Declining attendance a problem for schools

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MJackson

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Declining attendance a problem for schools Monday, February 17, 2014 10:29 PM (permalink)
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as noted in recent years, schools are worried about declining attendance rates, not only because empty seats equals less money now, but also potentially less money in the future when students become the alumni of tomorrow. 
 
 


This year, the University of Michigan drew the most fans of any school for the 16th year in a row. But 26 percent of students who paid for their tickets didn't show up at an average home game this season. That's an increase from 25 percent last year and 21 percent in 2011.
 
Not only did Michigan have more no-shows, they also only sold 19,850 student season tickets, about a 10 percent drop from the year before. Michigan added a $7.50 fee to each ticket this season to support student programs and also took away senior reserved seating in favor of a general admission policy which contributed to fewer people buying tickets.
 
Hoping to slow the slide, Michigan sent out a questionnaire to students at season's end, asking them why they might not have been happy with the stadium experience.
 
Adam Stillman, a senior at Michigan who attended all but one of the team's home games this year, shared his answers with ESPN.com. How he prioritized his answers might scare administrators, many of whom have looked to Wi-Fi connectivity as the answer to attracting younger fans. Stillman ranked sitting with friends, sitting close to the field, the outcome of the game, tailgating, the student section atmosphere, food specials and entertainment before the importance of Wi-Fi.
 
"I've kind of accepted that I'm not getting reception in and around Michigan Stadium," Stillman said. "The problem is in all the other areas. There's nothing to do while I'm waiting on line for an hour to get into the stadium, and there's little added value from being in the stands watching the game."

 
i had an idea to possibly keep everyone more entertained.  show highlights/live look ins of other games around the country on the jumbotrons during timeouts, halftime, etc.  not sure how that'd work in terms of schools gaining permission to show it, but it'd be awesome for the diehard CFB fans to see how other teams are doing when the alabamas, michigans, and florida states are blowing out southwestern idaho state 55-10
 
bashing of brandon in 3. . .2 . . .1
 
 
 



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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:24 AM (permalink)
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Stop the noon games. They suck. 

 
 
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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Tuesday, February 18, 2014 5:50 AM (permalink)
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Win more games!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:12 AM (permalink)
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There's no chance the rising cost of attendance has anything to do with it right????? Or that in order to buy tickets to watch the Wolverines play ND, you also have to purchase games against Indiana and Eastern Michigan. Or that many schools now require students to pay a separate fee?

This isn't rocket science here.
 
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-Dennis Franklin
 
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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:35 AM (permalink)
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MgoBrett

Win more games!!!!!!!!!!!

Zackly.  Who wanted to pay to watch this team play after October last season?
"We have to work harder."
-Brady "BRadio" Hoke during any post-game press conference in the last year.
 
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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:13 AM (permalink)
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Same reason nobody wanted to buy your nasty a** big new yorker pizza, Dave. The product sucks big time.
 
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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:09 AM (permalink)
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Winning cures everything.
Don't argue with me. I am the windshield and you are the bug.
 
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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:22 AM (permalink)
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MgoBrett


Win more games!!!!!!!!!!!

 
This makes too much sense.  We can't do that.
 
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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:44 AM (permalink)
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Just like recruiting…win and students will come, early, often and be loud….

Go Blue!!

Ohio St.'s actions are not unlike their lower intestine: stinky and loaded with danger.

 
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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:04 PM (permalink)
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apparently no one read the article, just the quoted part about michigan.  yeah winning is a big factor, but it's a lot more than that.  alabama and georgia have had attendance issues as well.  michigan state had large swathes of empty sections this year while having their best season in 3 decades. 
 
prices are a bi***, especially when you consider that you don't have to spend half your day planned around 1 game, compared to enjoying the game on a 65 inch HDTV with multiple games to choose from, in the comfort of your own home with cheaper food, drinks, etc.
 
 



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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Wednesday, February 19, 2014 8:47 AM (permalink)
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The game that really hammered it home for me was UM/MSU this past season. There were empty seats in both the lower and upper sections. If you can't fill that stadium (which is smaller) for that game there's a problem. The weather wasn't great but still...
Phil Callihan    Editor-in-Chief   UMGoBlue.COM
 
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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:17 PM (permalink)
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UMWingedHelmet


Winning cures everything.

Believe it or not, Alabama is having similar attendance issues with attention to the student section. 
 
Edit: Didn't see that someone already mentioned this. 

 
 
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Re:Declining attendance a problem for schools Friday, February 21, 2014 7:12 AM (permalink)
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I think the overall turn of major college football into "NFL-lite" is what has hurt things the most. It's a combination of having to shell out the bucks for everything under the sun at the game, treating fans like walking dollar signs, scheduling stupid directional I-AA schools to pad wins, and having a win at all costs mentality. 
 
I save all of my ticket stubs from games I've been to. I paid $20 to park at the University golf course (split with 3 other people), and paid $25 for my ticket against Virginia in 1995. This was a "special game"- the "Pigskin Classic". Total cost to me to get in: $30.  Fast forward to this year's "special game" against Notre Dame. First I had to pay a seat license fee just to get my ticket (only about $5 bucks, but still), paid $50 to get into the same golf course (split two ways), and paid $95 for my ticket. Total cost to me now?  $125. That's a 300% increase from just 18 seasons prior. 
 
The college football experience used to be a family experience. We could take 6 family members to a game, have a picnic before the game and go see a game at a reasonable price. How many families can afford this at the above prices? Hell, in the NFL, they have things like "family four-packs" of seating, and special promos with free hot dogs and pop to get you to bring your kids.  At big time college stadiums? You have two choices: be a student, or pay full price.
 
Think about it. If you want all of the above, you already have it in the NFL- you don't need college football. What happens when you get the above in line step and you don't have a good product? You get stadiums filled like the Jacksonville Jaguars. You want to turn college football into big business? Empty seats are the collateral damage you face....
"Michigan Men" Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke: successfully eroding our past, present and future.....
 
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