"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."
Who's going to the Slippery Rock game?
This might sound bad, but in all seriousness, I'd rather see a good local high school game.
If it wasn't such a money grab (aren't tickets around $20???) then I might consider it.
$20 is a "money grab"? Seriously?
Yes, it is.
$20 for a ticket. $5 for a pepsi. $4 for a slice of pizza.
For what? A D2 football game that will have no excitement, no emotional connection, no gameday atmosphere.
Like I said, a high school game would be more fun for a fraction of the cost.
No emotional connnection? The UM Slippery Rock connection goes back decades.
No matter how fun I think it is that we announce a random D2 school's score during timeouts, I am not emotionally invested in any of their games.
Would anyone really be that estatic with a Rock win? Or devastated with a Rock loss?
No, but its quirky and fun and I like it.
Exactly - that's my point. It might be fun... if the weather's nice and the cost is cheap. But I'm not at all emotionally invested in the outcome of the game which makes the enjoyment of the game tough. And, it's not like going to a regular game where your team isn't playing but your surrounded by passionate fans. It's going to be a lot of fans that are like "eh, whatever" if SR loses.
To me, it's a game that if I were a student I would go catch the first half because it's free, but then leave by half because I'd be bored. The only difference now is that I would be compelled to stay because I've dropped $20. So, I'm not going to drop $20 on something that's not that interesting to me.
Especially when I can take that $20 and get a ticket (or two?) to the Miami game.
as you are in this thread, you'd have a good time.
Lighten up, Francis.
As an SRU alum, I'd be pretty happy with a win.
I won't be going, but I know my parents might. They always loved the Slippery Rock game.
Well, according to their website, Slippery Rock charges $8 for adults, and $10 for premium "chair-back" seating to home games.
So you be the judge.
Slippery Rock's stadium has less WOW factor, so the additonal $12 for the ticket seems like a fair upgrade....
$20 is way too much if you want people to show up. I didn't even take advantage of the $10 tickets for season ticket holders because I wasn't 100% committed to going.
I think the whole Slippery Rock connection is something only meaningful to those over 50. Unless they are going to have UM players signing memorabilia for middleaged dudes to sell on eBay I can't see this game pulling more people than Fan Day.
I'm 46 and it still has meaning to me!!!!
I'm a man. I'm 40 and a UM alum and fan for the last 34 years. I remember as a kid hearing the SP score being announced at the game and people sort of mock cheering but as time has gone on I don't recall this really getting much of a reaction anymore. However, I haven't been to a game in seven years so perhaps the kids have latched onto it in a fit of hipster irony.
doing it for a long time. Then brought it back a few years ago, probably when Brandon became AD, because WOW experience.
It seems to get a nice reaction these days from everyone. But I could care less if they play a game at Michigan Statdium.
I'm a DB critic, but I'm happy when he brings back cool, unique, old Michigan traditions. "WOW experience" is a totally different thing.
Stopped reading at "I'm a man. I'm 40" and inserted a bunch of exclamation points for my own amusement.
I'm 22 and love the slippery rock connection. Never fails to be a conversation piece at the game. And love wearing my maize and blue slippery rock shirt around.
I will be going to the game and hope to bring a few friends to a cheaper day out.
My dad explained the whole thing to me, so yeah, it's definitely meaningful to those under 50.
and I intend to see if Urban Dictionary says anything about "slippery rock connection."
Living in Western PA, I can tell you that non-Penn State college football isn't big in this part of the world. Pitt doesn't draw well and I'm in the minority in that I'll give up entire Saturdays to just sit and watch football.
That said, I think you'll have a decent to strong showing from Western PA. I bet a lot of SRU students caravan up to AA for the novelty of the game. The smaller schools in the area (SRU, D-III schools Westminster, Grove City, Allegheny, etc) draw attendance pretty well from their smaller towns as most aren't staying home to watch Pitt, and I could see a lot of those kids meeting up with their friends from high school who go to SRU to tailgate and spend the day together.
These folks won't think twice about giving up a Saturday for the novelty of SRU football. I surely won't make the trip up, as I don't want to miss out on watching a day's worth of football
I can attest to how great of football fans people from western PA are. My wife went to Mercyhurst and if we didn't live in South Florida now we would go.
Damn Dave Brandon and his sleezy marketing tricks. He'll probably charge $5 for a hot dog. A. Hot. Dog.
I'm no big Dave Brandon fan but stadium prices are stadium prices. No matter where you go.
2 Hot Dogs for $5 just outside the gate??? That's 2. Hot. Dogs.
Stubhub prices for the Man U - Real Madrid game are down under $100 with 4600 tickets available. They've dropped about $8 a day over the past week. I think they will be available at less than face value by the middle of next week. (hope so anyway, as I told my kids we would go but didn't buy tickets when available earlier).
If I could get tickets for $40-60 I'd head up there, expensive tickets plus a 18 hr round trip won't happen.
Was at the Man City Chelsea game here though and it was awesome, had great seats too. Cheaper though.
As a student (free admission!) absolutely. Will I remember it? Maybe not.
but I'm being asked to pay premium prices for a not so premium season ticket package this year. Figuring in food, gas and ticket costs a Saturday in AA for a Michigan game is about $250 for two people and I get to do that 7 times this year, and I consider my trips to be pretty no frills adventures.
Even with $20 tickets Slippery Rock would run me about $150. 8 trips to AA at those costs is a bit much for something I might not really enjoy that much.
a Fall taigate in AA!
I would definitely go. Providing there wasn't a better game on TV at the same time which I cared about.
Michigan hat and a Slippery Rock shirt. Only legal shade of green is Slippery Rock green. Great scheduling for the bye weeks. Slippery Rock for the first bye, and the second bye week is the day Basketball begins.
Here's their schedule
|9/27||vs Seton Hill*||2pm|
|10/11||at California Univ. (PA)*||3:30pm|
|Big House Battle|
|10/25||at Indiana (PA)*||1pm|
We're having our usual tailgate for this game and acting like it's a Michigan game almost.
I wanna go! :)
LOL @ 70,000 even being a possibility.
number came from the fact that 61,143 attended in 1979.
Remember, though, that it was a "Band Day." (OK, you probably don't remember, but I do). "Band Day" meant about 5,000-10,000 high school band members with probably 2-4 family members each. Without a draw like Band Day, it wouldn't have hit 40,000--note that the Slippery Rock v Wayne State game in 1981, which was not Band Day, only drew about 35,000.
Actually, that 1981 game with Wayne State only happened after the athletic directors at Wayne State and a few other Michigan D-II schools complained loudly in the papers that Michigan was hosting 2 teams from Pennsylvania, and Michigan should be promoting football in their own state instead.
I never heard that before. The goal should be significantly lowered.
I am 26, a new UM fan, and I would DEFINITELY go if I was still in Ann Arbor. $20 is not a big investment, and it's one of those "go for the experience" kind of deals.
The Slippery Rock tradition is fun, and the crowd goes wild every time they show the score DESPITE the fact that half the people have no idea WHY we care about them (I only know because I did some Google searching).
Yes, it isn't going to be great football, but who cares? SRU only plays at the Big House once in a blue moon, and if the choice is between going to the game or sitting around catching up on your favorite new show on Netflix, I don't see why you wouldn't go.
Also, the idea that there won't be energy has got to be false. Everybody there will be rooting for Slippery Rock. They are America's favorite non-D1 team.
What did tickets for the 1979 game cost? I can find media reports that Michigan got to keep the gate, but not the price.
I'm going. With the family pack it's an easy way to get my (at the time of the game) 10 month old daughter to the Big House without having to actually worry about having to stay, etc the entire game. (No real stakes in the game so I can pay attention to her, the crowd won't be big which makes life a lot easier, and it'll be fun.)
Logging in just to brag that I was at the 1979 Slippery Rock game.
70,000? LOL. What? They will be lucky to get 20,000. No I won't be going.