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Attendance problems hitting college basketball - Topkat - 04-03-2012 07:15 PM
RE: Attendance problems hitting college basketball - UCEE73 - 04-04-2012 08:07 AM
(04-03-2012 07:15 PM)Topkat Wrote: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/story/2012-03-08/college-basketball-concerns-attendance-drop/53424996/1
Well, I have to admit that my new 1080p projector on a 100" screen made my daughter say of the NCAA finals, "It's like we're in the arena."
RE: Attendance problems hitting college basketball - SuperFlyBCat - 04-04-2012 09:35 AM
That blurb about Stanford installing free wireless is laughable. Whatever Stanford installed is probably obsolete by now.
I can get internet access from my phone just about anywhere (except PBS). Stanford's bball team just hasn't been good
since Montgomery left.
RE: Attendance problems hitting college basketball - mlb - 04-04-2012 09:39 AM
(04-04-2012 09:35 AM)SuperFlyBCat Wrote: That blurb about Stanford installing free wireless is laughable. Whatever Stanford installed is probably obsolete by now.
You haven't been to a venue with 100,000 fans then. At Tennessee my 3G phone could not get any data. At OSU it has always been that way. As everyone moves over to 4G it will be the same deal.
RE: Attendance problems hitting college basketball - bearcatmill - 04-04-2012 09:43 AM
One thing the article does not look at are increased ticket/concession prices. Of course when you are talking NCAA tourny there are the costs to travel. Gas prices are up. Couple this with better viewing technology and a bad economy.
Case in point: My wife is a Butler grad. When they made their first NC game appearance we though about going. Nosebleeds in Lucas Oil were around $300 per ticket and decent middle tier seats were around $600/800. At a minimum we were looking at a $1000 night to watch a single game. We opted to stay home, pocket the $1k, and watch it on our 55 in.
RE: Attendance problems hitting college basketball - Topkat - 04-04-2012 09:44 AM
I found interesting the comment about the regular season being increasingly irrelevant.
Move over NBA.
RE: Attendance problems hitting college basketball - SuperFlyBCat - 04-04-2012 09:46 AM
(04-04-2012 09:39 AM)mlb Wrote:(04-04-2012 09:35 AM)SuperFlyBCat Wrote: That blurb about Stanford installing free wireless is laughable. Whatever Stanford installed is probably obsolete by now.
Been to Tennessee, ND, Purdue, Michigan, Alabama, Ole Miss, UK, bowl games etc., but rarely play with phone during the game. Will glance at the
scoreboard for updates though. Those silicon valley geeks probably have sunglasses that stream content at the speed of light by now.
Stanford draws well for football at the renovated Stadium because they have been winning. Bball not so much.
RE: Attendance problems hitting college basketball - mlb - 04-04-2012 09:52 AM
I work in IT and generally need to be available at all times. No data can be a big problem for me. I don't have problems at Nippert, but have at some of the other venues around the country.
RE: Attendance problems hitting college basketball - franzeal - 04-04-2012 10:02 AM
I had problems with 3G when we played Oklahoma at Paul Brown. Was pretty much futile trying to get any data (Verizon). I don't see any reason why you'd want to use your 3G/4G over a WiFi hotspot in that situation; it's not like your phone can't use either. Unless you're on a 4G node with few people using it, the WiFi is probably going to be your better bet and to top it off it's not going to be metered like your cell provider's connection. I'm also not sure how well that type of congestion would be handled by WiFi and non-CDMA protocols, would seem dicey though I'm not an IT person. At least with cell repeaters you'd have a natural partitioning since the big carriers in this country are on different bands.
RE: Attendance problems hitting college basketball - BearChatter v2.0 - 04-04-2012 10:20 AM
Build an arena with close proximity parking, easy access to get in and out, comfortable seats with a good view from anywhere in the arena, and fans will come. Not to mention you feel like you're going to get robbed parking on the side streets.
To go to a UC game, I park 3 or 4 blocks away, uphill both ways , and unless I'm sitting with a friend who has good seats, I sit in the student section or up high where the seats are horrible on my bad back among other parts of my worn down body that hurt. And even then, the view mostly sucks. I've been to UD, sat all over the arena and there aren't many bad seats there. Always enjoyed going to UD's arena. Concessions were easy too.
And a new arena for UC basketball would definitely help with recruiting, and also help with attendance I strongly believe. Expanding Nippert and building a new b-ball arena should be next on UC's sports docket.
If Cincinnati's local government would quit driving big businesses away, maybe there would be more sponsors willing to step up. Airport has shrunk. Businesses are leaving for greener pastures or atleast out of the city, etc. Not a good situation right now locally.