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ODU Fan Forums was officially launched on April 1, 2014. No, it was not intended as an April fools prank. With the collaboration of a few fans from Old Dominion and a need to connect with Alumni, Students, Fans, Faculty and all that had a passion for ODU sports, we recognized the necessity to link us together. As a member of the “Growing Monarch Nation” a few of us felt disconnected. We had not upgraded into the expanding Social Media Universe. The reality was a few of us had been left behind. We were amazed at the overwhelming potential of the E-World and social media to build a loyal fan base. There are lots of ODU fans out there, most are not aware of the fan forums and ways to connect with other fans. We felt, with the inclusion of more people, we may have the ability to unite and have a voice in ODU’s rapidly changing future. There may be a time when it is critical and import to mobilize fans, and to connect quickly. Our desire is that we can grow in numbers. This may enable us to have an influence on things that are important to Old Dominion. We hope everyone will continue to connect with friends and old chums as we share a beer at games and passionately cheer for all our sporting teams. Being a fan is an investment. But, it is now time to grow by the hundreds maybe thousands as we connect a web of fans, a link that will make us a stronger Monarch Nation. ODU Fan Forums Twitter ……. ODU Fan Forums@MonarchsAimHigh
Monarch Nation …. We are starting with a simple message. There is strength in numbers. The more ways Students, Fans, Alumni, Partners and supporters can keep in touch and communicate with other the stronger we will grow as a fan base. The fact is Members of Monarch Nation will all prosper and have a more visible presence with more fans and greater numbers. There will be times when we will be able to join as one and make a difference. It starts with a simple goal and message. Join Monarch Nation and making a difference. One person may not be able to make big changes, but if we join together little by little we will grow and watch us flex our muscle “Aim High”
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Naming the new Stadium
Norfolk Southern Gateway Stadium
Norfolk Southern Gateway Stadium
At SB Ballard Field
Old Dominion should engage pursue with an aggressive campaign to demonstrate the special connection ODU can build between a fortune 500 company, Norfolk Southern as a sponsor or ultimately forge a connection for what could be a perfect marriage between Norfolk Southern, Hampton Roads the location, and Old Dominion University. Truly a marketing coup for Norfolk Southern for future exposure from national media outlets as they mention, recognize and promote Norfolk Southern continuously throughout a 2-3 hour broadcast. The constant mention at the national level would be worth many times any figure that would be absorbed by the exposure due to the unique location of the Stadium. Home to the World’s largest distribution rail center which parallels the natural convergence of the Elizabeth River/ Chesapeake Bay as they meet the Atlantic Ocean. ODU has a unique opportunity to tag for branding purposes a name that will always be associated with such an attractive natural occurrence. “Gateway to the Atlantic” historically was the reason Norfolk grew to prosper and thrive as it does today. There could be no more fitting a name “Gateway” regardless of the Stadium’s ultimate endorser’s name. Norfolk Southern however is the most natural fit and would tie in to the gateway theme for transportation as the history of the railroad opened Norfolk as a commerce center for the Mid-Atlantic and continues today to be the Gateway to the rest of America through Norfolk Southern.
A partnership should be extended to Norfolk Southern and create a visitors center, museum to tie the two together in the new Stadium. ODU and NS would be smart to encourage such a display to commemorate the history of rail in Norfolk and Norfolk Sothern’s impact on transportation commerce in America.
Old Dominion/Norfolk should than purse a Bowl Game for the City that would benefit the entire region. Cooperative initiatives between all the cities would promote VA Beach, Norfolk Williamsburg and show the world what an attractive destination we are year round for tourist and vacations. As for a Bowl location we are one of the most exciting destinations that East Coast College teams would be drawn to for convince of travel and a great place to visit. This should and would be received well buy the entire region and would be a bonanza for ODU for name recognition recruiting and maybe even allow us to become a player in the next round of conference realignment. I have listed below a few points to support a Bowl in Norfolk and why it would be a success.
With that said I have only one more point. The initial capacity of the new stadium should be no less than 35,000 seats to help expedite all the above. Any numbers below that will hinder Bowl selection and the future attractiveness to drawl the best to Norfolk.
Norfolk Southern Gateway Bowl
“Where Fun, Sand and Football meet at the Atlantic”
Would be an ideal place for a College Football Bowl Game
- Mid Atlantic Location (no other true competition)
- VA Beach/Norfolk/Williamsburg/Bush Gardens and other attractions
- Sponsorships from the Hotel Community and Tourist Boards
- Metro Area Population to support
- New Stadium on the Water great appeal
- Location Location Location
- Ideal for a CUSA vs. ACC/AAC sponsorship.
- Could have other tie-ins for sponsorships (Dollar Tree, Wells Fargo, Smithfield Foods…)
- Norfolk is now a Football town.
When your program is in its football infancy like Old Dominion’s there is no true rivalries that have been established. But the excitement and curiosity at the national level has opened doors for Old Dominion to receive interest for OOC games against the likes of Maryland, NC State, Vanderbilt, Pittsburg, UNC and East Carolina (ODU is in the last year of a two year FBS transition period). With anticipated future games against VA Tech and a soon to be released future OOC game schedule with home and home agreements, fans are anxiously wondering who? The administration hopes to wrap up a group of contracts for games they have been negotiating for an ongoing period of time (ACC, SEC and BIG 10, has been rumored to be in the mix). Potentially the administration has a plan and goal to schedule home and home games against other BCS opponents and regional competition. Many of these future opponents could very quickly intensify into rivalry games of the future.
According to ODU officials Old Dominion has been pursed and had many inquires for scheduling offers from a growing number of schools that have interest in Old Dominion and future dates (Alabama, according to ESPN officials). The administration has made a calculated decision to have a rotation of one FCS home game a year along with one home and home series with an FBS regional team along with at least one BCS school each year on our future schedule (NC State in 2015 and the VA Tech future series).
The bottom line is ODU will develop future rivalries with not only conference opponents but many regional OOC schools as ODU fans are treated to some of the most exciting top notch competition college football has to offer. Norfolk and ODU will continue to host the best and improve as time moves on. The philosophy of Old Dominion to Aim High says it all.
|2015 Old Dominion Monarchs Football Schedule
|at Eastern Michigan Eagles
Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI
|Norfolk State Spartans
Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium
|NC State Wolfpack
Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium
|Appalachian State Mountaineers
Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium
Don’t forget the Richmond Chapter of the ODU Alumni Association will sponsor the May 20, 2104 Coaches Caravan.
The Old Dominion University Athletics Coaches Caravan is headed to Richmond next week! For more info, visit: http://www.olddominionaf.com/2014-spring-coaches-caravan.aspx