If you build it, will they come?

So now athletic directors across the country are worried that they’re losing the next generation of wallets… er, fans.

At Michigan, student sales were off so significantly this spring (an estimated 5,000 season tickets according to MLive.com) that the school made some of that allotment available to the general public. Iowa has been so desperate to draw students, it recently offered entry into a tuition giveaway drawing in exchange for buying a season ticket. Even Alabama has had issues filling its student section, prompting complaints from head coach Nick Saban last year.

“It’s a very real concern,” Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione said. “It certainly gives reason for pause because right now the demand for tickets may still be high overall in the marketplace, but within that segment the demand isn’t as strong. It’s an ongoing issue the last couple years and we’re trying a lot of different things to attract students to create a stronger connection.”

Though not every program is experiencing a student malaise – Minnesota, for instance, experienced an increase of 10,000 students across its seven home games last year in correlation with a surprising 8-5 season – the data suggests athletic departments are finding it harder to draw students into the stadium and keep them there.

What to do, what to do…

Well, there’s always beer sales.  (I’m only being semi-facetious.)

More seriously, there’s a certain you’ve made your bed, now lie in it aspect to this problem.  Wave to the cameras, fellas!

In some ways, schools have done this to themselves. College football is now owned by television and increasingly available on streaming video. The Pac-12, Big Ten and now SEC have their own networks, guaranteeing that practically every game is televised. Even some of the smaller leagues like the Mountain West and American Athletic Conference have deals to live stream a large portion of their content that isn’t picked up by national television.

The last round of television contracts (and subsequent conference realignment) set the bar at $20 million per power conference school per year, give or take a couple million from league to league. In exchange, schools were essentially left to compete against themselves.

“I don’t think it’s a targeted demographic problem; I think it’s more of a (high-definition) TV, living room, leather couch problem and we have to give the people a reason to come to our live product,” Washington athletics director Scott Woodward said. “It is something we’re going to have to address and deal with.”

But you guys have no clue.  In-stadium wi-fi ain’t gonna save you.

At the very least, forging a stronger connection between football programs and the next generation of ticket buyers is going to take some work and creativity.

Pitt heavily promotes student tailgates and markets discounted club level tickets to graduate students because it believes that group is prime to be targeted as potential donors. Last season, Memphis offered two free season tickets to every 2012-13 graduate and got an attendance pop of more than 4,000 per game. Florida has come up with several incentives, including discounted tickets for recent graduates and the opportunity to win a “VIP” experience going behind the scenes on game day or to be part of the pre-game tunnel.

Student tailgate promotion isn’t a bad idea, but does anyone see Athens taking a course like that?  Actually, the key word in that paragraph is “discount”.  Expect a steadily larger dose of that in the coming years.  If you’re an AD, half a ticket revenue loaf is better than none.  And maybe you can make it up in the next TV contract.

Or you can give in.

“I hear concern from various (athletics directors) that their season ticket base is aging,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said. “You need to step back and take a look at the reasons and really understand what (younger people) want from that game day experience.

“And if I’m an athletic director now and I’m building a stadium or a basketball arena, I’d be very careful about the size of it. For years, people always felt bigger was better and I don’t think that’s true anymore, nor do I think it will be true going forward.”​

You can do that at Georgia Tech, for sure.

One last cynical note:  anybody notice the key word missing from the entire article?  That would be “scheduling”.

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  1. Rp

    I think a lot of the student attendance problem has to do with demographics in addition to the issues mentioned above. At schools like Michigan and UGA, admissions standards are now through the roof. I would bet there are fewer white males that are heavily interested in sports and more females, foreign students, and high achieving students that dont give a damn about sports.

    • South FL Dawg

      I shudder at the solution if this is true.

      • Mayor

        He’s right. The real problem with Tech’s attendance at home football games isn’t just the lousy product Tech puts on the field and/or availability of the games for free on TV. It’s the makeup of the student body–now 40% or more are foreign students, particularly Asians, who stay in the library all day on Saturdays and don’t give a rats’ ass about “American football.”

        • I don’t have data, but I think in 2000 the same was true, and they filled the place. They also did that with “high” admission standards, so the Tech argument that the administration is killing their ability to field a competitive team is bullshit (Standford, Duke).

    • Krautdawg

      As a white male who prefers data to WAGSs, here’s your UGA class of 2014 academic profile:

      https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/first-year-class-profile.html

      And here are the demographics:

      https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/a-closer-look.html

      Just so you know, Michigan has had similar profiles for a long while and still filled up a 100,000-person stadium. Also, I was VP of the international dorm during my time at UGA. The foreign students — male & female — loved going to games and were ecstatic when we could find them tickets. This included the Asians.

      So before we start blaming the foreigners, I’d suggest looking closer at the structural changes going on all over the place. College football isn’t a must-attend anymore because it doesn’t deliver any real value to students. What do you get from planting your ass in the stadium? When I was there, you became initiated into a larger community (after we beat UT in 2000, I saw my HS literature teacher carrying a goalpost through DT Athens). And now? The Administration encourages sobriety, early bedtimes, and a “find UGA” game on the scoreboard. God help us all. They’re practically posting a disclaimer that if you want the college experience, Gameday in Athens isn’t your scene.

      I’m sure they have their reasons. But ADs around the country have turned the “gameday experience” into something an HD Hitachi can replicate. So in the end, yes, I suppose we can blame the Asians.

      • Rp

        I wasn’t trying to “blame” the Asians. I have no problem with anyone that puts other interests (academic achievement) over getting s-housed at a football game. Attending UGA doesn’t mean you are required to love the football team and post daily on GTP. Just offering another factor (among those you mention as well) that may explain some of the dropoff.

        However, I have to agree that the Stanford situation casts some doubt on my theory.

        • Krautdawg

          Man, I’m sorry, the Asians dig was not directed against you. It was for the Mayor, who may not yet have heard that we’ve been at peace with Vietnam for several years now.

          And I see your point about student body demographics correlating with football interest. I simply might see it a little differently because during my time, everyone got into Gameday regardless of race, religion, national origin, or — dare I say it — yankee provenance. The first ticket I bought was for $100, from an Indian girl who was furious that her brother had decided to get married on a Fall Saturday. This was before smartphones, so she ended up setting up a TV at the reception against the protests of everyone over 40.

          So in the end, I’d argue that we’re not merely losing the non-white-male crowd, we’re losing white male students as well. The decline in student interest is universal. For CFB, that’s far scarier, and it’s one more consequence of the tunnel vision for short-term revenue maximization endemic to the sport right now.

          • Dog in Fla

            “the Mayor, who may not yet have heard that we’ve been at peace with Vietnam for several years now.”

            Don’t tell him. Every minute the Mayor stays in his room, he gets weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush eating rats’ asses, he gets stronger. Each time the Mayor looks around, the walls move in a little tighter.

      • Mayor

        I am not blaming the Asians, either. I am blaming the academicians (and I include that non-academic asshole Mike Adams) who used the Hope scholarship to (irretrievably as best I can tell) change the fundamental character of the University of Georgia. Be honest with yourself, guys. Could you have gotten into Georgia if the admission standards in place today were the same when you graduated from HS? One of the things that I believed at the time I attended Georgia and still believe today is: The real charm of the University of Georgia was that a guy from Hahira, another guy from Villa Rica, yet another guy from Decatur and still other guys from Savannah, Augusta, Clarksville and the many other towns in Georgia, big and small, could come to Athens and meet, become lifelong friends, then return to their respective hometowns where they became local and state leaders. While in Athens they met and married girls from Barnesville, Blakney, Louisville, Blairsville, Toccoa, Columbus and other towns who also had become lifelong friends and, married to the future leaders in this state, stayed in touch when they graduated and moved to their new hometowns. That’s gone, my friends. Sacrificed at the alter of academic standards driven up so that nobody who hasn’t attended one of the private high schools in the 7 biggest metro areas of this state and the collection of high schools in the “doughnut” surrounding Atlanta can get into school there any more. We also have way too many foreigners and out-of-staters going to Georgia now, too. Tuition only covers about 1/3 of the cost of attending college. Why are we letting in so many non-Georgians and excluding in-state kids? That’s one of the factors that also has made admissions requirements increase at Georgia. I say better to have the former legacy than and artificially high composite HS GPA and ACT score for the freshman class which IMHO really mean nothing. So what if the admission standards on paper look better than 20 years ago? They’ll never match Harvard, Stanford or even Vanderbilt. They never were supposed to. If somebody wants that I say: “Go to Harvard, Stanford or Vanderbilt.” Leave my alma mater alone. It was just fine before.

        • A guy from Hahira, a guy from Villa Rica, a guy from Decatur and a guy from Savannah walk into a bar school… sorry, couldn’t resist. ;)

          • Mayor

            A giraffe walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender brings the drink and says, “That’ll be 20 dollars, please.” The giraffe pays. After finishing the drink the giraffe starts to leave. The bartender remarks, “This is the first time we’ve ever had a giraffe come in here.” The giraffe replies, “Yeah, and at these prices it will also be the last.” :)

  2. paul

    Scheduling. Funny how they miss that. However, if you look at the NCAA’s own fan research, the two most common issues that come up relative to the game day experience are clean bathrooms and better and more accessible concessions. Two things that are really not hard to accomplish yet are routinely ignored. Certainly at Sanford stadium anyway. Improve the tailgate experience? Not hard to do and it gets your alumni engaged (money for the school). Get me in the gate quickly and efficiently? Not hard to do. Add bathrooms and keep them clean? Maybe a little more difficult but certainly this can be done. Higher quality concessions at more locations? Not hard to do and profitable to boot. This not only isn’t rocket science, the end result is more revenue, increased engagement from alumni and fans and, oh yeah, did I mention more revenue? What am I missing here? Why are all these supposedly smart people acting like: a). they’re surprised and b). they don’t know what to do?

    • 69Dawg

      +1 For 25 years of season tickets the no real changes except to the concessions and rest rooms at the gates. The rest of the facilities are too small for 92,000 people. Hell they need to add TV screens to the restroom line in the concourse so you can actually see some of the game.

    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agreed. We quit going when they started making it more difficult to tailgate. Did I say difficult? I meant almost impossible. And game times shift frequently. Throw in the expense, and traffic around Gwinnett and ATL, and it became too hard to make the trip to Athens and get back home the same day. The hassle factor is far too high. But we do miss tailgating and the attending games very, very much. Those were great times!

  3. South FL Dawg

    I agree this isn’t a demographic problem but just people having big HDTV’s at home. IMO the way to counter that is scheduling opponents that fans want to see and facilitating tailgates and of course winning. But nothing is going to change while the people who are running things are individually profiting from the current structure. Rare is the person who changes what works for them individually.

  4. Biggus Rickus

    I enjoyed attending games much more when I was younger, the energy of the crowd and all that jazz. Now, I’d rather watch the game on TV. The only reason I ever go to games are to see friends and family I don’t normally get to see.

    Ultimately, this isn’t really a problem. They’ll either reduce prices or sell fewer seats. I guess they could also go the NFL route and black out games regionally if they don’t sell out.

    • Biggus Dickus

      Blacking out college games regionally would take Federal legislation. The NFL can do it because years ago, during the Nixon Administration as I recall, the League got the Feds to allow them to do it. Don’t you and the other personalities remember that?

      • In college I blacked out a lot of games, and I didn’t need the feds.

      • Biggus Rickus

        They can do it however they wish. The Nixon Administration and other politicians forced a change in policy from blacking out games whether they were sold out or not in local markets to only blacking them out if they weren’t sellouts.

        • Biggus Rickus

          I should have said they can do it however they can get the networks to agree to do it.

        • Biggus Dickus

          That was the NFL, BR, the NFL–26 (I believe at the time) pro teams, not college football. And it was during the Nixon Administration. Ain’t happening now with the current political environment and certainly not for NCAA games.

          • Biggus Rickus

            Politics has nothing to do with it. It would be a potential economic solution to a “problem” that each conference could work out with the networks when negotiating contracts. I was just throwing it out as a potential option. I’m not predicting they’ll try to do it or that the networks would agree to it.

            • Biggus Dickus

              BR, BR, BR. Even if the networks and all the conferences agree, and even if the NCAA signed off on it, they still can’t do it legally. A TV blackout is an anti-trust violation under Federal law. That’s why the NFL had to get special legislation to allow it which is not happening now. And politics has everything to do with it.

  5. Bob

    Scheduling, scheduling, scheduling. Did UGA have any problem with student attendance at the LSU and South Carolina games? Did UGA have any student problems at even the UK game which happened a week after the horror on the Plains? The Mizzou game was an early kickoff but even there it seemed student participation was ok. I didn’t notice a lack of students at the WLOCP.

    If they have a problem now, wait till next year’s home schedule with 4 really crap games. We will do great for Bama and Carolina and probably Mizzou. The other 4…maybe 4 cokes and 4 dogs will help. It aint the wi-fi and it ain’t piped in music. Its the product on the field.

    • James

      Be careful in confusing student season tickets sales with attendance.

      What’s interesting is the Michigan actually had a very bad student attendance problem the last two years, but not a student ticket sale problem (people paid, but didn’t use them). The AD’s response to the attendance problem was to punish the students that didn’t show up for kickoff. Well those students went ahead and just stopped buying tickets altogether. So that worked out.

  6. Mudcats Impala...

    I think UGA has been proactive in adressing student apathy. We’ve already pulled 2500 student tix starting in ’13 for the Young Alumni Program. From all reports it’s been very successful, selling out quickly both years so far…

  7. Dawg in Beaumont

    I agree with many that scheduling can be a partial solution to much of this.

    One thing I hadn’t really considered that may be relevant here: we are a more mobile society than we were even 25 years ago. This is to say, the students at the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, etc. are statistically less likely to have longstanding ties to their area and be a part of families that have been fans for multiple generations. While that doesn’t mean those students will never become big fans, it does stand to reason that a higher percentage than in the past will be apathetic about their school’s athletic teams.

    Obviously I think HDTV’s, every game being televised, etc. are the larger reasons here, but the mobility factor of our society doesn’t get mentioned much and I think it could be a factor (even if a small one).

    • JCDAWG83

      48% of the incoming freshman class were born outside of Georgia. While these students may really enjoy the games while they are students, I would imagine the majority would not have the passion that a third or fourth generation Dawg fan would have for coming back to games after they graduate. Given that at least half of the class are girls, who generally are not as big of fans as boys, the pool of potential future season ticket buyers starts to get squeezed pretty hard.

      Throw in a few more 8-5 seasons and the sight of empty seats at Sanford will get to be fairly common.

  8. JCDAWG83

    Students not showing up to watch a noon kickoff against Buffalo or Troy shouldn’t surprise anyone. Heck, the season ticket holders don’t fully show up for those type games and they pay the same for those tickets as they do for the AU or SC game. Attendance at a football game is not much different than attendance at any entertainment event. Crappy movies draw small audiences, bad bands don’t attract much of a crowd, why should ADs expect bad matchups to fill a stadium? The solution to low student attendance is simple, give them something good to watch.

    In my opinion, the bigger problem is the aging ticket buyer population. Young alumni and fans have a hard time justifying the cost of tickets. When the required “donation” is made and the price of the ticket is added, it is not uncommon for the cost of attending to be in the neighborhood of $100 per seat/per game, and that is not for premium seats. When young alumni look at spending $200 plus cost of gas, food, beer, etc which could easily add up to $3-400 for a day in Athens for two people to watch Georgia play Charleston Southern, many of them opt to hang on to their money and stay home or engage in another hobby. Add to that being treated like a terrorist or criminal by the cops in Athens and the stadium security and it becomes easier to see why young alumni aren’t knocking down the doors to sign up for season tickets.

    All of this said, the admin is not going to change a thing until the money starts dropping off. The folks at Butts Mehre are making a fortune, why would they change anything? They think pumping in recorded music and increasing cell coverage is going to make a difference, they are wrong. People do not go to football games to listen to recorded music or talk on a cell phone, they can do all of those things without paying for a ticket or traveling to Athens.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      I’m glad you mentioned the way the Athens cops and campus cops treat people because that is a factor. Somebody in the Administration (Morehead, perhaps?) needs to address this with campus security and also have a talk with the city fathers. They are killing the golden goose.

    • Add to this list a lack of reasonably priced lodging in Athens for a weekend and you have my thoughts exactly. I’ve gotten in the habit of renting a charter bus to/from Atlanta twice a year – If you can get 20 people to go it is cheaper than a crappy motel room for 2 nights.

    • James

      “Young alumni and fans have a hard time justifying the cost of tickets.”

      It feels a lot like what’s happened to country clubs. You paid wildly inflated prices for membership, ect., which was all part of joining a society. Now people are thinking a lot more like pure consumers, because they’re being treated like consumers, and so people do things like figure out two tickets for the two big games on stub hub cost a lost less than all the requirements you outlined year after year for season tickets.

  9. RocketDawg

    I lost interest in going to every game when the University kicked us out of our tailgate spot and started charging $20 a game to park and then limiting where you could set up your tailgate. It isn’t worth the effort to park in the deck, schelp all of the tailgate crap over to a spot only to have to break it down an hour before kickoff so you can pack it back to the car and make it to the stadium on time. The last few years we had tickets we arrived a couple of hours before kick off, ate at Snelling and then walked to the stadium. Sorry I would rather just stay at home and watch on TV. The lack of quality games is a concern as well, it seems that we only have one “big game” per year at home and the rest aren’t worth the gas to get there. I think in coming years all schools are going to have a hard time filling the seats, especially with the increasing NFL-ization of the college product.

    • JCDAWG83

      Excellent point. The university and the city of Athen’s thinly veiled contempt of the fans doesn’t exactly make people anxious to go to a game they can sit at home with friends and watch on TV. All the tailgating “rules” seem designed to deter as many people as possible from attempting to have an enjoyable day. I would think the university and the city would be more accommodating to the crowds that come to the games, spend millions of dollars and support the university. We are only talking about six days a year and the school and the city know exactly which days those are for years in advance. I guess the university and the city enjoy telling other people what to do.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        +1,000. See my post above.

      • Bright Idea

        The University asking tailgaters to clean up after themselves and not trash the campus has to be a real turn off too. Younger folks are used to mom doing that for them. When folks prefer tailgating over the actual game a downturn in attendance is to be expected. Being able to watch the game on TV while you tailgate, on campus or elsewhere, will keep butts out of the seats.

        • JCDAWG83

          You are wrong on this one. Most everyone I know, old and young, cleans up their tailgating spot as much as they can. If the university had put dumpsters or had people emptying trash cans during the day, pretty much everyone would have cleaned up after themselves. The university does not give anyone a place to put trash and then complains that people don’t clean up after themselves. I guess it is an absurd idea to have clean up crews show up about the time of kickoff and start hauling off bags of garbage? Also, why does the university come and take away all of the trash containers during the game? What are people supposed to do with their trash if they stay after the game is over? I don’t think it is unreasonable for fans to expect the university to provide a place to put trash if they are going to charge for parking, mandate donations, and generally squeeze money out of fans every chance they get.

        • Bulldawg165

          ” Younger folks are used to mom doing that for them”

          Lol. This guy must be a baby boomer. If you think the current generation is crap, remember that it was YOUR generation that was responsible for raising them ;)

    • +1, Rocket. Plus, for me the obnoxious, electronic noise was the last straw. And that was 2006. All of that is much worse now.
      ~~~

  10. Scorpio Jones, III

    “College football is now owned by television and increasingly available on streaming video.:

    Nuff said?

  11. Normaltown Mike

    I don’t give a rat’s ass if students come or not.

    If 50 years from now college football is played in front of sparse crowds of 30K and broadcast on The Ocho, I’ll still enjoy it.

    The obsession with youth culture or youth preferences is the hallmark of stupidity.

    • JCDAWG83

      I don’t obsess with youth, but if we don’t have young fans and ticket holders, we will eventually have no fans and ticket holders.

  12. The college system today itself is set up against younger alumni donating or purchasing season tickets. Maybe less so at UGA than other schools, because of the HOPE scholarship – but many young alumni and post graduates in this country are paying off massive student loan debt for years after graduating. UGA has done well to attempt to alleviate that problem with the young alumni program – I wish they had done that back when I was eligible. When I was a young alumni (07/08) season ticket minimum donation prices skyrocketed.

    As for the tailgate “issues” we experienced on North Campus around the same time – something needed to be done, the place was getting trashed – but in a classic Michael Adams move, they overreacted. There is no reason for police to have to patrol North Campus for hours in order to stop families from setting up a friggin tailgate at noon. That is just ridiculous. Use those man hours to patrol the tailgates to STOP THE AWFUL BEHAVIOR THAT CAUSED THE CRACKDOWN.

    • The HOPE mention is an interesting one. Free college is an incredible attraction. Think about it, a kid in GA wants to go to UNC really badly but when push comes to shove they can go to UGA for free instead. How much of that kind of thinking goes in to a lack of student/young alumni interest? Take the free tuition out of the equation and you have kids that would’ve only chosen UGA.

      As far as blacking games out–do you think ESPN would agree to give up all that ad revenue? Me neither.

      People are talking about WiFi in the stadium helping. Maybe it does. We are so much more connected now in general that we used to be. It is easy now to keep in touch/ banter with your friends from college during games from your house–even if you are in different states. The game day experience used to be a mini-reunion (still is for many) but younger people don’t need that meeting place to keep in touch/re-connect.

      Yes–Adams all but ruined tailgating…but I think there are other larger factors at work here.

  13. Chuck

    Scheduling. And the dumba$$e$ in charge went the entirely wrong direction by making conferences bigger.

    The top level of college football should have 8, 10-team conferences. Everybody plays everybody else in conferrence, best record is conf champion, no championship game. Conference champs enter 8-team bracket for Natl Champ, ONLY CONFERENCE RECORD COUNTS TOWARD MAKING PLAYOFF. Teams could play high level opponents outside conference and not have it effect making playoff. Excitement off the charts for both in and outside conference.

    BTW, UGA would be in a conference with USCEast, Clemson, Gaytors, F$U, the U, Bama, AU, Tech, and UT. Maybe we’d play Notre Dame, Texas and Wisconsin out of conf. Real damn hard to win a conf title (and subsequent Natl title if you can run that gauntlet), but the point of this exercise is WHO WOULD MISS ANY OF THOSE HOME GAMES?!?

  14. DawgPhan

    I dont think that scheduing the is the magic bullet that some of you want it to be.

    You are still going to be competing with the in home experience. If everyone ups their scheduling and you are suddenly putting your in stadium UGA v Ohio State experience against my In home UGA v Ohio State and LSU v Michigan and Alabama v Oklahoma and USC v Penn State and Clemson v Texas Tech experience you are still gong to lose without improved stadium experience.

    You need better wifi, you need more TVs, you need a better experience. Simply putting a better game in the stadium isnt enough because you only get to put 1 game in the stadium. I can have every single game on at my house for the whole day. And do it for less or the same money and 100% less hassle of getting into and out of athens.

    Yeah sure everyone wants to see better games, but better games instead going to drive sustain growth in ticket sales. Until the time when going to a game is better than watching those other games at home. Right now watching those other games at home is better than seeing one UGA game in Athens for a growing number of people.

  15. 69Dawg

    It’s really simple., As has been stated above, it’s all about the money. Right now it’s just embarrassing to the school to have empty seats. Soon more schools will be like Tech and have to think about eliminating seats. I guess if the Jacksonville Jags can take out 5,000 seats and cover even more the colleges can do that. Personally before I would have a season ticket in the 600 section of Sanford I would stay home too. Dooley over built the house that Herschel built. The 600 section should have never been built.

    • Mayor

      How many seats do you think are in the 600 sections, 69? Is that the increase from 86,000 to 92,000?

  16. tess

    The reason scheduling does make a difference is the atmosphere. It’s exciting to be at a good game, in person, in with the crowd. It’s fun to be part of the roar, to have the shared experience. It’s even great to wake up the next day with a craggy voice and slightly ringing ears (due to yelling, not speakers). I’d rather miss the LSU or UF games to experience a UGA game like that.

    However, we’re among the season ticket holders who skip cupcake games, as do the family in front of us since they live out of state. It’s entirely demoralizing to be sitting in the blistering heat watching us half-ass our way through Buffalo, with tubs of Coke that have 3 ice cubes, crammed against some guy who decided Axe body spray + cheap bourbon was the same as a shower. (Or to sit in the increasingly heavy rain through about half a dozen time outs in the last minutes of North Texas–at least it wasn’t hot for that game, but the halftime score did the demoralizing there.)

    Scheduling makes a difference.

    • Dog in Fla

      “It’s entirely demoralizing to be sitting in the blistering heat watching us half-ass our way through Buffalo, with tubs of Coke that have 3 ice cubes, crammed against some guy who decided Axe body spray + cheap bourbon was the same as a shower.”

      Why can’t gentlemen use Old Spice anymore?

  17. Cojones

    Before-the-game cookie sales for students! You could truly load up the student section and have the biggest friggin’ during-the-game parties ever seen at Sanford. It’s appealing to many modern students, no matter the country of origin. Differing “culturing” tastes, “flavor” types, Amster-don’t-givea-damns; all with projected body weight capacities. “Cotton Candy” will be the top flavor of the year

    Fing Scooter rentals. They don’t take up parking space and they come with large crowd “Herd Masters” for security. Our ESPN model (Early Spacefinder, People Nuisance) has wide “wings” up front to keep crowds away. Three submodels include the Kneebanger, the Dumbo (larger stupid crowd separator) and the colossal Paul Finebaum submodel that makes everyone tune out and run away.

    You can’t enjoy that experience sitting at home with tv. Well, I can, but …..

  18. AusDawg85

    I blame Global Warming.

  19. NoAxeToGrind

    Why come to a stadium and watch a ballgame when the fat assed woman sitting next to you takes up her seat as well as 1/2 of yours? That’s the last time I attended a game, and that has been years ago. The first time I attended a game was in 1959 and the stadium seated about 45,000 and one could park close to the stadium. That was fine. 92,000 is absurd.

  20. I Wanna Red Cup

    And we just announced a big game for 2016 home schedule- Nichols State. Can’t wait