Hi guys- great discussion, and one that has apparently spent several seasons in the making.
I spent my undergrad years at Wilkes and worked for the football program during all four seasons (2004-2007) that I was there. I haven't seen much on the MAC venues on here, so I hope I can throw in a little on each for your discussion. I will put the seasons we visited there after the school name.
Albright (2006)- Never saw it before the revamp. The new facilities are as nice as anywhere, but we visited during their last sub-par season, and there wasen't much atmosphere. We diden't have many guys form that area, so it wasen't as big of a trip as some others.
FDU (2006)- Again, never saw the previous version, although I heard plenty of stories! The current deal is quite nice and cozy, even with a bit of a walk to get to the locker rooms. There wasen't much visitors seating during our visit, but from what I understand that has been changed for the better.
King's (2004, 2006, 2007)- The Mayor's Cup always created a fun atmosphere, but the most noteable challenge was the wind. Our 2004 game ended in a 12-6 score- fantastic battle between Trichillo and Jackson in their final game, but not even any extra points. Kudos to the Monarchs for putitng in lights and FieldTurf for last season.
Lycoming (2004, 2005, 2007)- Very nice deal all-around, great atmosphere with everything being clean and worakble. We won a narrow game in '05 and lost the other two- always a tough trip and a good game.
Leb Val (2006, 2007)- Quite a nice setting out in the country, with plenty of wind. As with Lyco, great natural grass, and the Dutchmen gave us two battles each year we were there. My only complaint was the top of the press box was quite cramped (I was the video guy!!)
Delaware Valley (2004, 2005, 2007)- Obviously the first two years were some of the toughest games we played. Big crowds in the home bleachers every season, and always a good game. There was no platform to film from, so I always wound up in the stands striking up conversations. Also, the fried chicken in the press box was some of the best food in the MAC
Widener (2004, 2006)- Everything about the atmosphere reminded me of a small D-I program. Two very tough games, and a crowd that gets behind the team. I also remmeber it being very humid. We won both games, and those winds are among my most cherished from all four seasons.
Susquehanna (2004, 2005)- No longer in the MAC, but one of the most absolutley beautiful stadiums I have ever been in. Very nice setting all-around, and the train platform-style roof over the top of the press box was much appreciated when a rainstorm hit during our game in '04!!
Moravian (2005)- The scoreboard went out in a rainstorm when we were there, but the thing I remember best was the old gymnasium we had to get changed in! From a cameraman's perspective, climbing atop the grandstand building was quite unique.
Juniata- The only venue in the leage that I diden't get to, as we played them at home in '04, then they rotated off our schedule the next two seasons before bugging out of the MAC. I would like to catch a game there someday and visit the antique auto museum in town if I could on a free weekend.
Sadly, in terms of facilities, I would need to rank our very own Ralston Field as the worst in the confernece, pre or post-realignment. I know most all of the school administration- they do a fantastic job with everythiat Wilkes, but the football field and stands is the one area that falls short. The field has been in bad shape for several years, and the press boxes leave a bit to be desired compared to the others around the league. I know part of the reasons delaying a revamp have been the desire to include it with a complete revamp of the Ralston Field complex- hopefully this will come to fruition in the near future.