Sept. 2, 2010
RUSTON - Although Louisiana Tech will open its 2010 season Saturday night at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, the Bulldogs home venue of Joe Aillet Stadium continues to see plenty of action of its own as renovations continue on the east side of the facility.
Tech fans will get their first glimpse of the Quest for Excellence in action when the Bulldogs host Navy Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. - the first time an armed forces academy has played in Ruston.
Over the past month and in the coming days, crews are working around the east side of Joe Aillet Stadium completing the installation of a new black wrought iron fence and gates, renovating bathrooms and attaching LA Tech logos on the outer facade of the stadium.
Since early August, crews have been constructing 22 brick columns along the outside edges of the east side of the stadium as a new black wrought iron fence was installed, replacing the existing chain-link fence.
Sixteen state and T logos made out of steel will be mounted on the fence in between the brick columns while the LA Tech logo will be mounted on each of the four double 20-foot main entry gates.
Two smaller gates will be located on each side of the east side ticket booth, allowing easy access to fans after purchasing their tickets.
A pair of LA Tech logos were attached to either side of the Joe Aillet Stadium lettering on Thursday along the upper façade of the stadium, providing a much more aesthetically pleasing appearance from Tech Drive and the boulevard running past the practice fields.
Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde said that the bathrooms on the east side of the stadium are being almost completely renovated and will be ready in time for the home opener against Navy.
All of these improvements can be credited to donations already raised by the $20 million Quest for Excellence capital campaign that will eventually lead to a 90,000-plus square foot facility in the south endzone of Joe Aillet Stadium.
This facility will benefit all of Louisiana Tech's student-athletes as it will include a new academic center, a new state-of-the-art sports medicine facility and a new strength and conditioning complex.
The new facility will also include new meeting rooms, a new auditorium that can be used for large classroom teaching on campus and team and department meetings, a Hall of Fame memorabilia area, a video room with state-of-the-art video capabilities, equipment room and a large premium seating club that will sit high above the south end zone.
Individuals wishing to make a gift towards the Quest for Excellence campaign can do so by accessing the website www.quest4excellence.com or by calling Adam McGuirt at the Marbury Alumni House at 318-255-7950.