20,000 students but only 4,000 at Games

Why do we have 20,000+ students at this school and yet we still struggle to fill up 4000 or 5000 seats at home games. Even games that are televised like the TCU game dont fill up the bottom level. For a large school with a fairly decent athletics base we are pitiful attendence wise. The school needs to address this problem and come up with some ideas. Any suggestions. And btw Ive heard rumors that ESPN College Gameday is gonna be broadcasting here for the Cincy game IS THIS TRUE???

I’m glad someone brought this up, because ya know, we never discuss this issue. :blink:

Welcome to the board, Chimer. I don’t have an answer for you… but a lot of people on campus don’t even know when we HAVE games. We need to target them on campus when they’re going to/from classes, and if some of them get tickets and say, “Well I’m not doing anything tonight, so wtf” maybe they’ll come to a game and get hooked. One fan at a time.

As for the College Gameday thing, I haven’t heard that, but it sure would be cool.

Yeah, Truthfully the only way a person will know on that their is a game on campus are those lousy little signs that say “Home Basketball game today”. I think those things are pieces of S@$t and half the time arent even accurate. We need to find some way to get students excited about games, but you cant sell alcohol at games. Were gonna have to find some way to get people excited and want to come. Its pretty bad when more people are going to a Bobcats game then a Charlote game when truthfully the Bobcats suck and Charlotte is pretty good and a hell of a lot more interesting.

:violin: Same old song that’s been played for 30 years now. I can tell you as a fact (because I was distibuting the student tickets) even as an 8000 seat school in the late 70s with an average team, that 1500 tickets were given out on a regular basis and the games were played at Cricket Arena. Seems like by now that tickets should have become a hot item for many reasons. I guess not.

I’ll just continue to support those students who do make the effort and I’ll continue making my drives south to campus.

[i]Originally posted by 49erchimer[/i]@Feb 1 2005, 05:05 AM [b] Why do we have 20,000+ students at this school and yet we still struggle to fill up 4000 or 5000 seats at home games. Even games that are televised like the TCU game dont fill up the bottom level. For a large school with a fairly decent athletics base we are pitiful attendence wise. The school needs to address this problem and come up with some ideas. Any suggestions. And btw Ive heard rumors that ESPN College Gameday is gonna be broadcasting here for the Cincy game IS THIS TRUE???? [/b]
Students get 4,500 seats. If 4,000 show up for a game, we're doing pretty good. Also, I think only about 5,000 students live on campus, may be less.

Attend the spirit meetings and go visit the ticket office to get more involved if you aren’t already.

Agreed. We are doing decent if we can get 4,000 to Halton to see non Cincy teams vs Niners. Didn’t know they only get 4,500 tix.

yes technically we have 20,000 students. but how many of them live at home with mom and dad and commute? i say we blow up the parking decks. down with commuters…unless you are in grad school, of course.

Cause a lot of students don’t want to go to the games. Only logical solution is to stop charging all 20,000 for tickets to games they don’t go to, and sell the tickets at market price to those who do want to go. But since when is life logical?

[b]Only logical solution is to stop charging all 20,000 for tickets to games they don't go to, and sell the tickets at market price to those who do want to go.[/b]

I think the idea is to increase attendance. Dividing the cost among 20,000 students and allowing students to attend for “free” certainly will draw a larger student crowd than forcing sudents to pay $10 at the door.

[b]I think the idea is to increase attendance. Dividing the cost among 20,000 students and allowing students to attend for "free" certainly will draw a larger student crowd than forcing sudents to pay $10 at the door.[/b]

Socialism sucks, and it never works. It has a record of failure so unbelievably one-sided that only an “intellectual” could defend it.

Which do you think more students would go for: Save $350 in athletic fees and buy their own basketball tickets, or pay $350 in athletic fees and get “free” tickets?

[b]Which do you think more students would go for: Save $350 in athletic fees and buy their own basketball tickets, or pay $350 in athletic fees and get "free" tickets? [/b]

No question, save the $350 in athletic fees. Then most of the students would spend that money on everything other than tickets. Oh, and the student attendance woulddrop by 30% at least.

[b]No question, save the $350 in athletic fees. Then most of the students would spend that money on everything other than tickets. Oh, and the student attendance woulddrop by 30% at least.[/b]

I deny your assertion that attendance would drop. But if it did, then those people must not want to go to 49er games too badly then, do they? So why should we force them? Just so you can get your way and have the bigger crowd that you want?

[b]So why should we force them? Just so you can get your way and have the bigger crowd that you want? [/b]

Exactly, and if that doesn’t work the students should be bound and gagged and forcibly dragged to Halton and then tied down to their seats.

[b]Exactly, and if that doesn't work the students should be bound and gagged and forcibly dragged to Halton and then tied down to their seats.[/b]

Can you at least keep their hands free so they can throw up pick axes during free throws

[i]Originally posted by NinerUpNorth[/i]@Feb 1 2005, 12:04 PM [b] Exactly, and if that doesn't work the students should be bound and gagged and forcibly dragged to Halton and then tied down to their seats. [/b]
This is a great idea!! Someone should bring it up at the next spirit meeting. Just strap them to their seat and let them yell and scream. Halton would be a very intimidating place to play.
[b]Can you at least keep their hands free so they can throw up pick axes during free throws [/b]

Sure, I’m reasonable.

[i]Originally posted by NinerUpNorth[/i]@Feb 1 2005, 11:04 AM [b]
[b]So why should we force them? Just so you can get your way and have the bigger crowd that you want? [/b]

Exactly, and if that doesn’t work the students should be bound and gagged and forcibly dragged to Halton and then tied down to their seats. [/b]


Love this idea!!

[i]Originally posted by NinerUpNorth[/i]@Feb 1 2005, 11:04 AM [b]
[b]So why should we force them? Just so you can get your way and have the bigger crowd that you want? [/b]

Exactly, and if that doesn’t work the students should be bound and gagged and forcibly dragged to Halton and then tied down to their seats.[/b]


And after that, the oral sex.

I think even if we went into the Big East we would still only have one sellout, Cincy. I don’t think we even sold out Louisville last year and they have been a long time rival and now have a big time coach. Let’s face it, we are years away from having consistently large crowds and student support. Although it has gotten better it recent years, I hope the move to the A-10 doesn’t keep students from supporting the program, or future alumni for that matter.

The move to the A-10 doesn’t hurt student attendance. Actually, most students I know are cooler with the move than a lot of alumni. I wonder if it will hurt Alumni attendance.

If we run the table in the A-10, then I promise you that it will help attendance more than you can imagine. Because if we do that, we’ll be a Top 15 program, and people will be fighting for tickets. We didn’t more to the Atlantic Sun, we moved to the A-10. This is a conference that had the #1 team in America and back to back National Players of the Year. This is not a conference that is really hurting for national coverage. Honestly, I bet if you asked people about CUSA or the A-10, right now the average sports fan could probably tell you more about the A-10.

They had two teams in the Elite 8 last year, if St Joes or Xavier was coming to town, even with them having down years, I promise you people would be there.

GW, Richmond, Temple, Dayton, UMass, Xavier and St Joes should all bring the crowds out as much as Memphis, UAB, Marquette and uhhh…who else is in CUSA besides Louisville and Cincy that anyone really cares about?

We play, what, 2 ranked teams a year in CUSA? Well, that’s about what we’ll face in the A-10.