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The tunnel under Trinity Rd is complete, Will allow fans to walk from tailgate to Carter-Finley

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As you’ve probably heard, NC DOT has been working on an underground tunnel that connects one of the main NC State tailgating lots to Carter-Finley Stadium.

Well, that tunnel is now complete and ready for use during this weekend’s game. This means Wolfpack fans can have fun at their tailgate and not worry about getting mowed over by a car while trying to cross Trinity Rd (one of the main arteries to the stadium). Here is a sneak peek at what it looks like, thanks to Wolfpack podcaster/journalist James Curle.

The tunnel is located near the intersection of Trinity Rd and Youth Center Dr.

Not only does this keep pedestrians heading to the game safe, but it also allows traffic to flow without having to yield for pedestrians every 3 minutes near that intersection.

The completion comes at the perfect time as NC State has two home games in a row before the NC State Fair takes over the lots.

** Image courtesy of James Curle. Speaking of James, he’s been creating NC State content since 2011 and he’s always done a high-quality job. If you’ve been a fan of his over that time, make sure you throw him a few bucks for a 6-pack soda.

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Check Out This NC State Themed Corn Maze!

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The Granville Haunt Farm has raised the bar of what it means to be an NC State fan.

Grey Blackwell, who graduated from NC State’s College of Design in 1992, runs the Haunted Corn Maze in Granville County every year, and this year the maze is also a shrine for all Wolfpack fans to experience. As you walk through the haunted maze, you are walking through the shape of the Tuffy head logo, the block “S” logo, and the word Wolfpack.

A company from Idaho designed the maze to fit the space and then arrived in August with two small John Deere tractors equipped with GPS to direct them where to cut. It took them about a half a day to make Tuffy appear in Blackwell’s corn field.

“It’s an agri-tourism event, so it made sense for NC State to be part of it,” says Blackwell, who has season tickets to NC State football games.

(NCSU)

With Fall getting in full swing, you should take a trip out to the Granville Haunt Farm. Prices start as low as $10 for individual attractions, and it’s right under an hour drive from the Raleigh area.

Check out their website here, and you can buy tickets before you go.

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NC State putting on big party for The Brickyard’s 50th birthday this Saturday!

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If you went to NC State then you’re obviously familiar with the Brickyard, but do you know its story?

Before it was actually made of bricks, it was a bunch of “warped planks sitting atop the muddy red quagmire that separated the old Erdahl-Cloyd Student Center from the shiny cylindrical marvel called Harrelson Hall that rose near the railroad tracks on NC State’s main campus. (NCSU)

**Note: Harrelson Hall was the first cylindrical building built on a college campus in the United States, however, it was torn down a few years ago because it was sinking. What it once stood is now a raised park.

In 1966, NC State decided it was time to do something a little more permanent and they started paving the area with red and white brick. They dubbed the area “University Plaza” but everybody just called it ‘The Brickyard.’

The Brickyard became a central gathering place for students. It was where they congregated, grabbed lunch, studied on a nice day, or just relaxed. It was where they celebrated and where they protested. It became a big part of the NC State college experience, so much so that when they graduated students would steal a brick as a memory of their time in Raleigh.

If you went to NC State, then you are part of this history. So make sure you join the alumni association and NCSU Libraries as they host the Brickyard’s 50th birthday party this Saturday (Sept. 22) from 10 am to noon. (meaning you can attend and still get home to grill-out before watching NC State vs. Marshall at 7pm.

Attending will cost you $5 if you’re a member of the alumni association and $10 for non-members. Kids are free. You can register here.

Here is a list of what they will have going on…

We hope to see you out there!

 

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NC State University continues to climb in the US News rankings, ACC ranks #1

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The good news just keeps coming for NC State University.

Almost a month ago, Money Magazine ranked NC State as the #1 college in North Carolina when it came to value.

Now, US News & World Report has moved NC State up to #80 on their national “Top Colleges & Universities” list. Among public institutions, State was moved up to 32.

Leading the way was the NC State engineering department, followed by the Poole College of Mangement. Here is a blurb from the release:

The Poole College of Management continued to climb up the list of undergraduate business programs, moving up four spots to No. 87 in the nation. Poole’s undergraduate accounting program also made the list this year, ranking 54th.

Undergraduate engineering moved up two spots to 32nd place. Industrial engineering jumped two spots to 12th place and biological and agricultural engineering ticked up one spot to join the top 10 undergraduate programs in the nation.(NC State)

Meanwhile, the ACC as a whole showed great numbers in this same report.

For the 12th consecutive year, the Atlantic Coast Conference leads the way among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences in the “Best Colleges” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. (ACC)

ACC schools combined for a 54.7 average rank and it’s the only FBS conference to have 6 members in the top 35.

While NC State is moving up, they have a way to go to catch the schools in the Top-40. Duke is #8, Notre Dame is #18, Virginia is #25, Wake is #27, UNC is #30 and Georgia Tech is #35 and Boston College rounds it out at #38.

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Yow says ACC Network “single most important thing for future of athletic program.” Is she right?

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A year from now, the ACC will finally have their own ESPN-partnered channel. That launch couldn’t come soon enough for the ACC’s athletic programs who are at a disadvantage against schools in conferences with their own channels. Just take a look at these numbers…

As you can see from NC State AD Debbie Yow’s comment (she is @gopacknow), she is banking on this deal to really boost revenue for NC State.

However, this venture is not without risk.

As reported by Sports Business Journal, each ACC school is being required to spend anywhere from $7-10 Million to prepare for the launch. That is a high price tag for sure, but ESPN is requiring these schools to basically build TV studios into their facilities.

Schools are expected to be capable of producing multiple linear-quality broadcasts at once, in addition to digital broadcasts and videoboard content. Each school will have four to five control rooms, with at least two with linear capabilities, and there are plenty of further costs out there, ranging from $100,000 for a camera platform to $1 million to run fiber-optic cable from the venues to the control rooms. Oh, and at some schools like North Carolina, there are major construction or renovation costs (around $4 million in the Tar Heels’ case) just to get suitable space for these control rooms. (Awful Announcing)

So is expecting the new ACC Network to be a cash cow the right move?

In an industry where revenue is strictly tied to winning, there is very little stability in long-term financial planning. So, if you’re going to bet on one sure-fire way to increase revenue, betting on the new ACC Network seems like the right play.

It helps that the SEC and BIG-10 are basically ‘proof-of-concepts’ for the idea, and both are out-earning the ACC by a large margin.

If you’re wondering why there is any concern at all, it’s because traditional TV subscriptions are on a downward trend. Cord-cutters and app users are really eating into the old model of bundling channels and ESPN is one of the last hold-outs. The sports media monolith still refuses to launch a standalone app that gives you access to all their live channels with playback ability.

Sure, with live sports and tons of licensing rights in place, it could get dicey, but ESPN has had a TON of time to figure this out and all they have to show for it right now is ESPN + (and WatchESPN, which is tied to a cable subscription).

It’s really still not clear what the vision for ESPN + is. Is it ESPN doing a test-run on their ability to produce an industry-leading standalone app? Or is it some idea hatched by execs with wallets bloated from years of traditional TV contracts, basically hedging their bets and getting SOMETHING in the app store because the entire sports-watching nation is pressuring them to?

At the end of the day, I think this nation is sports crazy enough that no matter what ESPN does with their digital delivery, the ACC Network will be a success. But just how much of a success likely depends on ESPN figuring out their positioning in this new generation of television.

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