ISU football coach Paul Rhodes greets Paton-Churdan Principal Annie Smith during Tuesday's Tailgate Tour event in Paton. A number of P-C students were on hand.
ISU football coach Paul Rhodes greets Paton-Churdan Principal Annie Smith during Tuesday’s Tailgate Tour event in Paton. A number of P-C students were on hand.

Earlier this week the Iowa State University Tailgate Tour began with a stop at 209 in Paton. Among those signing autographs, posing for pictures, and having a good time visiting with fans and boosters, was head football coach Paul Rhodes. He talked with Raccoon Valley Radio about the recent announcement of enclosing the south end zone at Jack Trice Stadium with seating and other construction, including a main gateway to the campus. “You’re talking about the third largest venue in the Big 12 Conference, but a venue that many would argue is one of the toughest to play in from a crowd noise standpoint. Now, by closing it in you’re just going to magnify the noise even more, and that’s important to our winning efforts.”

Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard was also in Paton on Tuesday and he told Raccoon Valley Radio that filling in the south end zone is exciting. “It was talked about long before I got here.” He added that the response to the public unveiling has been overwhelmingly positive. “I think we hit a home run! We think it’s going to create a great front porch to Iowa State University.”

The changes are slated to be completed in time for the 2015 football season.

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