The Washington Times - September 9, 2008, 10:33PM

It’s time for a little bit of good news, bad news as it relates to stadium construction.

GOOD NEWS:Byrd Stadium will look like a modern facility in another year or two. Given the fact it was a dumpy little horseshoe not that long ago, progress has been made.

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BAD NEWS: The price of progress is a construction site that has to be packed up on game days.

GOOD NEWS: Despite the suite building, the Byrd concourse actually looks presentable on game days.

BAD NEWS: That concourse is off limits during the week, depriving savvy drivers of a place the campus parking factotums rarely (if ever) monitor.

GOOD NEWS: With no place to prepare Dining Services food, the Maryland athletic department is forced to resort to providing Chick-Fil-A sandwiches to its patrons and the press in Tyser Tower. Yum.

BAD NEWS: Progress means the lousy food will return all too soon and I’ll resume eating well before I arrive for games in the not-too-distant future.

BEST NEWS: As many of you know, there’s a construction camera perched in the upper deck. And as one loyal reader pointed out tonight, it has a state flag design in the end zone.

Needless to say, the coats-of-arms of the Calvert and Crossland families lend a different look to a football stadium. But unlike the homogenized world of pro sports, different is good in the college game.

Assuming the paint doesn’t prove to be super-slippery – and you never do know, since there never seems to be a dull moment in College Park – this might turn out to be a good idea in both theory and execution.

And, to state the obvious, you can never have enough of those.

Patrick Stevens