Well, an arena is a market.
An arena is a facility, not a market. A facility can be big. But it doesn't necessarily reflect a market. Case in point is Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. Its 70,000 and has had Super Bowls played in it. But Rice barely averaged above 15,000 last year. Not great attendance for a school called "midmajor". Another case in point is Rynearson Stadium just down the road from me in Ypsilanti, MI. Thats the stadium for Eastern Michigan University. The Stadium was expanded in 1991 from 22,000 to 33,000, from a threat that if they didn't expand it, then the MAC would cease to be a I-A conference. So the taxpayers of the state of Michigan foot the bill to expand it. Guess what? The attendance has never averaged more than 11,000 over its history, last year they averaged 6,000 and the largest crowd ever there was 24,000, some 9,000 short of capacity. The stadium has never been filled. There are seats that no one has ever sat in. What a waste of money.
Also, University of Nebraska at Kearney has an arena about the same size as the BSA and NDSU. There's more to what "market" means than attendance and the size of a facility. Population of the market and buying power as well as recruiting base are also a part of the meaning of "market".
Facilities are facilities. People's feet and dollars are the market. That includes feet that just reside in the market and how much money they spend.
The internet broadcasts and audio feeds are another measure of market. These Im sure are doing well. I know Im using and paying for both.
Most schools already have those things. NDSU is no different than most schools.
The radio market is already state wide and TV is next. Good crowds mean good games. with an average attendance of just under 15,000 for football NDSU has a lot of event revenue. There is a chance to triple our BB revenues.
I know that. The radio network is already accounted for in my statement that ND is one of the smallest Division I markets. There's actually a Bison fan that comes here and argues that NDSU is not a statewide team. Can you imagine that? Anyway, even with the statewide market, including radio and internet broadcasts, it is one of the smallest college sports markets in the nation.
Once the UBC gets rolling there will be great crowds in Fargo.
I could see a great crowd for a NDSU/SDSU game. I can't really see how people would go in droves over UTPA, NJIT, and UVSC and IPFW. Now if UND moves up and becomes a part of the UBC, then there is another big crowd for sure. Perhaps even for SCSU if they moved up into the UBC.
Todays win is great for the future of BB in Fargo. Its great for the program, the University, City and State.
Sure, great win. It probably doesn't quite have the impact of UND winning the national championship in Hockey though.
It looks to me that the gamble NDSU and SDSU took when they moved was well worth it.
NDSU and SDSU moving up to D I was a great move. If UND, USD or any other NCC team did also, those also would be great moves.
This is a big market and right now we own it.
North Dakota sports market is one of the smallest in the nation. There are 3 teams with significance in the 48th most populated state. Blood is thick. No one owns it. NDSU and UND are both on nearly equal following levels, as both have statewide radio networks and similar basketball attendances.
Creating the UBC really took a lot of pressure out of the situation.
Yes it is a possible alignment that could form into a conference over time. It could offer any team in the Upper Great Plains/Upper Midwest a home if they decided to move up as well.