The football stadium at Stanford Stadium is a huge, funky, dumpy relic. Built in 1921 with an enormous capacity of 85,000 people, the stadium has seen better days. The "seats" (benches) are small and uncomfortable, there are too many stairs that limit access, and too few bathrooms: Super Bowl XIX was held there, and I'll never forget the sight of dozens of men peeing over the upper stadium railing into the brush because they couldn't wait in line any longer.
So the powers that be have decided to blow the place up and rebuild it.
If you watched the Stanford-Notre Dame game last Saturday night, you might have noticed the heavy equipment waiting in the wings. They moved in as soon as the game ended, and here's what the place looks like now, only a few days later:
They're going to build a fresh new place that's scheduled, amazingly, to be ready in time for the first game next fall. The new stadium will be much smaller (50,000 seats), which better matches current demand for tickets, and will move the seats much closer to the field. And, no doubt there will be more bathrooms.