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RE: Some off the field game day observations
I made it to the BC game a couple Fridays ago. I was surprised to see the beer sales on the West Side. When did that start?
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Not only are there beer sales, but they also sell vodka lemonades. Very colorful and served in unique plastic glasses.


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Good stuff as usual HuskieJohn, couple comments:

"That being said, the sections to the sides and just above of the premium seats are relatively packed. Those are non-donor seats but full priced seats. The cheap discounted ticket areas are not as full so this is telling me that NIU fans a willing to pay a little more for a better seat but not donate at all or enough to get a chairback or benchback for their season ticket order."

I think you're right on this, I've continued to get badgered by athletics about upgrading or trying the seats, but I'm right next to them with the exact same view almost, why pay an extra 100 or whatever PER ticket, it's not a cheap increase. I'd probably pay the extra, but the others I get tickets with wouldn't see the benefit. I also have 6 seats and tough to get them together in those seats.


I was fine with the music, but I'm not as old as some of you old wrinkled dawgs. :)
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(09-11-2017 07:37 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  Not only are there beer sales, but they also sell vodka lemonades. Very colorful and served in unique plastic glasses.


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They looked pretty good - I was tempted to get one. I'm sure they're quite expensive though, and probably without much alcohol.

In general, the beer is just a bit too expensive for me to justify. Coors light is just piss water to me, if it was something decent for $8 i'd be much more inclined. I do appreciate that they have that available. I did buy a Mike's hard lemonade the previous game.
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(09-11-2017 02:26 PM)HuskieJohn Wrote:  
(09-11-2017 02:18 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  IMO, the music everywhere is bad and way too loud. The music in the Yard was so loud that that my group could not hear ourselves talk. And, what is this with the fear of a few seconds of quiet while the game is going on? Between plays and until the ball is snapped, the DJ blasts what he calls music. I'd much rather hear the HMB, who are the one of the best parts of game day.
Serious question...does anyone enjoy MOST of the music being played in the stadium during the game (not talking about HMB).
...I dont.
IMO for SATURDAY games the only time from kickoff until the end of the game that music should be played on the PA is when HMB is leaving the stands to go do the half time show and when they are finished with the half time show until kickoff of the 2nd half.

Based on last year and game one, I must add my agreement to the thoughts expressed above.
And in regard to dekalb222's post, I totally disagree that "louder is better." Much of the "loud" atmosphere that will be heard at Nebraska will come from the fans, not some DJ. When you say the problem with NIU's attendance is the fan base is old, then maybe it's time to cater to those folks before you lose them. You yourself note that some may not attend. Saying we need more late 20's-40's fans is nice, but apparently that DJ isn't bringing them in.
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At Nebraska just like big time programs and professional sports the Jumbotron will be big and loud! To grow your fan base you need younger people. People my age and older are needed but we are not the future of NIU Athletics. I'm not saying we're bad or not needed because we are old. I'm saying we need more young people(young alums)
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(09-11-2017 05:39 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  
(09-11-2017 05:18 PM)dekalb222 Wrote:  I am just north of the chairbacks on the west side and you can't hear the music or anything else that is being said on the PA. Loud? It needs to be turned up! Louder is better as it gives the illusion of a big time event. Go to Nebraska this weekend and see how loud things are. Any big time school or Chicago sports teams play things loud. The problem with NIU's attendance is it's fan base is old! I go to so many of the events and at 50 I am usually one of the youngest there. We need more late 20's-40's fans. The older you get the more you need a perfect environment or you won't attend.


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(09-11-2017 05:18 PM)dekalb222 Wrote:  I am just north of the chairbacks on the west side and you can't hear the music or anything else that is being said on the PA. Loud? It needs to be turned up! Louder is better as it gives the illusion of a big time event. Go to Nebraska this weekend and see how loud things are. Any big time school or Chicago sports teams play things loud. The problem with NIU's attendance is it's fan base is old! I go to so many of the events and at 50 I am usually one of the youngest there. We need more late 20's-40's fans. The older you get the more you need a perfect environment or you won't attend.

The issue is the speakers are on one side of the endzone...so on the South side its too loud and on the North side it seem to be not loud enough.
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(09-12-2017 08:32 AM)HuskieJohn Wrote:  
(09-11-2017 05:18 PM)dekalb222 Wrote:  I am just north of the chairbacks on the west side and you can't hear the music or anything else that is being said on the PA. Loud? It needs to be turned up! Louder is better as it gives the illusion of a big time event. Go to Nebraska this weekend and see how loud things are. Any big time school or Chicago sports teams play things loud. The problem with NIU's attendance is it's fan base is old! I go to so many of the events and at 50 I am usually one of the youngest there. We need more late 20's-40's fans. The older you get the more you need a perfect environment or you won't attend.

The issue is the speakers are on one side of the endzone...so on the South side its too loud and on the North side it seem to be not loud enough.

Agreed. Was at a Bears preseason game a few weeks ago and the speakers surround the stadium making the sound great but not too loud. All we need in lots of money to fix this.
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(09-12-2017 08:32 AM)HuskieJohn Wrote:  
(09-11-2017 05:18 PM)dekalb222 Wrote:  I am just north of the chairbacks on the west side and you can't hear the music or anything else that is being said on the PA. Loud? It needs to be turned up! Louder is better as it gives the illusion of a big time event. Go to Nebraska this weekend and see how loud things are. Any big time school or Chicago sports teams play things loud. The problem with NIU's attendance is it's fan base is old! I go to so many of the events and at 50 I am usually one of the youngest there. We need more late 20's-40's fans. The older you get the more you need a perfect environment or you won't attend.

The issue is the speakers are on one side of the endzone...so on the South side its too loud and on the North side it seem to be not loud enough.

I sit on the 50 higher up and it's too loud. Actually, I could take it just fine if there weren't crap blaring from the speakers seemingly all the time. I've gotten to the point of hoping plays take longer so there's less noise blaring. It's noise, as I sure can't call it music.
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(09-11-2017 09:34 PM)dekalb222 Wrote:  At Nebraska just like big time programs and professional sports the Jumbotron will be big and loud! To grow your fan base you need younger people. People my age and older are needed but we are not the future of NIU Athletics. I'm not saying we're bad or not needed because we are old. I'm saying we need more young people(young alums)

It would help if we offered a Young Alum +1 season ticket and Young Alum individual ticket offered on a consistent basis.


As I have said several times in 6 seasons as a student I missed 1 home game (because of a girlfriend emergency). After graduation the next season I could only afford to buy 1 set of tickets and I went to a second game because the Alum Association was giving out free tickets. After that I decided I couldn't spend $50 for tickets + food on a day when I was making little money and having to pay the bills. Fortunately seasons later when I was not struggling the 2010 season happened so I came back for the Toledo game and was again hooked. If not for the success of that or the next few seasons I may have never come back.

IMO Athletics in partnership with the Alum Association should offer Young Alums at least 4 seasons of discounted season and individual tickets after graduating.

This year East side Young Alum season ticket would be half price of the public, so $30.

Young Alum Individual tickets would be the cost of a student guest ticket $15
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(09-11-2017 07:00 PM)142niu Wrote:  I made it to the BC game a couple Fridays ago. I was surprised to see the beer sales on the West Side. When did that start?

2 seasons ago just outside the stadium but inside the gates. Selling inside the stadium just started this year.
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One of the students tailgating had to have the EMIts come
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(09-11-2017 07:49 PM)17Huskies Wrote:  Good stuff as usual HuskieJohn, couple comments:

"That being said, the sections to the sides and just above of the premium seats are relatively packed. Those are non-donor seats but full priced seats. The cheap discounted ticket areas are not as full so this is telling me that NIU fans a willing to pay a little more for a better seat but not donate at all or enough to get a chairback or benchback for their season ticket order."

I think you're right on this, I've continued to get badgered by athletics about upgrading or trying the seats, but I'm right next to them with the exact same view almost, why pay an extra 100 or whatever PER ticket, it's not a cheap increase. I'd probably pay the extra, but the others I get tickets with wouldn't see the benefit. I also have 6 seats and tough to get them together in those seats.


I was fine with the music, but I'm not as old as some of you old wrinkled dawgs. :)

There may or may not be value in it for your group...


6 Benchback seats X $100per seat donation = $600

With that your group would also get...
2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.



6 Chairback seats X $150per seat donation = $900

With that your group would also get...
3 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
OR
For $100 additional donation you could get 2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Grass lot. ($25 fee for each pass)

AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.
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(09-12-2017 09:46 AM)HuskieJohn Wrote:  There may or may not be value in it for your group...


6 Benchback seats X $100per seat donation = $600

With that your group would also get...
2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.



6 Chairback seats X $150per seat donation = $900

With that your group would also get...
3 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
OR
For $100 additional donation you could get 2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Grass lot. ($25 fee for each pass)

AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.

We've got benchback and chairback seats, and don't get any Endzone Club passes.
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(09-12-2017 10:02 AM)GeorgeBorkFan Wrote:  
(09-12-2017 09:46 AM)HuskieJohn Wrote:  There may or may not be value in it for your group...


6 Benchback seats X $100per seat donation = $600

With that your group would also get...
2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.



6 Chairback seats X $150per seat donation = $900

With that your group would also get...
3 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
OR
For $100 additional donation you could get 2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Grass lot. ($25 fee for each pass)

AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.

We've got benchback and chairback seats, and don't get any Endzone Club passes.

Did you ask for them?
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(09-12-2017 10:31 AM)HuskieJohn Wrote:  
(09-12-2017 10:02 AM)GeorgeBorkFan Wrote:  
(09-12-2017 09:46 AM)HuskieJohn Wrote:  There may or may not be value in it for your group...


6 Benchback seats X $100per seat donation = $600

With that your group would also get...
2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.



6 Chairback seats X $150per seat donation = $900

With that your group would also get...
3 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
OR
For $100 additional donation you could get 2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Grass lot. ($25 fee for each pass)

AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.

We've got benchback and chairback seats, and don't get any Endzone Club passes.

Did you ask for them?

Maybe I missed that. Only by request? I guess I assume as a season ticket holder, if that is part of the package, I shouldn't need to ask for them.
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(09-12-2017 11:26 AM)GeorgeBorkFan Wrote:  
(09-12-2017 10:31 AM)HuskieJohn Wrote:  
(09-12-2017 10:02 AM)GeorgeBorkFan Wrote:  
(09-12-2017 09:46 AM)HuskieJohn Wrote:  There may or may not be value in it for your group...


6 Benchback seats X $100per seat donation = $600

With that your group would also get...
2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.



6 Chairback seats X $150per seat donation = $900

With that your group would also get...
3 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
OR
For $100 additional donation you could get 2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Grass lot. ($25 fee for each pass)

AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.

We've got benchback and chairback seats, and don't get any Endzone Club passes.

Did you ask for them?

Maybe I missed that. Only by request? I guess I assume as a season ticket holder, if that is part of the package, I shouldn't need to ask for them.

I have two chairbacks. Should I be getting endzone club passes?
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RE: Some off the field game day observations
(09-12-2017 09:46 AM)HuskieJohn Wrote:  
(09-11-2017 07:49 PM)17Huskies Wrote:  Good stuff as usual HuskieJohn, couple comments:

"That being said, the sections to the sides and just above of the premium seats are relatively packed. Those are non-donor seats but full priced seats. The cheap discounted ticket areas are not as full so this is telling me that NIU fans a willing to pay a little more for a better seat but not donate at all or enough to get a chairback or benchback for their season ticket order."

I think you're right on this, I've continued to get badgered by athletics about upgrading or trying the seats, but I'm right next to them with the exact same view almost, why pay an extra 100 or whatever PER ticket, it's not a cheap increase. I'd probably pay the extra, but the others I get tickets with wouldn't see the benefit. I also have 6 seats and tough to get them together in those seats.


I was fine with the music, but I'm not as old as some of you old wrinkled dawgs. :)

There may or may not be value in it for your group...


6 Benchback seats X $100per seat donation = $600

With that your group would also get...
2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.



6 Chairback seats X $150per seat donation = $900

With that your group would also get...
3 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Paved OR Movie Lot. ($25 fee for each pass)
OR
For $100 additional donation you could get 2 tailgating parking passes in the Stevenson Grass lot. ($25 fee for each pass)

AND
6 passes to the Endzone Club.

Yeah, since we already have a tailgating spot taken care of, doesn't make a ton of sense. Until I get old and need a back to my seat and music that's not as loud.
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(09-12-2017 12:39 PM)17Huskies Wrote:  Yeah, since we already have a tailgating spot taken care of, doesn't make a ton of sense. Until I get old and need a back to my seat and music that's not as loud.

Your tailgating spot isnt a donor spot correct?
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