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Wolfpack Fans Will Howl Over Changes At Carter-Finley Stadium

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RALEIGH — College football season is just around the corner.N.C. State University fans are excited about the start of Coach Chuck Amato's second season, plus they cannot wait to see the newly renovated Carter-Finley Stadium.

The renovations mark the future of N.C. State football, and it is the beginning of many exciting changes -- among them, an impressive $2 million Jumbotron.

Stadium manager Ray Brincefield says the sound will be enhanced as well, with its massive speakers.

Chances are it will sound a lot louder echoing off the new seating area at the south end of the stadium. The new section will only add a few more seats, but they will be up-close and personal.

"(The game will be) right in your face like arena football," he says.

Brincefield says everything is on schedule and should be finished by Aug. 1.

A new tunnel, which took the most time to build, will eventually lead to the Wolfpack's new home.

"The football operations building is probably going to be one of the best out there," says Brincefield.

The target finish date for the building and phase one is January 2003.

Phase two will be enlarging the press boxes. The final phase is rounding out the stadium bowl, seating about 60,000 to 65,000 fans. The idea is to unite the Entertainment and Sports Arena and the football stadium.

"You can't have something old beside something new and try to tie it together," says Brincefield.

There is more good news. Crews are adding another bathroom facility in the stadium's southwest corner.

The Wolfpack kicks off its season at Carter-Finley on Sept. 6 against Indiana.


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