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Great article and good points made about how we are fighting that chicken/egg scenario.

I will say that my biggest issue with getting friends and co-workers to the games has long been Legion Field and the neighborhood itself. I could sell a game by Railroad Park or Regions Field. I could sell a game on the UAB campus. I have a hard time selling Graymont/Smithfield/Elyton Village. It's a disappointing fact. I've met some of the nicest folks around the stadium, but it's hard to convince some of the OTM crowd to bring their kids to that neighborhood. Perception is reality for some people.

Are we missing out on 3-5k casual fans per game? You bet we are.
That's a nice article. I hope it drives a little attendance.
3-5k how about around 10k+ Also, there are a lot, and I mean a lot of students who do not want to go out to LF because of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
I like the article except that he's making Saturday's one, single game a referendum on the existence of the program. If that were the case than every program with attendance less than X this weekend should be shut down.

Why do we have to justify our existence? If UAB wants to play division 1 football, that should be the end of every conceivable argument. It's a shame we have to fight this crap.
(11-20-2014 05:12 PM)blazed247 Wrote: [ -> ]3-5k how about around 10k+ Also, there are a lot, and I mean a lot of students who do not want to go out to LF because of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

I was being conservative with my figures. 3,000 fans over six games is 18,000 more tickets sold... that's $270,000 with $15 general admission tickets... add parking and concessions and you're looking at an additional $1 million added revenue per season.
(11-20-2014 05:12 PM)blazed247 Wrote: [ -> ]3-5k how about around 10k+ Also, there are a lot, and I mean a lot of students who do not want to go out to LF because of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

No offense, but I've been hearing that for twentysomething years. I've been going down there all those years, and the worst that's ever happened was some food or beer getting ganked from an unguarded tailgate.

If you wanted to be there, you would figure out a way. If we're ever to get the on campus stadium that all of us want, we have to put asses in seats, and Lesion Field is what we're stuck with. Come on down and bring your friends, we're trying to stick it to the man here and make them quit screwing us out of improving our position.

It's one game at 11 in the morning, you'll be safe enough. Don't mean to be harsh, it's just that I see little old ladies down there, I figure you'll survive.
(11-20-2014 05:35 PM)UAB Band Dad Wrote: [ -> ]
(11-20-2014 05:12 PM)blazed247 Wrote: [ -> ]3-5k how about around 10k+ Also, there are a lot, and I mean a lot of students who do not want to go out to LF because of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

No offense, but I've been hearing that for twentysomething years. I've been going down there all those years, and the worst that's ever happened was some food or beer getting ganked from an unguarded tailgate.

If you wanted to be there, you would figure out a way. If we're ever to get the on campus stadium that all of us want, we have to put asses in seats, and Lesion Field is what we're stuck with. Come on down and bring your friends, we're trying to stick it to the man here and make them quit screwing us out of improving our position.

It's one game at 11 in the morning, you'll be safe enough. Don't mean to be harsh, it's just that I see little old ladies down there, I figure you'll survive.

No (bleeping) illegitimate excuses! #AllHandsOnDeck
(11-20-2014 05:35 PM)UAB Band Dad Wrote: [ -> ]
(11-20-2014 05:12 PM)blazed247 Wrote: [ -> ]3-5k how about around 10k+ Also, there are a lot, and I mean a lot of students who do not want to go out to LF because of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

No offense, but I've been hearing that for twentysomething years. I've been going down there all those years, and the worst that's ever happened was some food or beer getting ganked from an unguarded tailgate.

If you wanted to be there, you would figure out a way. If we're ever to get the on campus stadium that all of us want, we have to put asses in seats, and Lesion Field is what we're stuck with. Come on down and bring your friends, we're trying to stick it to the man here and make them quit screwing us out of improving our position.

It's one game at 11 in the morning, you'll be safe enough. Don't mean to be harsh, it's just that I see little old ladies down there, I figure you'll survive.

I agree but people that don't come regularly/haven't been to Legion Field since Bama played there perceive the area to be like entering Iraq.

That perception is an unbreakable wall for tens of thousands of people OTM. No amount of explaining the reality or your personal experiences will change that perception.
(11-20-2014 05:35 PM)UAB Band Dad Wrote: [ -> ]
(11-20-2014 05:12 PM)blazed247 Wrote: [ -> ]3-5k how about around 10k+ Also, there are a lot, and I mean a lot of students who do not want to go out to LF because of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

No offense, but I've been hearing that for twentysomething years. I've been going down there all those years, and the worst that's ever happened was some food or beer getting ganked from an unguarded tailgate.

If you wanted to be there, you would figure out a way. If we're ever to get the on campus stadium that all of us want, we have to put asses in seats, and Lesion Field is what we're stuck with. Come on down and bring your friends, we're trying to stick it to the man here and make them quit screwing us out of improving our position.

It's one game at 11 in the morning, you'll be safe enough. Don't mean to be harsh, it's just that I see little old ladies down there, I figure you'll survive.

Coming from a former Admissions counselor, people in this state have a fear of Birmingham. A major fear. They will not go anywhere that is not the campus itself. There are a TON of students when I was in undergrad, as well as when I was recruiting for UAB that would not step foot over there no matter how safe you told them it was.
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