New stadiums could learn from old USU

 

 

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The grand  tour of the new press box at Utah State will occur Thursday, before the Aggie-Weber State football game. I wish I could be there. But I’ll be writing a column on the Utah-Southern Utah game at approximately the same time.

I bring this up because the new press box has an elevator. Back in the day, at least one sports writer I knew avoided covering USU games because he had to walk up the stairs. It wasn’t a short walk; more of a hike. The tough part, though, was walking down to do post-game interviews, then hustling back up. But I always viewed it as a mini-workout for a group that usually doesn’t get a lot of exercise.

At the same time, I loved covering Aggie games right up to the death of the old facility. You could sit in your seat, tear open the shutters and throw up the sash…

Poetry aside, you could simply open the windows and feel like you were at a football game, not watching back home on TV. In addition, Romney Stadium (now Maverik Stadium) had something none of the other press boxes in the state have, even now: a shelf under the table, to store papers, notebooks or, nowadays, a laptop. It seems a small addition, but it was a great organizer.

I’m hoping the new facility includes the same.

After all years, builders could still learn something from a press box constructed in 1968.

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