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An exclusive tour of the new Drake Stadium for eBlue readers

April 30, 2006
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The new field over Drake Athletic Director Dave Blank's shoulder was raised four feet to be level with the track. The infield is a FieldTurf artificial surface just like the ones used on professional football fields. The field is large enough to accommoda


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Workers continue tuck-pointing bricks the inside the stadium's historic façade facing Forest Avenue. At one point during the restoration, workers had so many bricks out of the wall that the wall had to be reinforced by anchoring steel cables to the old st


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After years of waiting, the press box at the stadium is under a major overhaul that includes creating more workspace for journalists covering Drake sporting events, an elevator for disability access and a new president's box for special receptions and cel


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On the outside, the stadium press box has gotten bigger and will soon sport the Drake University name as workers race to complete the work before the Relays. The seating of the stadium dropped slightly from 18,000 to 14,000 with the renovations, but all w


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The new scoreboard, which is partially installed now, will be able to make video presentations as well as keep fans up to date on the latest races. Buel Field, home of the Drake softball team, is visible in the distance.


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The new track new meets international competition standards. When certification is complete, Drake Relays records will again qualify for world records and the University can host any track event except the Olympics.