Football facilities and expansion

#621

Our sad little field goal nets…

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#622

This weekend proved we need to expand. 18,000+ people in a 16,000 seat stadium. Marshall, App, Duke, Maryland, and CHeat are all going to bring big crowds. Let’s add 5,000 to 10,000 and some suites now. We are leaving ticket revenue off the table.

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#623

Sadly, next weekend may prove that we do not need to expand.

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#624

Sadly, next weekend may prove that we do not need to expand.[/quote]you need capacity for your Biggest games though. No team sells out every game

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#625

Yup, my thoughts as well. This Saturday’s game is going to take a major hit in attendance, but it is crucial that we have the ability to handle those games (mentioned above). I also hope, with the upper decks, that we can move the visitor’s section and possibly the GA and Reserved seating up there as well. Keep the lower bowl all students, FSLs, band, and season tix holders. From the A&T game and I have a feeling any big game we will have, I observed: the reserved sections next to the visitor’s sections, basically become the visitor’s section too. Would be nice to have the lower bowl dedicated to Niner fans when we get upper decks. I’m not sure how other stadiums handle that though (if there is some requirement to have a visitors section in the lower bowl).

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#626

This weekend proved what games with close, familiar, regional foes can do for attendance. I have said numerous times on here that when the P5 break off, we need to embrace a local regional conference. TV marker money will follow the P5. Athletic budgets will not be able to sustain travel for ALL teams to Texas and FLorida et al. We need to embrace the opportunity to at least draw out fans who CARE to watch the games because of the regional rivalry angle. Be it a conference with App, ECU, WCU, Wake Forest…whatever…or whoever is left after the P5 breakaway.

But that is what we had such huge attendance against even an FCS team. Local foe…that brings other local fans and both sides have a REAL interest in wanting your team to win because of that.

It only makes sense.

Schedule as many as you can even now if you want attendance to get to the point of justifying expansion.

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#627

This weekend proved what games with close, familiar, regional foes can do for attendance. I have said numerous times on here that when the P5 break off, we need to embrace a local regional conference. TV marker money will follow the P5. Athletic budgets will not be able to sustain travel for ALL teams to Texas and FLorida et al. We need to embrace the opportunity to at least draw out fans who CARE to watch the games because of the regional rivalry angle. Be it a conference with App, ECU, WCU, Wake Forest…whatever…or whoever is left after the P5 breakaway.

But that is what we had such huge attendance against even an FCS team. Local foe…that brings other local fans and both sides have a REAL interest in wanting your team to win because of that.

It only makes sense.

Schedule as many as you can even now if you want attendance to get to the point of justifying expansion.[/quote]when I thought cusa might have a chance to be a 2 bid league with the new additions, I would have been firmly against it. Now that it is clear cusa is going to be a 1 bid league every year, I don’t really care.

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#628

This weekend proved what games with close, familiar, regional foes can do for attendance. I have said numerous times on here that when the P5 break off, we need to embrace a local regional conference. TV marker money will follow the P5. Athletic budgets will not be able to sustain travel for ALL teams to Texas and FLorida et al. We need to embrace the opportunity to at least draw out fans who CARE to watch the games because of the regional rivalry angle. Be it a conference with App, ECU, WCU, Wake Forest…whatever…or whoever is left after the P5 breakaway.

But that is what we had such huge attendance against even an FCS team. Local foe…that brings other local fans and both sides have a REAL interest in wanting your team to win because of that.

It only makes sense.

Schedule as many as you can even now if you want attendance to get to the point of justifying expansion.[/quote]when I thought cusa might have a chance to be a 2 bid league with the new additions, I would have been firmly against it. Now that it is clear cusa is going to be a 1 bid league every year, I don’t really care.[/quote]

Are you talking about basketball?

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#629

This weekend proved what games with close, familiar, regional foes can do for attendance. I have said numerous times on here that when the P5 break off, we need to embrace a local regional conference. TV marker money will follow the P5. Athletic budgets will not be able to sustain travel for ALL teams to Texas and FLorida et al. We need to embrace the opportunity to at least draw out fans who CARE to watch the games because of the regional rivalry angle. Be it a conference with App, ECU, WCU, Wake Forest…whatever…or whoever is left after the P5 breakaway.

But that is what we had such huge attendance against even an FCS team. Local foe…that brings other local fans and both sides have a REAL interest in wanting your team to win because of that.

It only makes sense.

Schedule as many as you can even now if you want attendance to get to the point of justifying expansion.[/quote]when I thought cusa might have a chance to be a 2 bid league with the new additions, I would have been firmly against it. Now that it is clear cusa is going to be a 1 bid league every year, I don’t really care.[/quote]

Are you talking about basketball?[/quote]yeah, I just meant I would have preferred cusa as is originally because I thought the basketball schools could potentially make it a 2 bid league. That clearly won’t happen, so I’d rather cusa and the sbc consolidate and form more regional conferences to help drive interest and attendance.

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#630

A regional CUSA is basically the socon, which isn’t bad for football, but basketball officially dies. I mean, it’s arguably dead already, we just haven’t pronounced it

Oh and I agree about Expansion. Can you imagine if we ever actually won at home? We’d need 25k easily just for our fans.

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#631

If we can draw 18,000 when we suck, imagine what we can do when we are good.

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#632

I would imagine many people didn’t get tickets as well when they saw SRO tickets were all that was available.

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#633

App is gonna be one interesting environment if we don’t at least have temporary seating. Their fans all live in Charlotte anyway, so they may just come tailgate.

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#634

Sadly, next weekend may prove that we do not need to expand.[/quote]you need capacity for your Biggest games though. No team sells out every game[/quote]

Exactly!!! And NN and I almost never agree, but EVEN we agree on this.

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#635

Agree 100%.

We have a proven record of healthy attendance when we offer a compelling product.

Hell we almost fill up trans America for men’s soccer when we have a big game like cusa tourney or NCAA. And that’s when it’s really cold. The reason?? Quality play and competitiveness!!

I second all the commenters on this board who have pointed out that all we need is a good product on the field/court and people will come out.

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#636

clt can report that we will have a few lawn chairs out for the appy game.

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#637

North Texas building an indoor practice facility.

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#638

Another example of what others in our state are doing.

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#639

[quote=“Mr. Bojangles, post:638, topic:30091”]Another example of what others in our state are doing.

Go Big or Go Home it seems for ECU.

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#640

ECU Budget is 44M compared to our 37M. In 2006 their athletic giving was 4.1M ours was 5.7M. in 2016 ours was 5.4M and theirs is 9M.

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