Ya Gotta Love It! Home Radio Booth to be Named after Voice of the Bulldogs

June 1, 2017

RUSTON, La. - On September 2 when football season rolls around, Dave Nitz will travel up the elevator to the press box at Joe Aillet Stadium to prepare for what will be his 43rd year as the iconic “Voice of the Bulldogs.”

Only this coming season, Nitz will walk into a radio booth with his name on the outside after it was announced that the home radio booth in the new facility will be named after the longtime play-by-play broadcaster and Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Famer thanks to generous donations from Steve Davison, Jason and Lana Bullock and John and JoAnn Allen.

“I can tell you that it was an unexpected honor,” Nitz said. “They asked me to come over and tour the new press box and then they had a nice lunch prepared for us. They start this slideshow presentation and then they go to a slide that says Dave Nitz Radio Booth. I had no idea and no clue that was happening, but it is quite an honor to have something named after you. It was very unexpected and I certainly didn’t think anything like that was happening, but I am very grateful for it.”

The West Virginia native has been a mainstay of Louisiana Tech Athletics since 1974 and will be the fifth-longest active tenured radio play-by-play announcer in the entire NCAA entering the 2017 football season. Nitz is also responsible for play-by-play for LA Tech men’s basketball and baseball. In 2011, he was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame, while he was also voted the Louisiana Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

“Dave Nitz is the epitome of what it means to be a LA Tech Bulldog,” Bullock said. “He is the greatest LA Tech fan I have ever known. I grew up listening to Dave call football games on the radio, and I will be forever grateful for his service to LA Tech and for what he has meant to Tech Athletics.”

Construction on Louisiana Tech’s brand new press box and club level is set to reach completion by the start of the 2017 Bulldog football season after work began on the project last August. The three-level facility will serve as the host for a program-record seven home games next fall, all of which will be called by Nitz in his new booth on the building’s top level.

"It is very appropriate to honor Dave in this fashion,” Steve Davison, who used to sit alongside Nitz as his color analyst for Bulldog football games, said. “His professionalism, talent and dedication sets him apart in the field of broadcasting. I am thrilled to know that his name will always grace the press box at Joe Aillet Stadium."

The new facility will be approximately 30,000-square feet, more than four times the square footage of the former press box and sky boxes. The top level of the new building will include a media work area two times the square footage of the existing press box, while it will also house visiting AD suites, coaching booths, national TV game day operations and home and visiting radio booths.

“We are proud to be involved with honoring Dave,” John and JoAnn Allen said. “To all Tech fans, he is friend and family. Even if you don't know him personally, he is the guy that is like a best friend helping you visualize what is happening on the field or court.”

The first floor of the facility will house 13 luxury suites plus the Presidential Suite. Each one of the luxury suites will hold 20 supporters and will include 12 outdoor seats, indoor lounge furniture, a kitchenette area and a big screen TV. Patrons will gain access to these luxury suites through a club area which will be used for catering food and beverage.

For more information on naming rights and how to support the Press Box project, please contact Marco Born at mborn@latech.edu or 318-257-2933.

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