Bobcat stadium officials, workers prepare for second playoff game
From concessions and catering to the athletics department, the grounds crew and volunteers from throughout the community.
"It takes a lot of different people to come together to make sure the fans have a good time and the team has everything they need," says MSU Director of Operations for Sports Facilities Chris Hayden.
Hayden's been overseeing much of the preparations for Bobcat Stadium.
"It's enjoyable to be part of it, not quite the same as when you played sports growing up. Not quite that but you get a little bit of an adrenaline buzz...when you see everything come together... Everybody gets ready for the game," says Hayden.
Hayden says it gets a little easier with every home game. Despite the hard work and planning, he says, with any luck this next one won't be their last.
"The more home games we can have, the better, it means we're doing well and hopefully, we can win tomorrow night," says Hayden.
Folks with MSU say it's not just stadium preparations that keep them busy, they say a lot of work goes into ensuring parking lots are ready for fans.
"Making sure the tailgates are in proper order, making sure the signage is up, doing walk-throughs- the final eye test, mostly. Making sure it looks good so that when they show up, for the amount of money that they pay for these spots, you want to make sure that they're going to have a good day for their tailgates," says MSU's Associate Athletic Director for Development Josh Wanago.
Wanago gave us a tour of the stadium. He calls himself a fundraiser and says he's been busy talking with boosters and fans, making sure their tickets are in place.
"There are a lot of them that are little bit older, they don't trust technology, so they want to make sure that their tickets are going to be at will-call," says Wanago.
Yet, Wanago says the real work began last Saturday, after the first playoff game. Crews cleaned tailgate areas, making sure they're presentable for all of the travelers on Kagy.
Well into the season, preparing for the big game may seem like clock-work but Wanago says the playoffs are different.
"It's more of a rush, you don't know what's going to happen, you have less time for it but you know what to do," says Wanago.
Nevertheless, like Hayden, his reward comes on game-day when he sees the excitement Bobcat football brings to fans.
"Last Saturday's game was so cool to see how electric and how electrifying this crowd was at the Stony Brook game," says Wanago.
He says it's an electricity he hopes will last long into the post-season.