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RE: Big Announcement - Athletics
(Yesterday 04:43 PM)HuskiePride12 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 01:15 PM)NIUfilmmaker Wrote:  
(02-18-2020 10:42 PM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  
(02-18-2020 02:03 PM)Illini60940 Wrote:  
(02-18-2020 01:52 PM)pvk75 Wrote:  FYI. Average attendance, home games, post-BCS Orange Bowl:

2013: 20,669
2014: 13,563
2015: 13,942
2016: 10,879
2017; 11,291
2018: 10,404
2019: 8,518

Regardless of the teams' records, head coaches, weather, location, opponents, facilities, etc., the actual living breathing fans are not showing up at Huskie Stadium. It doesn't matter what STF does or doesn't do. There are too many factors beyond his or NIU's control. But STF is still obligated to try, and the BYU/SeatGeek game is another.

I don't like the idea of moving the one big game to Bridgeview, but I hope it works anyway. Those 160,000 Chicago alumni are not coming to DeKalb, and DeKalb/Sycamore does not have the population base to generate more attendance. It will not, I agree, increase attendance in DeKalb, but maybe the "engagement" is about getting some to contribute $.

This is a pipe dream, but fun to play with: if 160,000 alumni each contributed $100, that's $16 million. Too much? OK, at $10 apiece, that's $1.6 million.
It is actually $16M

The problem for NIU is the town of Dekalb, which needs to grow and show signs of life. Kids don't care about how a schools basketball team is doing, they want to be able to walk to Starbucks, Chipolte, BWW, microbrews and whatever else the current trend is.

When talking to the people at EIU, they tell me the same thing, but its difficult to get these companies to locate to these smaller town.

Yep. NIU and even moreso EIU/WIU are all in fatally flawed locations (SIU in Carbondale is fine because it has a regional identity in Little Egypt). Coles County (EIU) hasn’t been relevant since the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

These schools needed to be located in Naperville (NIU), Quad Cities (WIU), and Danville/Effingham/Kankakee (EIU).

The Western suburbs will continue to expand, even if slowly, so NIU not situated too badly, although yes, being in St.Charles or the like would be strategically better right now. Agree that EIU/WIU in worse/odd locations. Seems like EIU is almost unnecessary given the proximity of the other major state schools like ISU and Illness.

I wonder if the state has a chopping block concept in place for the future and what schools might go first in the current version of that schematic? EIU and a few smaller colleges if Illinois went lean and mean?

I think a school like Chicago State should have been shut down already. I'm sorry, but small state funded schools like that should be gone and distribute the cash to the other schools even though it won't be a large amount.

The whole system needs to be reworked to fit todays needs. UICU, UIC and ISU need to be the core group of schools, for the most part let them keep doing what they are currently doing as its working.

And then redefine the directional schools, with each specializing in a certain set of programs.
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RE: Big Announcement - Athletics
(02-18-2020 01:52 PM)pvk75 Wrote:  FYI. Average attendance, home games, post-BCS Orange Bowl:

2013: 20,669
2014: 13,563
2015: 13,942
2016: 10,879
2017; 11,291
2018: 10,404
2019: 8,518

Regardless of the teams' records, head coaches, weather, location, opponents, facilities, etc., the actual living breathing fans are not showing up at Huskie Stadium. It doesn't matter what STF does or doesn't do. There are too many factors beyond his or NIU's control. But STF is still obligated to try, and the BYU/SeatGeek game is another.

I don't like the idea of moving the one big game to Bridgeview, but I hope it works anyway. Those 160,000 Chicago alumni are not coming to DeKalb, and DeKalb/Sycamore does not have the population base to generate more attendance. It will not, I agree, increase attendance in DeKalb, but maybe the "engagement" is about getting some to contribute $.

This is a pipe dream, but fun to play with: if 160,000 alumni each contributed $100, that's $16 million. Too much? OK, at $10 apiece, that's $1.6 million.

The question NIU needs to answer is: who were those 7,000 fans who left in 2014 from 2013? All the excuses don’t hold up for the 2013 season. They only had 3 Saturday games in 2013. Started 4 out of 5 on the road. Temps were in single digits for the Tuesday night game.

What would it take to get them to return?
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RE: Big Announcement - Athletics
(Today 08:58 AM)Illini60940 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 04:43 PM)HuskiePride12 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 01:15 PM)NIUfilmmaker Wrote:  
(02-18-2020 10:42 PM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  
(02-18-2020 02:03 PM)Illini60940 Wrote:  It is actually $16M

The problem for NIU is the town of Dekalb, which needs to grow and show signs of life. Kids don't care about how a schools basketball team is doing, they want to be able to walk to Starbucks, Chipolte, BWW, microbrews and whatever else the current trend is.

When talking to the people at EIU, they tell me the same thing, but its difficult to get these companies to locate to these smaller town.

Yep. NIU and even moreso EIU/WIU are all in fatally flawed locations (SIU in Carbondale is fine because it has a regional identity in Little Egypt). Coles County (EIU) hasn’t been relevant since the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

These schools needed to be located in Naperville (NIU), Quad Cities (WIU), and Danville/Effingham/Kankakee (EIU).

The Western suburbs will continue to expand, even if slowly, so NIU not situated too badly, although yes, being in St.Charles or the like would be strategically better right now. Agree that EIU/WIU in worse/odd locations. Seems like EIU is almost unnecessary given the proximity of the other major state schools like ISU and Illness.

I wonder if the state has a chopping block concept in place for the future and what schools might go first in the current version of that schematic? EIU and a few smaller colleges if Illinois went lean and mean?

I think a school like Chicago State should have been shut down already. I'm sorry, but small state funded schools like that should be gone and distribute the cash to the other schools even though it won't be a large amount.

The whole system needs to be reworked to fit todays needs. UICU, UIC and ISU need to be the core group of schools, for the most part let them keep doing what they are currently doing as its working.

And then redefine the directional schools, with each specializing in a certain set of programs.
You sure seem to advocate for ISU a lot... you gonna start telling me you're a guidance counselor too? Football coach?

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