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Official Review by Aaron S. Terry, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Built in 1968 as Romney Stadium, the venue was renamed Maverik Stadium in early 2015. The revenue from this name change will provide funds for additional renovations, which are currently ongoing, including a new press box, luxury suites, and club seats on the west side, as well as new video boards in both end zones. Previous renovations added locker rooms, offices, and box seats on the north side, but also reduced capacity from over 30K to the current capacity of 22,044. The field itself is named after Merlin Olsen, arguably the most famous Utah State alum of all time - Olsen is in both the college and pro football halls of fame.
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Maverik Stadium doesn't have a ton of offerings, but provides enough variety to suit most tastes.
Food options include pizza and Chick-fil-A sandwiches for $4-$5, as well as hot dogs for $3.25 and hamburgers/cheeseburgers for $5.50-$6. Snacks include nachos, popcorn, pretzels, candy, and churros for $3.25-$4.50, or chips for $1.50. You can also find sno-cones for $3-$7 depending on size. Most of the stands are located on the concourse in front of the south end zone, but there are also stands on the east and west sides.
Drinks are available at the main stands or in smaller stands that only sell drinks. Options include Pepsi products in bottles or from the fountain, bottled water, sports and energy drinks, hot cocoa, or Sobe. Alcohol is not sold on-site.
Maverik Stadium has a decent atmosphere, with many fun activities before and during the game, but even at full capacity does not have a large crowd.
Almost all the seats on the west side are plastic chair backs, while the rest are metal bleachers. There is a lot of elbow room, though - strangely enough, the seats have actually been enlarged in recent years; you can still see the old (faded) numbers on the bleachers, and they are spaced more closely together than the new ones. The stands are a little higher off the ground than other venues (read: further from the field), which is nice, because you can see the action a little better, but there is also less intensity in the front rows.
The fun starts before kickoff, with the team entering the field through a tunnel that spits fire. Then, Big Blue (the ox mascot complete with nose ring) rides around the field on his motorcycle. Later, t-shirts are fired into the crowd to keep the fans engaged, and the staff plays music throughout the game that fans can dance to. See Big Blue on his motorcycle here:
The west side has the best seats and keeps you out of the sun, but if you can't get (or don't want) those, the south end zone is also a good bet - the closer to the west side, the better.
There are plenty of restaurants in town, a few of which would make a good pre or postgame hangout. There are also some interesting things to do in the area, especially if you are willing to drive a little. And most people say the mountain backdrop is gorgeous.
While it may not be your typical bar and grill, Takara Sushi is a great place to hang out before or after the game, with plenty of screens to watch games or highlights, great food at low prices (rolls are $5-$7, are large, and are made with premium ingredients), and a decent beer selection. Takara is located about a mile from the stadium. There are also plenty of other options, ranging from fast food to upscale - Tandoori Oven (Indian cuisine) is the closest one to Maverik Stadium, and is connected to a gas station.
Logan is a little out of the way (about 30 miles off I-15), but you can find hiking trails in Logan Canyon, or skiing at Beaver Mountain. Also, if you are willing to drive about 45 minutes south/southwest, you can visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site, where the railroads came together in 1869 to finally connect the United States.
The Fans at Maverick Stadium are solid - they cheer when they are supposed to, and sing the fight song with enthusiasm when they score, and the student section (nicknamed "The HURD") shows up attired appropriately for special events like white-outs. Unfortunately, capacity has decreased over time, which suggests they may have trouble selling out - at a typical game the stands are mostly full, but not completely.
Listen to them singing the Aggie fight song here:
Parking is relatively inexpensive and easy to find, and there are plenty of bathrooms for the size of the crowd, though some are better than others.
Parking is only $10 for spaces 4-6 blocks from the stadium; the lots closer in are reserved for those with parking passes.
There are entrances on both the north and south sides, but the south entrance is far better - if you come in on the north, you have to walk all the way up the hill (above the center of the east and west stands) and then walk down to your seat. But if you come in on the south, you can proceed directly to any of the three grandstands (east, west, or south - recall that the north only has box seats).
The stadium is easy enough to move around, and there are plenty of bathrooms. While none of them are great (all of them are small and a little dilapidated), the ones on the east and southeast are nicer than the ones on the west.
Attending a game at Maverick Stadium is worth the cost - tickets are cheap, concessions are lower than average, and parking is fair.
Tickets start at only $13 for bleacher seats, and start at only $26 for chair backs - definitely worth it unless you have a large group, and even the highest rows are not that far from the field, since the stadium is so small.
One point for the mountain setting, which visitors tend to rave about.
A second point for the unique attractions in this part of Utah, such as the skiing and the Golden Spike Historic Site.
Maverik Stadium is a decent little stadium to visit, and is very family friendly. It's worth a visit if you are in the area, or if you want to see your team play on the road, and don't want to fight the crowds at a large venue.
Member Review by dmortimer
You may know the late Merlin Olsen for his Hall-of-Fame-caliber NFL career or perhaps his post-football acting career. Those in Logan, Utah, consider him a favorite son. The Logan-born Olsen is easily the most notable athletic alumnus of Utah State University, as evidenced by the school's decision to add his name to its football stadium in late 2009. Prior to its homecoming game in 2010, USU unveiled a majestic, larger-than-life statue of Olsen that now adorns the stadium's South entrance.
Member Review by aggieballer4life on Oct 10, 2012
Romney Stadium is gradually becoming one of the best atmospheres in the State of Utah! Still not the best but it is getting pretty dang exciting!!
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