What would you like to see at Merlo Field?

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Post by DaTruRochin on Wed May 04, 2011 9:49 pm

Well, the Old Trafford Audi seats aren't subterranean (or technically a dugout I guess), so ref's falling in a hole wouldn't be a problem...

But perhaps this could swing some more advertising revenue to sponsor the seats?

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Re: What would you like to see at Merlo Field?

Post by keeper on Thu May 05, 2011 9:34 am

Install permanent seats/bleachers on the Student size and raise the height of the first row so that you can see over the film crew whenever they are at a game. On multiple occasions, the camera or microphone person would set up right in the line of the action taking place on the field. Bobbing in your seat to see the game and still missing a goal or great play definitely reduces the enjoyment of watching the game.

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Re: What would you like to see at Merlo Field?

Post by DaTruRochin on Thu May 05, 2011 12:46 pm

All good stuff, keep it coming! This is your chance to have a say!!


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Re: What would you like to see at Merlo Field?

Post by UPSoccerFanatic on Thu May 05, 2011 8:45 pm

I love the complex, so it's hard to suggest changes.

One shortcoming is that if one is sitting on the south side, east of the press box, one cannot see throw ins and corner kicks from the southwest side of the field. The converse is true if one is sitting on the south side, west of the press box where on cannot see throw ins and corner kicks from the southeast side of the field. I believe these are the only areas where the viewing lines are impaired. I don't know if there's a way to fix that, but it is a definite shortcoming.

I actually think I would prefer not to have a video screen, which presumably would be for replays. There's something about only being able to see only the play of the game and then having to wait for the sports news or video replay via the Pilots' website, that makes the game more real.

I agree the closing up the gap on the north side of the field, with bleachers installed, would be a very big improvement. Also, if increased capacity is to occur, the logical place would seem to be on the north side, perhaps with a couple more rows of bleachers installed above those already there. This would mean expanding the stadium to the north into the area between the stadium and the building.

A disadvantage to the possible "dugouts" or covered team areas is that fans on the south side, east end, would not have such a good view of the bench. That good view is an amenity for fans in that area, which includes the players' families, and makes for a very nice connection of the fans in that area to the team.

My grand-daughter is ready for her bedtime story, so that's it for now!

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Re: What would you like to see at Merlo Field?

Post by Guest on Fri May 06, 2011 12:12 am

I would love to see trees put back in or the wall built higher. It is so much more intimidating to make the other team feel trapped as well as making the entrance to the stadium a little more grand. What makes big stadiums and arenas so intimidating is that you cannot see inside to the playing area without actually being inside of the stadium.

Also, when the Timbers played their game against Chivas USA, some people were just sitting on a truck outside the stadium watching because they cut all the trees down.

Also, related to the Chiles Center, there are many places where there are sports listed on the walls (like on the corners). One of those sports is golf, which we no longer have. Will it be replaced by rowing?

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Re: What would you like to see at Merlo Field?

Post by DaTruRochin on Fri May 06, 2011 9:24 am

TO address UPSF, the two things that confuse me about Merlo's original layout are the off center gap on the student side, and the fact that they built obstructed view seats... I'm not sure if there is a remedy for the latter issue without a major renovation, so perhaps for the 20 year plan?

And to POTP... first off, welcome to the forum! Without a doubt something will be done on that side, I don't see a new wall being built up, probably too big of a project for so short of a time frame, but everything I've heard has led me to believe new trees will be planted. It will naturally just take a while before they grow and re-create the enclosure. Also, it seems to me that for the time being some flags (tastefully done) or perhaps a larger banner extended across that space would re-gain some of the intimacy (and keep out the cheapskates) for the time being. Sure it might not have the same character as the trees, but it could at least serve the same purpose

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This is all good and useful stuff and will be very helpful for determining projects for the upcoming season. At the same time it gives all of us a chance to voice feedback for your vision of Merlo and the Clive Charles Soccer Complex in the years to come! Keep with the ideas, no idea is too big or too small!!

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Re: What would you like to see at Merlo Field?

Post by Auto-Pilot on Fri May 06, 2011 10:19 am

Purplegeezer addressed the issue that is most bothersome to me:
A simple block to keep folks from walking in front of everyone during the games would also be good. Right now folks (especially preening teens) do a circuit in front of people who want to watch the games. At least make them go behind at the portcullis entry at midfield. That way they can only do half a circuit.
either that or make folks use the portcullis during the games and block off the ends of the front aisle. I have my seat higher to avoid that issue, but I bet the folks down front get annoyed.

Sitting in the front row of games can be extremely frustrating! And this is most annoying against the best opponents when the stands are full! I'm trying to watch the game but the same kids and adults walk back and forth in front of me several times a game. Their priority is not actually watching the game. Barring a structural redesign, people need to be directed to the nearest exit. Since I also sit near the center, closing off the ends of the front aisle won't help as much as funneling the people to the nearest exit. People on the right go out the right behind the stadium and people on the left go out the left. This doesn't cost a dime beyond the training time to communicate this to the staff. Also annoying are people walking by who slow down or stop to watch an exciting play developing and block my view so that I don't get to see that exciting play! Again, the event staff has to take charge and keep people moving.

Ah - it felt good to get that off my chest :-)

I also like the idea of sprucing-up the entryway to make it more appealing and befitting the great soccer complex that it is.

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Re: What would you like to see at Merlo Field?

Post by Guest on Tue May 10, 2011 11:35 am

I get the feeling that a renovation might be needed in the near future. I know they just did some upgrades to the aesthetics to the stadium, but when they cut those trees down they created some wiggle room to possible expand a little.

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