EWU fans say field renovation is long overdue

Tailgating is about to get even better at Eastern Washington University, as they just announced some new plans to renovate Roos Field. The excitement still isn’t wearing off for fans in Cheney, as they say it’s much needed.

On the home opener today, fans were buzzing with excitement getting ready for the game.

Von Kolhe started going to Eagles games back in the ’60s, still going at it strong and celebrating with his friends today. He, his wife and his mother were all graduates from the school.

“Our tailgate’s set up with three of us go together on it, so we make a windbreak, and we have friends from, actually decades since high school, in the ’60s. A bunch of geezers come to our games and many, many Eastern grads,” he said.

Kolhe said he’s ready for some of the renovations the university is proposing.

The school plans to add more seats, increasing the chairback numbers from 480 to almost 1,300. The red turf will still be there.

“We need a facility for these athletes and the great job they do on the field and the great job they do in the classroom,” Kolhe said.

For Jason Scott, a fan and former football player for the college in the ’90s, he said it’s been a long time coming for the field to be upgraded.

“I think it’s great, gives them room to expand, do it in phases. Make a way better game day experience. They’ve worked hard at it. We just got to generate the funds to make it happen,” Scott said.

The cost of the whole project is estimated to be $25 million. The university will be generating funds for the project by asking for donations. Construction wouldn’t start until all the money is raised, and they will be fundraising for the next 18 to 24 months.

“Hopefully we can make this happen,” Scott said.

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