by Ward Mullens, Published August 08, 2010
YPSILANTI - Well before the players take the field, there will be noticeable improvements to the Eastern Michigan University football experience.
"We want to make the stadium more fan friendly," said Derrick Gragg, EMU athletic director. "We want to give fans a great game experience, both on the field and off."
As the Eagles football team begins practicing in preparation for the first game Sept. 4 against Army, work has begun on the stadium as well.
"We want to improve the front porch of the stadium," Gragg said of the main entrance to Rynearson Stadium.
To that end, $15,000 in stadium fixes were recently approved and will be completed in time for the first game.
Changes will include enhancements to the main concession area, repairs to the sidewalk around the stadium; power washing the ticket booths; changing the front entrance from chain link fencing to more appealing black aluminum fencing; removal of barb wire on the fence and updating the graphics around the stadium.
Gragg said that a committee did a walk through in June and generated a list of ideas to help Rynearson become more fan friendly.
"I want the fans to know that we are focused on having a quality, first-rate program," Gragg said. "We want to have a winning program because there is nothing like playing in a packed stadium."