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Fans React to Remodeled Memorial Stadium

WTIU's Dave Leno gets fans reaction to the newly remodeled Memorial Stadium after the season opener.

Thursday night, IU narrowly beat Eastern Kentucky by 6 points amid a crowd exceeding 36,000. The IU faithful knew Memorial Stadium’s atmosphere was going to be altered. But as soon as they stepped inside, they were truly blown away.

IU fan John Ashman traveled from Munie to see the stadium in person. “You see the front and you’re excited before you ever get to the stadium. Before, you come up there – it was just an open end. It really wasn’t very pretty.”

Last season, the South end zone was the band’s seating area. Now, it’s Knot Hole Park.

“I like it a lot,” said IU fans Ann and Rachel Skirvin. “And I like the new section where the little kids can play the little football.”

While the alumni and little ones filled the stands, IU women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack believes the student body can ultimately put IU football back on the map.

“I just love the fact that college kids are here. My entire team is here at a game. They couldn’t afford to come before and now they can afford to come. This is what it’s all about. It’s about the kids, and the kids are here. That’s what’s making all the difference.”

It was a night, Hoosier fans of all ages hope to relive for the 5 remaining home games this season.

Dave Leno

Dave Leno is a news anchor and sports reporter for WTIU. He mostly files reports on IU basketball and football. In addition, he is the play-by-play voice of IU volleyball, softball, men and women’s soccer and hosts the women’s basketball halftime show. Leno freelances for Action Indiana Sports Television, where he calls basketball games for Bloomington High School South. His broadcast history includes stints at IU Student Radio and 610 WIP in Philadelphia. Leno spent this past summer calling professional baseball games for the Camden Riversharks, an independent team based in Camden, NJ.

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