Gameday Experience to be Enhanced in 2010

RALEIGH, NC -- The NC State Department of Athletics has worked diligently over the off-season to upgrade numerous aspects of the game-day experience at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Some of the improvements should be evident before fans even enter the stadium gates.

The Walk of Champions, which allows fans to greet the football team when it arrives at the stadium complex, will have a different location this season. The buses will drop the team off at the Stadium East lot, which will give a larger number of fans easier access to cheer on the coaches and players as they walk to the Murphy Center.

Tailgaters will find it much easier to recycle their trash at the stadium, as volunteers from WITH (Wolfpack in the House), the Wolfpack Club and the WE Recycle program will be distributing trash and recycle bags throughout the parking lots. Tailgaters may leave their bagged recyclables and trash on the ground next to them and the bags will be collected by the end of the game.

Once fans are inside the stadium complex, if they have questions or need assistance, they will be able to visit Guest Services booths on the concourse level and even Guest Services tents in some of the parking lots. These areas will be manned by staff that have undergone extensive training to ensure that they are familiar with solutions for any issues that may arise.

After kickoff, other changes should also be noticeable. There will be more student seating in the lower level of the stadium, giving the Wolfpack's most vocal fans a chance to be closer to the action. A renovation of the sound system and a plan to implement more music from the NC State Marching Band, "the Power Sound of the South," will also help enhance the atmosphere during the game.

If at any time during the contest, a fan notices an issue that requires staff or police assistance, they can utilize the new Wolftext service.

Using a cell phone from any provider, a fan can text the word "PACK" followed by a space and the message to "69050" and the problem will be reported to an on-site Command Center.

Leaving the game should also be much easier in 2010. Athletic staff members have met with city and state officials to develop a plan to improve traffic movement into and out of the parking lots. Traffic flow should be smoother with the use of the new Edwards Mill Road extension that connects to N.C. 54.

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