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What you can expect on gameday

By mrasor Published: August 25, 2009

The Buchtelite's story about gameday regulations impressed me. It discusses the policies for road closures, parking and tailgating. It's definitely worth a read if you plan to attend a game.
I'm disappointed about the prohibition against coal grills, but I think the university is doing a great job to create a fan-friendly gameday experience.
Here are some issues to watch in the coming weeks:
Will Hunter Yurachek and his staff continue their diligent work in selling tickets?
What other, if any, members of the athletic department will leave the university when Tom Wistrcill arrives -- either by choice or by dismissals?
Will Wistrcill and the new administration make any immediate changes to the first season at InfoCision Stadium, considering his overwhelming success in opening Minnesota's stadium?
Will Yurachek surface as a candidate for Kent State's athletic director job, which becomes vacant on June 30, 2009? (Man, that would throw another twist into this rivalry!)

    Other notes...
    Here is Tom Gaffney's story from today's press conference.
    The ABJ's Patrick McManamon wrote a column wondering why Yurachek wasn't given the job.

My thoughts...
A lot of people within the athletic department are dismayed about President Luis Proenza's decision. It was a surprise. Many employees have worked with Yurachek. They knew what they were getting: A knowledgable, gregarious person who was great to work with.
Try to think of it from Proenza's perspective, though. The university had the opportunity to snag a person who had accomplished the exact thing that will be most important for Akron. He made a new stadium into a financial success.
People don't realize this, but Akron is paying a mortgage of sorts on InfoCision Stadium. The university must make service payments on its investment. Candidly, Proenza knows thing could go in one of two directions. 1) InfoCision Stadium opens with a blast, then fades into the back of everyone's memory (see Canal Park). 2) InfoCision Stadium helps to create a network of students and alumni who become life-long Zips fans (see Jacobs Field).
Could you entrust this task to Yurachek? Yes. But is there someone whose life experiences better suit the job? Yes. For that reason, I side with Proenza.
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