"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Maryland men's basketball has announced an interesting ticket promotion. Season tickets in the upper reaches of the arena are still available at around $395 for the season. They are offering, however, a pass for $150 that gets you a seat for each home game until they lose at home. It could be a big bargain. Last year, they lost to Virginia at home in the B1G-ACC challenge, but didn't lose any others. This year's home schedule is Mt Saint Mary's, Georgetown, Rider, Cleveland State, St. Francis (PA), Md. Eastern Shore, Marshall, Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State, Northwestern, Iowa, Purdue, Bowie State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.
Troubled times in student-ticket land. Michigan is not the only school trying to figure it out. The Wall Street Journal ($paywall) article cites a number of newer data-points that say bathrooms and concessions trumps wi-fi. No mention of where jumbo-trons rank, however. The former athletic department regime's pursuit of "super bowl" experiences, "cutting edge" halftimes, and a rawk music driven festival atmosphere, all seem to have been mildly to wildly off track.
The piece leads with a pic of an embarassingly few Michigan students standing in a sea of empty seats at the Indiana game. I don't have the pic posting skill to put that image up, perhaps someone can oblige?
I was perusing the SXSW schedule today and saw that the linked event is happening today. It's a discussion of the challenges teams are facing getting people to attend games live when the home experience keeps getting better and better, and what teams can do to improve the in-stadium experience. One of the panelists is Jordan Maleh, Michigan's director of Digital Media.
Are there any MGoBoard members attending SXSW, and could we get a report from this? I doubt anything groundbreaking will be shared, but it will probably be very interesting to see how the speakers see and approach the issues differently. It ties into our ongoing discussions about student and attendence in general, and what our school is doing to combat the problems.
All of those empty seats we saw in a large number of non-Big House games this year were no mirage. College football attendance is at its lowest levels since 2003. It also seems that our students are not alone with respect to their attendance "issues" of the last few years.
I also thought this piece was relevant in view of yesterday's PSD increases noted on an Mgoboard thread.
Five of the six BCS conferences reported attendance decreases, and per al.comreporter Jon Solomon, the only exception -- the Pac-12 -- was an exception only because Cal left its temporary limited-capacity stadium setup in 2011 for its newly renovated Memorial Stadium.
Note - this was not OT because BIG football was discussed.
Interesting page, lets you choose which schools to compare
Takes attendance numbers from 2006-2011 and lets you see both average attendance per year as well as gross average attendance graphed vs. % of capacity. Of course the Big House is the Biggest House. We sell more seats than anyone, but the Horseshoe actually sells out more as a % of capacity. Lots of standing room in ohio?
Also, check out Penn State's numbers... and show them to Brandon before he actually prices out a bunch of fans.
I created a quick onnline survey in hopes that you all will take about 30 seconds of your time to fill it out when you are able. I'm curious as to how many MGoMembers plan on attending at least one game this year compared to their age and distance from the Big House, in particular. I think the results will be interesting and I plan on publishing them in a Diary entry some time after everyone has time to take the survey. Link? Link:
Thanks in advance for participating.
Sorry in advance to those that get annoyed by survey solicitations (I'm usually one of those people but I love MGoSurveys for some reason).