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IU Introduces New Football Game Day Initiatives

With five days until kick-off at Memorial Stadium, IU athletic officials are talking about more than just wins on the field.

  • Fred Glass

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    Photo: Bill Shaw

    IU's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass gives the media a tour of the new stadium additions.

  • New parking 'purple' lot

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    Photo: Joe Hren

    The former gravel lot northwest of the stadium is paved increasing parking capacity from 1,200 to 1,850 spots including eight acres of green space.

  • Football Ribbon Board

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    Photo: IU Athletics

    The 200 foot long "ribbon board" is on the facade of the north end zone.

Since his first year as Indiana’s Athletic Director, Fred Glass has seen football attendance jump 32-percent. Season ticket sales this year are in line with last season.

Glass says fans will see some new features and modifications of others such as ‘the walk.’

“We’re going to reconfigure the red lot, where the fraternities and dormitories and kids like to have fun before the games and the team will actually walk through the center of that,” Glass says.

A large 200 foot “ribbon LED board” is being installed on the north end zone facade.

The gravel “purple” lot northwest of the stadium is now paved along with eight acres of green space. 730 new trees will be plated this fall.

Verizon and AT&T are updating their infrastructure to improve cell and texting service in time for the September 27th Maryland game.

And new clocks at some Bloomington bars and bookstores are counting down the minutes and seconds until the season opener against Indiana State Saturday at Noon. Hoosier great Anthony Thompson will be recognized during pre-game ceremonies.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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