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    Any fanbase wants to see continuous progress. The football program made immediate progress under Coach Hud, fun days, thought we turned the corner for good. That was naive. Then we plateaued, even in a weakened conference, although it took awhile for someone like me to realize it. Then before we knew it the program was losing again. Getting blown out by LaTic at home in 2014 represented the end of continuous progress under Coach Hud's program. Due to our weak conference and with the generous assumption the program's plateaued, I optimistically predicted 7 wins this year, a middle of the pack SBC team. That's not good enough for a Cajun fan base with higher conference aspirations knowing football is the key opening doors. I believe when we start winning big year over year, our attendance ceiling is greater than 30,000.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hark Mudspeth View Post
    It isn't just us with attendance issues, the big time programs and pro sports are seeing it also. Why go for $200 at all when you can watch from home and get all the replays, see everything up close...hit pause and go to the bathroom, get another drink or eat and not miss any of your game.
    This is true... but it was never part of the local culture to stay away from social gathering opportunities. I always felt we would benefit the greatest... and the longest... due to that culture.

    Even with that culture under challenge, I still see our future gatherings being substantially driven by the way the football operation performs. But it isn't proportional to wins/losses (ie it is not a sliding scale ratio of attendance to wins). There's a barrier of implied greatness that has to be overcome. The wider gatherings of our friends and neighbors will not show up and stay until they "feel" that something "special" is happening. And no form of insult will attract them or keep them. I don't make those rules. But I understand them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hark Mudspeth View Post
    It isn't just us with attendance issues, the big time programs and pro sports are seeing it also. Why go for $200 at all when you can watch from home and get all the replays, see everything up close...hit pause and go to the bathroom, get another drink or eat and not miss any of your game.
    I think it's a combination of convenience and programs pricing out the "average fan". Season ticket prices for P5 schools rival professional sports franchises. UL has to be careful when balancing the two. There is a tipping point. Product has to match the value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManAboutTown View Post
    I think it's a combination of convenience and programs pricing out the "average fan". Season ticket prices for P5 schools rival professional sports franchises. UL has to be careful when balancing the two. There is a tipping point. Product has to match the value.
    I agree, hopefully Maggard understands we need a lot more people paying rather than the current people paying a lot more. Unfortunately that concept is lost on most people today and not just in sports.

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    When I was in school the students stood at the 50 yard line. I wouldn't stay either where they sit now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LaGrid View Post
    When I was in school the students stood at the 50 yard line. I wouldn't stay either where they sit now.
    Back in my day the students were chained to each other and forced to watch football for 3 hours...AND WE LIKED IT THAT WAY!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaGrid View Post
    When I was in school the students stood at the 50 yard line. I wouldn't stay either where they sit now.
    They can STILL go stand at the 50. Nobody else is there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManAboutTown View Post
    Doc, it's simple. They can shoot fireworks and have gourmet nachos, ...

    Until we start playing and BEATING upper tier CFB teams, there will always be an attendance problem. Real fans of the game don't care about the ancillary crap at games. We want to see good football and we want to see wins. We want to be relevant, and compete with the best. That's the real draw; that's what made major college football so appealing. Not nachos and fireworks.
    Our September home games need to start at 7:00 or maybe even 8:00. It's too hot at 6:00 in Lafayette during the month of September.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oiler View Post
    Our September home games need to start at 7:00 or maybe even 8:00. It's too hot at 6:00 in Lafayette during the month of September.
    7pm would work. Done by 10, home, hotel or hopping by 11.

    "Louisiana Saturday Nights" needs to be a UL thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbine View Post
    7pm would work. Done by 10, home, hotel or hopping by 11.

    "Louisiana Saturday Nights" needs to be a UL thing.
    College football games never end in 3 hours. You are looking to be done around 10:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeauxLouisiana View Post
    College football games never end in 3 hours. You are looking to be done around 10:30.
    You are correct, I was presenting BCS

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    One thing we need to remember. UL students aren't LSU students. One student body chose their university by how they do in football, the other not so much. We're never going to get a similar ratio of the students attending games.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunEXPRESS View Post
    One thing we need to remember. UL students aren't LSU students. One student body chose their university by how they do in football, the other not so much. We're never going to get a similar ratio of the students attending games.
    Very astute point.

    UL needs to try harder.

    As one poster pointed out, moving students away from the center of the action was not a good starting point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaGrid View Post
    When I was in school the students stood at the 50 yard line. I wouldn't stay either where they sit now.
    I'm not aware of any school that gives students 50 yd line seats like we used to. There is nothing wrong with the seats they have, especially when those seats are free. Check out student sections at P5 stadiums and you will see them sitting about where ours do. Our problem is a failure over the years to cultivate our students and alumni into athletics. The same can be said for the Lafayette community. It has always been just putting on the event and hope people show up. Then we give them a lackluster event. We've learned nothing from P5 schools that we have played on the road as to what has made them successful. Any wonder we can only get 18,000 fans for our first game. It is pitiful that students would leave the game at half time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeauxLouisiana View Post
    College football games never end in 3 hours. You are looking to be done around 10:30.
    I think we were 15-20 minutes shy of a 2 hour 1st half this past Saturday.

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    There is no quick fix to students leaving at halftime.

    We shouldn't worry too much about this. Just build the best program we can, and it's up to them to stay for most of the game. It is what it is.


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    Sell 50/50 tickets and anounce the winner after the game.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonCajun View Post
    I'm not aware of any school that gives students 50 yd line seats like we used to. There is nothing wrong with the seats they have, especially when those seats are free. Check out student sections at P5 stadiums and you will see them sitting about where ours do. Our problem is a failure over the years to cultivate our students and alumni into athletics. The same can be said for the Lafayette community. It has always been just putting on the event and hope people show up. Then we give them a lackluster event. We've learned nothing from P5 schools that we have played on the road as to what has made them successful. Any wonder we can only get 18,000 fans for our first game. It is pitiful that students would leave the game at half time.
    I never understood why the brass took that seating away from the students the same season they were opening the new end-zone seating.

    Seems like a double negative move. Students slighted, end-zone less attractive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunEXPRESS View Post
    One thing we need to remember. UL students aren't LSU students. One student body chose their university by how they do in football, the other not so much. We're never going to get a similar ratio of the students attending games.
    ,,,,,,,Possibly choosing on world wide petroleum ranking!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    ,,,,,,,Possibly choosing on world wide petroleum ranking!!!
    Regardless, football simply isn't as important here. I'm proud of academic excellence, but this is absolutely about what drives kids to games and keeps them there.

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