Argyle Unveils New Press Box For 2018 Season

Argyle Unveils New Press Box For 2018 Season

by Steve Gamel

The Argyle Eagles football season is well underway, which means you’ve probably noticed by now that Eagle Stadium has received a bit of a facelift in the form of a new press box. The old press box was removed during the summer after nearly 20 years of faithful service and replaced with a 60-foot long, double-decker modular box just in time for the Eagles’ season opener against Stephenville on August 31.

The new box is not only substantially bigger, but it has many custom features that will allow for a better game-watching experience for media, coaches, announcers, and home/away radio crews. “The old box served us well, but we have a more functional press box now,” Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said. “We had a chance to design it, and the plan is that it will get us through the next 20 years. It was time for an upgrade, and we’re excited about it.”

The original box was built by an in-house maintenance crew and, while basic in size and layout, it served its purpose for many years. But as the school district grew and the football team turned into a state powerhouse, it was apparent the existing box was no longer suited for the program’s needs. The Eagles have played in five state title games and continually draw packed crowds at their home games. Many of their games are against ranked opponents, which means local and state media tend to show up in droves. The same goes for scouts, coaches, and radio crews.

On many nights, there wasn’t enough room to accommodate everyone’s request for a seat. That will not be a problem moving forward. The new box has five rooms designated for specific personnel. Those rooms include two 8-foot spaces for home and away radio, a 12-foot room for home coaches, a 10-foot area for visiting coaches, and an 18-foot middle section for sports writers and photographers. The box also has a bathroom, which was not the case in the old box.

Southern Bleacher out of Graham built the new press box. Southern Bleacher is also the same company that built the stadium’s grandstands.

“I’m pumped about it,” Rodgers said. “It’s going to be really good for the people who have been operating with the bare minimum for the last 20 years since that box has been up there. Everyone has their dedicated space now, and it’s going to be great for them. I’m excited for them to have a better environment to do their jobs throughout the course of a game.”

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