Venue Review: RPI Football, East Campus Field, Troy, NY

I got a chance to attend a football game at East Campus Field on the campus of RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) this past weekend and I was extremely impressed.

A view of East Campus Field from the visiting sideline (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I had emailed their athletic department a few days prior to the game and they accommodated my request for media credentials. They even told me where to park to make it easier for me, which I thought was pretty cool.

Since I had a media credentials I didn't need to buy a ticket. However, their ticket prices are $10 for premium seating and $5 for general admission.

RPI is located in Troy, NY which has seen a major infrastructure overhaul the last few years with many new hotels and restaurants being built around the campus.

I knew it wasn't going to take me to long to get to RPI from my house but I still got to there early because I didn't know the layout of the campus and was pretty positive I would get lost. Sure enough, I did. However, their was a security guard there who directed me to the parking lot.

After I parked my car I headed down to the field which was only a short walk away. The stadium is immediately noticeable as it's an actually stadium, not a field. You get the feeling immediately that it's something special.

After getting my media credential I walked up the ramp to the stands and down to field level.

Some the banners as you walk up the ramp to the stadium (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The stadium was very clean and well maintained. You could tell the school takes great pride in it.

A view of the field when you enter it (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
One of the best things about the East Campus Field is their "jumbo" screen in the corner of the endzone. Not only does it give the feel of professional sports arena but also shows replays and graphics which is great for fans.

The scoreboard at RPI (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The atmosphere of the stadium was also great as they had a pep band and cheerleaders. It made you feel like you were at a "big time" college football game even though it was only a small school.

I didn't get a chance to wonder around the stadium and check out their concession stand or "pro shop" but they had both.

Overall, the experience was great. The stadium was beautiful, friendly, and definitely a great place to spend a Saturday watching a game.

Here are some more photos of East Campus Field:

The stands at East Campus field prior to their game against St. Lawrence (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

The 50 yard line. (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A view from the back corner of the endzone (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Another view of the stands looking at one of the campus buildings (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

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