Before, taking in a Jamestown Community College men or women's soccer game felt little different than taking in a high school contest.
Keith Martin is making sure that's no longer the case.
Martin, JCC's new athletic director, and a host of others, have been hard at work improving both the atmosphere and the playing conditions at the soccer field, all with the hopes of making these athletes' experiences playing at the college level a memorable one.
"That's what we wanted to accomplish for the kids," Martin said. "We wanted to make their competition a memory for them, and with these little things that we're adding we're hoping we do that."
Among the changes have been the re-sodding of half the field, moving the players' benches closer to the locker rooms, adding a PA announcer in order to give fans updates on the action as it occurs, refurbished seating for spectators and, soon, a new flag pole that will fly an American flag donated to the college by military veteran Peter Carlo.
"We changed the field to better equip the athletes," Martin continued. "The athletes were on the other side of the field so we moved them closer to the training room. Everything is a little more accessible for them."
The changes are small, but Martin notes they'll go a long way towards improving both the fan and player experience during games.
"I was put in place (as athletic director) just three weeks ago," he said. "We tried to do as much as we could for the first game as quickly as possible but you can't do everything at once. I think this is a big step, and hopefully everyone sees an improvement."
According to women's coach Dana Shelters, the players are excited about what's happening.
"The field is in great shape and the girls are excited to play," he said. "With the new sound system and new sod, it's all creating that (college) atmosphere for us."