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huskiewire article on Football Attendance
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(01-12-2018 05:20 PM)Doggone Wrote:  HuskieWire

Weekday games single handidly wiped out alot of die hard fans/alumni . Marketing and experience can always be better, but when there’s more games on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday than games on Saturday..... you’re going to lose people. Marketing should be to blame for the lack of students in the stands. If your a professor at NIU you should give extra credit to those that attend sporting events. Incentive the Greek system to show up to games(not just tailgating)The student body and teachers have no excuse to miss home games. Create some pride in the student body. Lol
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I think more students would go to those weeknight games if they didn't freeze their ass off. I wish we had a big donation to get a small dome built.
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I feel so bad for the local businesses with these damn weeknight games. I am but one small example, but I do not attend weeknight games. For the Saturday games, we make a full day of it, and with meals and shopping, we always drop at least a couple hundred dollars, and often a lot more.

If there are 2 or fewer Saturday games again this year, I am dropping my 4 season tickets after many, many years. It makes absolutely no economic sense, especially with the seat premiums no longer tax deductible. I'll make the donation to a specific sport(s), and it will all be deductible.


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(01-12-2018 06:26 PM)BDB5yp Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 05:20 PM)Doggone Wrote:  HuskieWire

Weekday games single handidly wiped out alot of die hard fans/alumni . Marketing and experience can always be better, but when there’s more games on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday than games on Saturday..... you’re going to lose people. Marketing should be to blame for the lack of students in the stands. If your a professor at NIU you should give extra credit to those that attend sporting events. Incentive the Greek system to show up to games(not just tailgating)The student body and teachers have no excuse to miss home games. Create some pride in the student body. Lol

And if they dont go as students, they definitely dont go as young alum or as adults with families. I think someone last summer posted details of a nice package buffalo offers to their young alum.

Also, what the hell happened to the Red Riot and why does athletics ignore the power of a student-led group of super fans?
01-12-2018 07:42 PM
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(01-12-2018 07:39 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  I feel so bad for the local businesses with these damn weeknight games. I am but one small example, but I do not attend weeknight games. For the Saturday games, we make a full day of it, and with meals and shopping, we always drop at least a couple hundred dollars, and often a lot more.

If there are 2 or fewer Saturday games again this year, I am dropping my 4 season tickets after many, many years. It makes absolutely no economic sense, especially with the seat premiums no longer tax deductible. I'll make the donation to a specific sport(s), and it will all be deductible.


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I couldn't agree more. I have had 2 season tickets for over 40 years and have had chairbacks for as long as they have been around. Two or fewer Saturday games and I will not be renewing.
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(01-12-2018 07:42 PM)NIUSox10 Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 06:26 PM)BDB5yp Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 05:20 PM)Doggone Wrote:  HuskieWire

Weekday games single handidly wiped out alot of die hard fans/alumni . Marketing and experience can always be better, but when there’s more games on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday than games on Saturday..... you’re going to lose people. Marketing should be to blame for the lack of students in the stands. If your a professor at NIU you should give extra credit to those that attend sporting events. Incentive the Greek system to show up to games(not just tailgating)The student body and teachers have no excuse to miss home games. Create some pride in the student body. Lol

And if they dont go as students, they definitely dont go as young alum or as adults with families. I think someone last summer posted details of a nice package buffalo offers to their young alum.

Also, what the hell happened to the Red Riot and why does athletics ignore the power of a student-led group of super fans?

This is true. If they’re trying to create more die hard fans, you have to get the students to the games. Raffles are not enough. It has to come from top to bottom. Starting at the president, to the professors/ staff, to the students. Same for the basketball team.
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(01-12-2018 08:42 PM)BDB5yp Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 07:42 PM)NIUSox10 Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 06:26 PM)BDB5yp Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 05:20 PM)Doggone Wrote:  HuskieWire

Weekday games single handidly wiped out alot of die hard fans/alumni . Marketing and experience can always be better, but when there’s more games on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday than games on Saturday..... you’re going to lose people. Marketing should be to blame for the lack of students in the stands. If your a professor at NIU you should give extra credit to those that attend sporting events. Incentive the Greek system to show up to games(not just tailgating)The student body and teachers have no excuse to miss home games. Create some pride in the student body. Lol

And if they dont go as students, they definitely dont go as young alum or as adults with families. I think someone last summer posted details of a nice package buffalo offers to their young alum.

Also, what the hell happened to the Red Riot and why does athletics ignore the power of a student-led group of super fans?

This is true. If they’re trying to create more die hard fans, you have to get the students to the games. Raffles are not enough. It has to come from top to bottom. Starting at the president, to the professors/ staff, to the students. Same for the basketball team.

I gotta say President Freeman has actually done a lot better than doug the thug did. At the 2016 huskie kick off, all I remember hearing doug talk about is a book everyone should read. This year, the entire event was more focused on football, with President Freeman encouraging everyone to go, and even an appearance from hot rod carey himself! (Even though is was the most unoriginal, unenthusiastic script ever...) Professors also casually mention an upcoming game from time to time, but they themselves couldn't name the opponent for the week.

Students do get a weekly email with a calendar of events for the week. If the game is on a Tuesday it might be high enough on the list to catch their eyes... The only way to get an email from athletics directly about a game is if you're registered on the Red and Black Rewards app which 2% of the student body has. (Is that still a thing or did they forget to take it off of the PA script for this year?) Red Riot? Might as well forget about it. I checked today and they have a hold on the organization for whatever reason which basically means it can't do anything until it is lifted. /thing sadly won't change until athletics treats every game as important as the BC game.
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(01-12-2018 08:21 PM)HuskieDave Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 07:39 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  I feel so bad for the local businesses with these damn weeknight games. I am but one small example, but I do not attend weeknight games. For the Saturday games, we make a full day of it, and with meals and shopping, we always drop at least a couple hundred dollars, and often a lot more.

If there are 2 or fewer Saturday games again this year, I am dropping my 4 season tickets after many, many years. It makes absolutely no economic sense, especially with the seat premiums no longer tax deductible. I'll make the donation to a specific sport(s), and it will all be deductible.


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I couldn't agree more. I have had 2 season tickets for over 40 years and have had chairbacks for as long as they have been around. Two or fewer Saturday games and I will not be renewing.
I agree and dropped mine for just this reason, after 25 years.
01-13-2018 09:02 AM
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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.
01-13-2018 11:23 AM
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