- Aug 15, 2011
Yes, they looked good. Nice to se ethe university smarten up and offer free tickets to a half empty stadium for students who pay $50k in tuition. The unfortunate reality is there seem to be enough regular ticket holders throughout the stadium who don't show up as we all saw plenty of silver at the stadium. It happened years sago but are we still paying for Buzz Shaw's "get a life" comment? Sure the noon start doesn't help but I'm afraid we may have lost a decent chunk of the local base.
The crowd looked pretty good on tv. A little sparse in the upper reaches, but no wide swaths of aluminum like I'm used to seeing of late. I was hoping they'd show a little more of the student section. There were several closeups of screaming kids, but I don't remember any wide-angle shots. Was it a big turnout?
Whatever is done to improve game attendance/dome atmosphere, it absolutely HAS to start with the student section. You will not find an exciting college stadium without a large, involved student section, these days dressed in whatever 'color-out.'.
The key to the students as a customer segment is that you have them, not even in your back yard, but in your living room seven days a week. Athletics needs to find a way to capivate the student base, which will help build buzz, create a better experience, bring in more fans, help sell recruits...and so on.