Just going through a couple of the threads and reading about a new stadium and/or a renovated one.
I can't help but think of how awesome it is to see a game at that stadium. I've been to a number of baseball stadiums, a few football stadiums and a bunch of hockey arenas...none, save for Chicago Stadium, compare to the mighty Ivor.
When you walk through the concourse areas, even with the recent updates, it feels like a classic stadium. The skeleton beams, the cinderblocks...then the smells and sounds of football. That din of people discussing the game loudly, or chanting and cheering while lined up for the washrooms.
The good naturedness of everyone and honest atmosphere make you comfortable--and, willing to get into the spirit of it all.
The proximity to the field of all the seats makes everyone feel a part of the game. Even up a the back of Sec 20 (or is it 21), you know that if you yell loud enough, that QB can hear you. The sidelines being so close to the fans enhances this even more. It's the perfect recipe for atmosphere--fan involvement.
I know that the honesty and relative hard-nosed nature of the fans makes the atmosphere, but the stadium is what allows them to feel involved. No matter where I'm sitting, if a referee blows a call, everyone is lettin' him have it!
I also love the atmosphere down in the horseshoe, nice and close to the endzone crazies. The place just explodes when the Cats score down there-- or the roar of a goal line stand makes you shiver. Not to mention the verbal lashing that the ejected visiting plaers take as they walk to the dressing room! Or, conversely, the mandatory standing ovation our ejected players get for fighting the good fight.
Anyway,,,I could go on and on. Just hope that the roar at Ivor Wynne continues for a long, long time.