reduces the excitement. Lehigh COULD simply use the front sideline designated for soccer. If anything, the opposite side seating should be moved-in. Either with temporary seating, or a rebuild using some of the existing pre-fab sections. Now, that’s a challenge for the engineering brainiacs at Lehigh!
Creating a new pressbox structure over there on the back of the current structure isn’t going to kick-start fan enthusiasm, nor increase overall attendance.
Wind turbines?October 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm #22789
Good digression. Science and technology are, for good or ill,what Lehigh is noted for. We should use the innovation that Lehigh touts to the world.October 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm #22790
great posts Stablerbum and Neighbor…….salute!October 21, 2015 at 1:11 pm #22791
Thank you for “getting it”. This thread was generated to address one specific issue that really is on the table right now. I will attempt to take many of your ideas back to the committee who is charged with developing a design for the new press box and sky box areas.
As for the rest of the posts, many of the suggestions would be nice if we were to start from scratch…but we aren’t. Almost none of them however will generate more student attendance however. This is an entirely new generation with entirely new options at their fingertips. Like many here, they can elect to watch or follow every game on television, on their computer and on their cellphones without leaving campus. They can play beer pong while watching the game and not be harrassed. If the game gets out of hand they switch to netflix or the 17 other games that are being broadcast at the same time. They don’t care about how close the seats are, they sat on the grass in the end zone. A video scoreboard while nice will not bring them to games. They have all the video and stats at their fingertips already. Football games need to be turned into a happening in order to pry them from their dorm rooms and fraternities. Just my thought but that’s for another thread.
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