HPSS Getting Ready for Kickoff

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers is hard at work to have High Point Solutions Stadium ready to go for the start of the season. ScarletReport.com went behind the scenes on Wednesday night to check it out, and has more on what fans can expect when they arrive at their tailgates Saturday morning.

Rutgers fans, your wish has been granted.

First and foremost when it comes to the changes at High Point Solutions Stadium this season, there are more restroom amenities. There will be more room in the northern end zone as well to make it easier to move around the stadium.

Construction is ongoing.

“As you can see we’re working down to the minute to get Big Ten ready and to get a lot of physical projects finalized as well as providing a best in class experience for our fans,” said athletic director Julie Hermann. “In a short amount of time there were several things we needed to fix. One was the eight-foot expansion of the walking area in the North end of the stadium. There will also be more restroom amenities, which is key. That project will be ongoing during the course of the season.”

Here is a look at some of the other changes to expect.

  • Rutgers will not have Wifi, but projects improved cell phone service.

  • Parking lots will open five hours prior to kickoff with shuttles to the stadium beginning three hours ahead.

  • New food options will be made available inside and outside of the stadium. Some additions include Rita’s water ice, macaroni and cheese, barbeque stands, a taco stand and special options for gluten-free and vegetarian eaters.

  • Bollards and cameras were provided by the Middlesex County Homeland Security office for enhanced safety at the stadium.

The ribbon advertisement boards span the majority of the field level, and move “The Birthplace of College Football” letters to an announced area of the stadium.

“Because of the new (ribbon) boards we’ll have the opportunity to have in-game entertainment that we’ve never had before,” Hermann said. “There’s also the safety benefit. You’ll see the text message that you call if you have any type of issue because we want our fans to feel safe in the stadium.”

Expanded walkways

Video boards readying for Saturday

Horse tryouts

Work on lighting

Soon-to-be men’s room

The band is on the field!

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