Inside UNC Charlotte — December 2012 — Football Stadium

Inside UNC Charlotte — December 2012 — Football Stadium
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>>Dan Van Dyke: I started talking to the people here that
I know on campus; is this real, is this going to happen? I had been involved in Robinson Hall, Cato
Hall so I knew the campus. I love sports so this was kind of like my
dream project to do a new stadium.>>Eric Reichard, Chief Operations Officer,
Rodgers: It is very hard to find a school of this size
that has the grounds to build a football stadium, because most schools this size already have
a football team and they may add onto their stadium but they don’t build a new one. Most schools that are building one are much
smaller than this university. So to have the opportunity to go in and do
that is truly once in a life time.>>Brad Lambert, Head Football Coach: Yeah, that was interesting because this is
the first time that I have been on the inside of building a facility like this. We opened a facility back in March of ‘91,
we just kind of moved in there we really didn’t have anything to do with the process. This was a lot more fun because they would
ask my opinion on things, sometimes they would and sometimes they wouldn’t, but at least
you were involved so it was kind of fun from our end.>>Dan Van Dyke: You know we really were able to blend in the
architecture of the field house with the existing buildings. To see how it fit in the context was pretty
rewarding. The press box was kind of a unique challenge
cause we kind of called it our Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde building because one half kind
of responds to the architecture of the CRI campus and the other half wants to be as open
and visible to the playing field so that was a pretty unique challenge. We hadn’t done a building like that that
was kind of two sided. To see that actually come off was pretty exciting.>>Eric Reichard: Come out of the tunnel there is a capstone
over the arch where you come out of the tunnel that has the Niner logo etched into the capstone
and I always show that to people and think that is one that people will walk right by
but I think that is one of the best touches. There are not too many places on campus where
we put the logo into something that permanent and I love the fact that it is right there
and every time the players come out that is what they are going to come out under.>>Dan Van Dyke: I was here for the scrimmage a couple of weeks
ago and that was another cool experience to see actual fans in the stadium. I was talking to the coach after the scrimmage
and he was saying how loud it was and I think it was because everyone is so close to the
stadium. I think the atmosphere is going to be pretty
energizing.>>Brad Lambert: That was a big day for all of us, not only
players but for us as coaches, to walk out there and stand out there and take it all
in. I always think back to when we won the ACC
Championship at Wake Forest and beating Boston College that night and you just understand
that there are a lot of memories out on football fields that you get a chance to do things
that hadn’t been done before and to just kind of stand out there and think about there’s
going to be a lot of long after I’m gone there is still going to be a lot of people
having a lot of great memories on this field so that is fun to think about.>>Eric Reichard: It is truly an honor and a privilege to get
to do it, my whole team is extremely proud of it. I am particularly proud to be an alumnus and
to just be a part of it

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