James Madison-Stadium

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- Mickey Matthews and James Madison
raised expectations for the Dukes' fan base significantly in 2004 when they claimed their first Football Championship Subdivision national championship.

Expectations might be even higher this season, thanks to a now-completed $62.5 million renovation to Bridgeforth Stadium that
gives the Dukes' a home field that looks, in part, like that of a
BCS school.

With a second level that rises 135 feet off the ground having been installed during the second phase of the two-year project, enthusiasm for the program may also be at an all-time high. James Madison is picked to finished second in the rugged Colonial Athletic Association, and that would be a welcome rebound after consecutive 6-5 finishes left them out of the playoffs, and in stadium rebuilding mode.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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