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Calhoun offers solution to AFA game day traffic: Move north gate

Published: September 20, 2013, 12:13 am, by Brent Briggeman

Might the Air Force north gate be moved away from the I-25 exit and deeper into the academy?

If football coach Troy Calhoun has his way it will.

Once again this week, Calhoun spent part of his Tuesday afternoon press conference sharing his opinion on ways to enhance the football experience at Air Force.

Weeks ago he talked about the need for stadium renovations that are currently at the fundraising level. In a time where watching games on television is becoming more and more like the real thing – minus the hassles and expenses – Calhoun stressed the need for a modern facility where basic necessities like concessions and restrooms are easily accessible.

“You better make sure you have a venue and you better have service – no matter what you’re doing that may involve a ticket,” Calhoun reiterated this week.

He then made a new suggestion.

After being questioned about the potentially small crowd for an 8:15 p.m. game against Wyoming, Calhoun said such a crowd wouldn’t be a first at Falcon Stadium. He pointed out that games played at all different times and even against opponents like Navy have at times failed to bring in big crowds. One reason pointed to was a perception that accessing the base is difficult.

“Simply move the gate,” Calhoun suggested.

He thinks relocating the north gate checkpoint to a point west of the stadium and closer to the dorms would allow freer access to games. He also opined that the visitor’s center might benefit from a move to a spot free for civilians to access without difficulty.