We received the following letter from Juli Stephens ’80 expressing her feelings about the placement of memorial bricks at the new stadium.
I was thrilled to finally visit Waco and see the new stadium this past weekend. It is a wonderful facility and something of which to be proud. I also took the opportunity to find the memorial brick we purchased. This was the real downside to my visit. Even though I knew that some of the bricks would be located in the tailgating area, I was not aware of the “big picture” and was very disappointed to see our brick located in this area.
Even though the idea of a Bear Walk is good aesthetically, I believe it was a bad idea to put anyone’s memorial away from the stadium side, especially when there was more than enough room on the stadium side for everyone’s memorial. If there did have to be a “walk,” it would have been more appropriate on the main bridge. Or barring that, no “walk” at all.
However, the main cause of my disappointment is the fact that many of the people who paid less for their memorials (smaller bricks) had their bricks placed (for lack of a better word) in a “classier” location. Again, this was for purely aesthetic reasons and not justifiable given the financial commitment involved. Very disappointed.
Juli Stephens, Class of 1980
What do you think? Did the university do the best it could to optimize the placement of the memorial bricks?