Prairie Wolves fans are by now well aware of recent ground-level changes at Abel Stadium made possible by private gifts. Weary Field has sported Field Turf for years; a bronze prairie wolf has stalked the stadium gates since 2008; 2009 brought the 10’ x 18’ video board; and just this spring, the track received a new gold Mondo surface.
But to see the stadium’s most recent addition, you must set your sights a little higher. Extending 70’ at the top of Abel Stadium is the university’s new press box. The new structure doubles the square footage of the previous box, which was built in 1986.
The Gardner Foundation, which previously supported the construction of the university’s video board, funded the addition.
Completed in November, the new press box features sections for each team’s coaches, video and scoreboard operators and local and visiting television and radio media. Sheltered video cameras are stationed atop the box. The press box is now wired for webcasting and real-time statistics sharing.
“The enhancement of the press box will provide functional space for coaches, press and broadcast media and game operation workers. It also gives us the ability to webcast NWU football and soccer games,” said Athletic Director Ira Zeff. “We truly appreciate the generosity of the Gardner Foundation for helping to upgrade the appearance and functionality of Abel Stadium.”