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College Football Attendance Trends
Ok a general past truism: if your team did well in 2020 or there is hype your team should be better in 2021 that attendance should improve.

What is the consensus out there?

Is your school raising ticket prices?
Is Football popular still?
Any indication that Covid-19 will still keep folks afraid?
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Some of this is going to be outside the control of the teams. In some markets, there may be complete shutdowns in place (California), while others the local government will limit capacity. If fans will be allowed in, I have a feeling we will see fewer fans over the age of 65 in most venues.

In my market (Cincinnati) all reports are that season ticket sales are up from the last “normal” season (2019). The Bearcats return 16 starters from the Peach Bowl team, along with HC Luke Fickell. UC FB is the only team winning in the city right now (this includes the pro teams).
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(03-30-2021 07:27 AM)TexanMark Wrote:  Ok a general past truism: if your team did well in 2020 or there is hype your team should be better in 2021 that attendance should improve.

What is the consensus out there?

Is your school raising ticket prices?
Is Football popular still?
Any indication that Covid-19 will still keep folks afraid?

Well, the Texas Rangers might tell us something about the last question, as they announced they are allowing 100% attendance. Their first regular season home game is this Monday, April 5. IIRC, no social distancing is required but masking is unless eating.

I suspect attendance will be significantly lower than in 2019, at least initially until everyone is vaccinated, because some will likely not want to attend out of fear of the virus.
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Cuse didn't raise pricing and in fact there is 7 games in '21 vs 6 last year...so prices actually went down.

2019 was a banner attendance year but I think we'll see a drop of 3-5000 in '21.

Covid, negative demographic changes and a horrible team in '20

The newly renovated Dome with A/C should help though
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Fall 2021 will go back to mostly normal. It's estimated that at least 75% of adults will have been fully vaccinated by then, mostly refusniks left. It's looking likely that you'll need a vaccination "passport" to attend large events. Despite some push back from certain governors and politicians, I think it will have broad support because a very large majority of people will have been vaccinated and will want to be able to go where they want, and will say screw the hold outs -- pretty much the same sentiment as people have on parents who want to enroll their kids in school but refuse to vaccinate them.

But I think attendance will be down. Some people found other things to fill their time other than sports, and a year or two of youth focusing on sports was lost. Probably 10% across the board is a good guess. Successful programs down less, as usual.
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(03-30-2021 08:44 AM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(03-30-2021 07:27 AM)TexanMark Wrote:  Ok a general past truism: if your team did well in 2020 or there is hype your team should be better in 2021 that attendance should improve.

What is the consensus out there?

Is your school raising ticket prices?
Is Football popular still?
Any indication that Covid-19 will still keep folks afraid?

Well, the Texas Rangers might tell us something about the last question, as they announced they are allowing 100% attendance. Their first regular season home game is this Monday, April 5. IIRC, no social distancing is required but masking is unless eating.

I suspect attendance will be significantly lower than in 2019, at least initially until everyone is vaccinated, because some will likely not want to attend out of fear of the virus.

The Rangers have a special caveat as Globe Life Field opened last season but with no fans but for the MLB playoffs. They had 12,900 paid last night for a exhibition against the Brewers and first responders were admitted free. Newness will drive curiosity to see even the Rangers
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(03-30-2021 12:10 PM)Stugray2 Wrote:  Fall 2021 will go back to mostly normal. It's estimated that at least 75% of adults will have been fully vaccinated by then, mostly refusniks left. It's looking likely that you'll need a vaccination "passport" to attend large events. Despite some push back from certain governors and politicians, I think it will have broad support because a very large majority of people will have been vaccinated and will want to be able to go where they want, and will say screw the hold outs -- pretty much the same sentiment as people have on parents who want to enroll their kids in school but refuse to vaccinate them.

But I think attendance will be down. Some people found other things to fill their time other than sports, and a year or two of youth focusing on sports was lost. Probably 10% across the board is a good guess. Successful programs down less, as usual.

Personally I think attendance will suffer. People have gotten out of the habit, and it will take a while for many to get back into attending. Your team better be good this year, or it will have a tough time attendance wise.
TCU is keeping prices the same this year. They did open the new suite and club seat section last year. Of course with attendance at 25%, there we plenty of seats available. The suites are all sold.
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Effects of COVID are TBD, Memphis PR seems centered around achieving R1 status in the fall.
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Expect to see a giant increase in the use of E-tickets. Ticket holders will have to provide proof of vaccine or negative covid test to gain entry. Proof will be linked to your E-ticket.
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(03-30-2021 07:33 PM)mikeinsec127 Wrote:  Expect to see a giant increase in the use of E-tickets. Ticket holders will have to provide proof of vaccine or negative covid test to gain entry. Proof will be linked to your E-ticket.

03-puke

Sadly you’re probably right about e-tickets. God forbid they spend 10 cents to print out a ticket stub fans can keep as a momento for life.
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(03-31-2021 12:10 AM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  
(03-30-2021 07:33 PM)mikeinsec127 Wrote:  Expect to see a giant increase in the use of E-tickets. Ticket holders will have to provide proof of vaccine or negative covid test to gain entry. Proof will be linked to your E-ticket.

03-puke

Sadly you’re probably right about e-tickets. God forbid they spend 10 cents to print out a ticket stub fans can keep as a momento for life.

Some schools will print out tickets for collectors and luddites.
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(03-30-2021 07:27 AM)TexanMark Wrote:  Ok a general past truism: if your team did well in 2020 or there is hype your team should be better in 2021 that attendance should improve.

What is the consensus out there?

Is your school raising ticket prices?
Is Football popular still?
Any indication that Covid-19 will still keep folks afraid?

Ticket prices seem to be slightly lower except for the big rivalry games, of course.
Yes, football is still popular.
Given that the governor of Georgia is trying to open up the state, and Alabama is about to do so also, I would say that Covid-19 isn't scaring everyone, but I wouldn't say that is unanimous across the state or the Deep South. Covid-19 still scares quite a few folks down here.
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(04-01-2021 10:44 PM)DawgNBama Wrote:  
(03-30-2021 07:27 AM)TexanMark Wrote:  Ok a general past truism: if your team did well in 2020 or there is hype your team should be better in 2021 that attendance should improve.

What is the consensus out there?

Is your school raising ticket prices?
Is Football popular still?
Any indication that Covid-19 will still keep folks afraid?

Ticket prices seem to be slightly lower except for the big rivalry games, of course.
Yes, football is still popular.
Given that the governor of Georgia is trying to open up the state, and Alabama is about to do so also, I would say that Covid-19 isn't scaring everyone, but I wouldn't say that is unanimous across the state or the Deep South. Covid-19 still scares quite a few folks down here.

New cases are down in Georgia, which is good. That said, another 132 people died of COVID in the last 2 days in the Peach State, which is obviously not good (average of 66 per day). I'm guessing that number will begin to drop soon - provided they don't do something to drive up the new cases and start another cycle, that is.

There seems to be a lot of pushback against taking the vaccine, which is a concern. Some of those are the very same people who refuse to wear masks, making it a double-whammy. I just hope the governors do what it takes to eradicate this pandemic before football season!
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(04-02-2021 07:47 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  
(04-01-2021 10:44 PM)DawgNBama Wrote:  
(03-30-2021 07:27 AM)TexanMark Wrote:  Ok a general past truism: if your team did well in 2020 or there is hype your team should be better in 2021 that attendance should improve.

What is the consensus out there?

Is your school raising ticket prices?
Is Football popular still?
Any indication that Covid-19 will still keep folks afraid?

Ticket prices seem to be slightly lower except for the big rivalry games, of course.
Yes, football is still popular.
Given that the governor of Georgia is trying to open up the state, and Alabama is about to do so also, I would say that Covid-19 isn't scaring everyone, but I wouldn't say that is unanimous across the state or the Deep South. Covid-19 still scares quite a few folks down here.

New cases are down in Georgia, which is good. That said, another 132 people died of COVID in the last 2 days in the Peach State, which is obviously not good (average of 66 per day). I'm guessing that number will begin to drop soon - provided they don't do something to drive up the new cases and start another cycle, that is.

There seems to be a lot of pushback against taking the vaccine, which is a concern. Some of those are the very same people who refuse to wear masks, making it a double-whammy. I just hope the governors do what it takes to eradicate this pandemic before football season!

Masks and whatever are pretty meaningless at this point, IMO. Not in a scientific sense, whatever the scientists say about them, sure. But in the more important values sense, what we should care about. It's about the vaccine, and we are vaccinating over 3 million people a day. At that rate we will have the vast majority vaccinated within a matter of months.

If some don't want to get the vaccine, that's their business, they are exposing themselves, well, as much as we can say someone is exposing themselves to a weak virus that kills about 1 in 300 infected, and far lower than that if you aren't over 80 years old. And if you want to say "well they are also possibly exposing those who are vulnerable" well the vulnerable are getting vaccines so not a problem.

We should be good to go for football.
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We underperformed last year and had COVID concerns on top of that. Historically, we don't come out in droves for football even in good years. I do expect attendance to improve this coming season. Our coaching staff has a "win now" attitude and has infused the team with experienced talent across the board.
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UCF announced we are 90% sold out of season tickets for next year.
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(04-02-2021 08:56 AM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(04-02-2021 07:47 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  
(04-01-2021 10:44 PM)DawgNBama Wrote:  
(03-30-2021 07:27 AM)TexanMark Wrote:  Ok a general past truism: if your team did well in 2020 or there is hype your team should be better in 2021 that attendance should improve.

What is the consensus out there?

Is your school raising ticket prices?
Is Football popular still?
Any indication that Covid-19 will still keep folks afraid?

Ticket prices seem to be slightly lower except for the big rivalry games, of course.
Yes, football is still popular.
Given that the governor of Georgia is trying to open up the state, and Alabama is about to do so also, I would say that Covid-19 isn't scaring everyone, but I wouldn't say that is unanimous across the state or the Deep South. Covid-19 still scares quite a few folks down here.

New cases are down in Georgia, which is good. That said, another 132 people died of COVID in the last 2 days in the Peach State, which is obviously not good (average of 66 per day). I'm guessing that number will begin to drop soon - provided they don't do something to drive up the new cases and start another cycle, that is.

There seems to be a lot of pushback against taking the vaccine, which is a concern. Some of those are the very same people who refuse to wear masks, making it a double-whammy. I just hope the governors do what it takes to eradicate this pandemic before football season!

Masks and whatever are pretty meaningless at this point, IMO. Not in a scientific sense, whatever the scientists say about them, sure. But in the more important values sense, what we should care about. It's about the vaccine, and we are vaccinating over 3 million people a day. At that rate we will have the vast majority vaccinated within a matter of months.

If some don't want to get the vaccine, that's their business, they are exposing themselves, well, as much as we can say someone is exposing themselves to a weak virus that kills about 1 in 300 infected, and far lower than that if you aren't over 80 years old. And if you want to say "well they are also possibly exposing those who are vulnerable" well the vulnerable are getting vaccines so not a problem.

We should be good to go for football.

I don't disagree with your conclusion, but you are promoting inaccurate statistics. The total number of cases in the Unites States is 31,259,758. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 is 566,772. That works out to 1.8%, or 1 in 55 -- far from your estimate of 1 in 300 (almost 6X worse). If you're going to quote stats, at least try to be accurate - there's been too much misinformation floating around already.
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(04-02-2021 11:05 AM)BraveKnight Wrote:  UCF announced we are 90% sold out of season tickets for next year.

Is that non-student seats?

It must be nice to have a gazillion students for filling seats
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(04-02-2021 11:28 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  
(04-02-2021 08:56 AM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(04-02-2021 07:47 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  
(04-01-2021 10:44 PM)DawgNBama Wrote:  
(03-30-2021 07:27 AM)TexanMark Wrote:  Ok a general past truism: if your team did well in 2020 or there is hype your team should be better in 2021 that attendance should improve.

What is the consensus out there?

Is your school raising ticket prices?
Is Football popular still?
Any indication that Covid-19 will still keep folks afraid?

Ticket prices seem to be slightly lower except for the big rivalry games, of course.
Yes, football is still popular.
Given that the governor of Georgia is trying to open up the state, and Alabama is about to do so also, I would say that Covid-19 isn't scaring everyone, but I wouldn't say that is unanimous across the state or the Deep South. Covid-19 still scares quite a few folks down here.

New cases are down in Georgia, which is good. That said, another 132 people died of COVID in the last 2 days in the Peach State, which is obviously not good (average of 66 per day). I'm guessing that number will begin to drop soon - provided they don't do something to drive up the new cases and start another cycle, that is.

There seems to be a lot of pushback against taking the vaccine, which is a concern. Some of those are the very same people who refuse to wear masks, making it a double-whammy. I just hope the governors do what it takes to eradicate this pandemic before football season!

Masks and whatever are pretty meaningless at this point, IMO. Not in a scientific sense, whatever the scientists say about them, sure. But in the more important values sense, what we should care about. It's about the vaccine, and we are vaccinating over 3 million people a day. At that rate we will have the vast majority vaccinated within a matter of months.

If some don't want to get the vaccine, that's their business, they are exposing themselves, well, as much as we can say someone is exposing themselves to a weak virus that kills about 1 in 300 infected, and far lower than that if you aren't over 80 years old. And if you want to say "well they are also possibly exposing those who are vulnerable" well the vulnerable are getting vaccines so not a problem.

We should be good to go for football.

I don't disagree with your conclusion, but you are promoting inaccurate statistics. The total number of cases in the Unites States is 31,259,758. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 is 566,772. That works out to 1.8%, or 1 in 55 -- far from your estimate of 1 in 300 (almost 6X worse). If you're going to quote stats, at least try to be accurate - there's been too much misinformation floating around already.

The total number of cases IMHO is much higher as many were asymptomatic.
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(04-02-2021 11:28 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  
(04-02-2021 08:56 AM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(04-02-2021 07:47 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  
(04-01-2021 10:44 PM)DawgNBama Wrote:  
(03-30-2021 07:27 AM)TexanMark Wrote:  Ok a general past truism: if your team did well in 2020 or there is hype your team should be better in 2021 that attendance should improve.

What is the consensus out there?

Is your school raising ticket prices?
Is Football popular still?
Any indication that Covid-19 will still keep folks afraid?

Ticket prices seem to be slightly lower except for the big rivalry games, of course.
Yes, football is still popular.
Given that the governor of Georgia is trying to open up the state, and Alabama is about to do so also, I would say that Covid-19 isn't scaring everyone, but I wouldn't say that is unanimous across the state or the Deep South. Covid-19 still scares quite a few folks down here.

New cases are down in Georgia, which is good. That said, another 132 people died of COVID in the last 2 days in the Peach State, which is obviously not good (average of 66 per day). I'm guessing that number will begin to drop soon - provided they don't do something to drive up the new cases and start another cycle, that is.

There seems to be a lot of pushback against taking the vaccine, which is a concern. Some of those are the very same people who refuse to wear masks, making it a double-whammy. I just hope the governors do what it takes to eradicate this pandemic before football season!

Masks and whatever are pretty meaningless at this point, IMO. Not in a scientific sense, whatever the scientists say about them, sure. But in the more important values sense, what we should care about. It's about the vaccine, and we are vaccinating over 3 million people a day. At that rate we will have the vast majority vaccinated within a matter of months.

If some don't want to get the vaccine, that's their business, they are exposing themselves, well, as much as we can say someone is exposing themselves to a weak virus that kills about 1 in 300 infected, and far lower than that if you aren't over 80 years old. And if you want to say "well they are also possibly exposing those who are vulnerable" well the vulnerable are getting vaccines so not a problem.

We should be good to go for football.

I don't disagree with your conclusion, but you are promoting inaccurate statistics. The total number of cases in the Unites States is 31,259,758. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 is 566,772. That works out to 1.8%, or 1 in 55 -- far from your estimate of 1 in 300 (almost 6X worse). If you're going to quote stats, at least try to be accurate - there's been too much misinformation floating around already.

If your numbers are accurate (and it seems they are), thanks for the clarification. I read Quo's post and thought the numbers might have been off a bit.

I feel attendance will be strong in 2021. Fans are ready to rumble.
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