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In 1979 or 1980 NIU mens gymnastics drew over 6000,full house at chick evans for a meet with Indiana State and Kurt Thomas. We won on the last apparatus. It was an awesome and crazy crowd.
01-16-2018 05:37 PM
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(01-13-2018 11:23 AM)NIU75 Wrote:  It is going to get worst. The lost generation is not filling in the gaps as us senior folks move on to other things. The season ticket base is getting old very fast.

This is so true. I usually go to games solo because I can’t convince others to come with unless it’s perfect weather and a big name opponent.
01-16-2018 09:47 PM
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(01-16-2018 05:27 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  
(01-16-2018 04:48 PM)thehappyhuskie Wrote:  
(01-16-2018 03:05 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  The University of Denver, my grad school alma mater, recently drew 4,600 fans for a woman's gymnastics meet. They have fewer than 6,000 undergrads. I don't get why NIU cannot draw well for football or basketball these days.

Oh well, I hope the school does not give up trying. Perhaps we can find the secret sauce and for football, it will have to mean more Saturday games. The MAC signed a deal with the devil when selling their soul to ESPN.

University of Denver is right in the middle of a metropolitan area with 2.5 mil people. there's part of your answer.

That's not the entire answer though because NIU basketball consistently sold out in the early 70s. Of course those were talented teams which is part of the equation as well.

If NIU ever does get back to Saturday football they should heavily market the program to the Fox River Valley. Batavia, Geneva, St Charles and North Aurora have a ton of residents. Add in Naperville and Aurora and you have a nice fan base when combined with DeKalb and Sycamore and the campus community.

agreed, its always floored me why they don't blanket the entire western suburbs in an aggressive marketing campaign. most of their student base is coming from there. if students went home, they should be able to bring a friend from home for free. families should be 2 for 1. I know it sounds ridiculous, but get people hooked first, then you can worry about profits later.
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