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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:33 pm 

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There was an article in the Wall Street Journal back in September regarding student attendance at college football games... focusing on the SEC, of all conferences. ... 3907738780" onclick=";return false;

So there's been some media focus on this since then. Darren Rovell at ESPN has crafted a more comprehensive report. ... ball-games" onclick=";return false;

Even if the price of tickets isn't an issue for students, their placement in the stadium is an issue. The money that permeates the system seems to be an issue.

The WSJ article focused a bit on technology, especially the cell phones and smart phones. That may have missed the issue a bit according to Rovell, though students DO seem to want to communicate with friends. Is it worth this for Georgia to spend $8 million on enhanced wireless capability in the stadium?

Alcohol matters.

The technology that may matter more is good old high definition television. This is taking a chunk out of NFL gate receipts, not just students at college games. It's possible we've reached the upper limit (and perhaps surpassed it) for how big the stadiums will grow; just think about the distance from the field in the upper reaches of places like the Big House, or Neyland, or Bryant-Denny or the like.

There's also a tricky issue that Rovell touched on in the article, but expanded upon in a later Tweet: "Hardest battle at college football games: 60-year-old & 18-year-old fan want different atmosphere."
If you watch any Major League Soccer, not to mention the early Saturday EPL games, you might hear the singing. I was at the Oregon v Oregon State basketball game yesterday and some Timbers Army chants entered the repertoire a little bit. Kids want to employ more smack, generally. Some of the efforts to enforce sportsmanship at games has met with some backlash.

Is this a major issue? Will this really result in a drop in future attendance? That's hard to say, obviously.

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I still need to read the articles you linked to, but it's certainly a worthwhile topic. There's a ton of correlations. When a school is doing poorly on the field, there is less interest by students and nearby residents. When a team is doing well there is much more interest by the students, but also by the residents...which in most cases will outnumber the students. Add on to that the points you made and it's an interesting topic.

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