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Game atmosphere SOLUTIONS
We all seem to be on the same page regarding the declining game atmosphere - both among the students and the non-students. Attendance is dropping slowly. It has been a common complaint for several years now.

The administration does not appear to be addressing it, and we all seem to recognize some of the common issues.

-SO-

What can this forum to do create change and turn the situation for the better? This thread is for concrete solutions that THIS GROUP can enact. Not necessarily looking for things we think the admin can/should do, because unless we get some kind of meeting with them set up, we will just be complaining for the sake of complaining (which we are pretty good at).

IDEAS?? THOUGHTS? Share them here and let's make some stuff happen!

I'll start:

We set up a group funded account to purchase a bunch of gift cards to the bookstore...at each game we denote a representative from the forum to judge the student section and give out one gift card per game to the loudest/most energetic/most creative student fan from that game (maybe 30-50$ per game). We would advertise with on campus signage and maybe some signs in the arena. Appointed representative may have to sit in the student section while acting as a judge. I would definitely throw in $ for this. 16 home games at $30 each game is $480....an easily accomplished figure if we get 15 or 20 people to donate...what do you think?

Let's hear your ideas! I will keep track of them in a document and maybe we can put some things to a vote or something.
01-19-2018 02:23 PM
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RE: Game atmosphere SOLUTIONS
Move student seating to the upper reaches of sideline, not behind the basket.

Allow them to bring in signs, give the dance-cam winning pizza to them

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01-19-2018 02:30 PM
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I like the first idea. But Im a fan of students behind basket closest to opposing bench.
01-19-2018 03:06 PM
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RE: Game atmosphere SOLUTIONS
I like the signs idea. Perhaps prizes for the most creative (non-vulgar) signs. I also agree that some of the corporate promotions should be geared towards students. Too bad they dropped the ball on the cell phone thing... bring that back. How about some sort of themes for certain games... dress like a Monarch or something like that. Kids come in crowns, gowns and lion costumes etc. The team could stand to interact with the students more as well. BT used to sing the alma mater with the students afterwards, that was cool. Why not let the students choose some of the playlist of songs at the game? How about halftime contests involving greeks or campus groups. Somehow we need to get the frats involved too. The Ted Heads were great and often made signs for the students back when BT was here and the section was rocking. Maybe that would help. Maybe a DJ or food outside the student entrance before games? The free beer in the blue room was a plus back in the day too.

Also: T SHIRTS! The university I work for has different local businesses sponsor T-shirts for the students at many home games. Its nuts. The kids go crazy for them, want to collect them all. And they're cool shirts too. One of the most popular has emoji looking caricatures of the players on it. They do 5,000 each game... ODU could do 500 and get the same buzz. Do this 6 or 7 times a year. It also helps build student pride. Perhaps a business owner on here would offer to sponsor the shirts with their logo on them somewhere in exchange for a radio ad and game mention or something. It would probably cost $3,000 per game for the shirts. But they have to be cool or the students won't wear them after the game.

Also, whatever happened to the Hoops Club?!?! That was a big deal for a while and seemed to make an impact in community awareness. ODU basketball needs a booster club of some type and not lame ol' ODAF. Something fun, something social, something that actually makes a difference for the team.

Afew guys on here tried to do some cool things before to generate interest in the past, such as a parade to the games with prizes etc.. and it never seemed to take off. I think to some degree the admin has to be involved, as they hold the keys to the student section.
01-19-2018 05:22 PM
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RE: Game atmosphere SOLUTIONS
I know the post is asking what WE can do, but something that I'm surprised isn't happening this year is a partnership with a nearby restaurant to give students a discount if they show their ticket (or whatever digital form they use now) during a game in which ODU scores 70 and wins or something along those lines.
01-19-2018 05:27 PM
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There's no energy in the building because we play in a sh!tty conference with teams nobody gives a f#ck about. Same with Football. Historically bad decision. Rant over.
01-19-2018 07:51 PM
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You have to engage Frats and Sororities. Incentivize them to come to the game. I would also engage ODAF.
01-19-2018 08:26 PM
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(01-19-2018 07:51 PM)Old Blue Wrote:  There's no energy in the building because we play in a sh!tty conference with teams nobody gives a f#ck about. Same with Football. Historically bad decision. Rant over.

The CAA games were more fun plays school in the state and one could travel to them agree with who give a sh-- about Texas,Florida ,etc. one you have to get on a plane for
01-19-2018 08:28 PM
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Well we can't solve the conference problem. This is a thread to discuss actionable items that the fanbase can accomplish. Please stay on topic.

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01-19-2018 08:49 PM
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RE: Game atmosphere SOLUTIONS
What happened to the guy that went thru the arena giving out t-shirts? People loved him. Was he sponsored by someone? A business? Can we find out and see if someone would be willing to sponsor him again. He was great.
01-19-2018 09:08 PM
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