arodd13 wrote:acecard wrote:Aceup13 wrote:
Winning and being relevant is almost the only way. We all had no problem showing up and filling student section and two sections behind when Wichita came to a solid Aces team 2 years ago
Being an exciting, fun to watch team that wins 20 games every year will solve a lot of attendance problems.
I'm not on the Student Section committee or anything, but as a student who has attended at least 90% of home games over the course of my time here, the biggest issue is the lack of awareness about games (which is a bad excuse in my opinion) and the perceived "boring-ness" of the on-court product. Students complain about games not being on campus as well, but the Ford Center is a 5 minute drive, which is less of a commute than many students have to make at bigger schools who might have a 20 minute walk across campus to the arena. Plus, the teams that do play on campus (outside of the occasional men's soccer game) don't get great student support either.
Another complaint is the actual set up for the student section at the Ford. It's not ideal, and personally, I much prefer to find an empty seat in the lower level and sit there with some friends, as it's just a better view. More students go to the games than you think, but it's hard to tell because everyone is spread out. I really hope that changes this year. I think something the Student Section Committee needs to do is target Greek Life, and make some kind of competition between fraternities/sororities and seeing who can get the most people at each game. I hate incentivizing things, but it definitely helps when trying to get people to do stuff.
That being said, there is a lot of excitement on campus with Walter. He is a big name who makes his presence KNOWN on campus. I see him on the south side of Walnut all the time, while I can't say I ever saw Marty outside of the Carson Center in my time as an undergrad. I think we'll see some improvements at games this year with a more exciting product on the court, and a coach who makes an effort to reach out to students and get them excited for games.
Well said, as a former student, I also heard all of these things very often and had a lot of the same experiences.
The location of the student section is still an issue that has been discussed. When I was a student I never sat down there because of two reasons. 1. The seats are bad. 2. Didn't know anyone down there (sometimes there was no one else down there).
McCarty being visible on campus and interacting/building relationships will be huge, as that hasn't happened for a long time. Hopefully that will increase the attendance dramatically. It just needs to become the "thing to do" again. That will get much more of them there.
The biggest key though is still getting the community to show up, as that's always the driver behind UE basketball attendance.