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Hammertime

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Re: 2017 - Game 4: Towson 6PM
« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2017, 06:57:06 pm »
My last statement about attendance, at least in this thread.

In 2014 we had our best average attendance despite having a so-so team that year. But the tailgating was great, parking was free, and students were given some freedom to party up and enjoy the fall days in LaValle's parking lot. I had a group of alumni 7-8 tailgating together.... Even frats and DJs were showing up.

The year after that the school makes a bunch of reforms and kills the tailgating experience and prices out a bunch of season ticket holders out of the main lot. WHY? For a few thousand bucks? Is that worth it? Killing the season-ticket holder/student experience for a few thousand bucks?

Students will not come to a College Football game if they don't find it fun (unless they are fan of the sport). That's the bottom line. We cannot blame them for it. If you are not a fan, why else would you show up? Make it fun darn it!

The University and the athletic department have to strike a balance between a family-oriented game-day experience and a college-student oriented experience. Not everyone goes home on weekends. Every time I walk through the Brook prior to gametime I see students everywhere. I see kids in the dining hall, library, out enjoying the weather... Probably about half of the kids that live on campus stay on weekend. This perception that everyone goes home is FALSE. It's simply NOT fun to be at the game. You cannot even have a sip of beer in the parking lot before the cops make a fuzz about it.

The only reason I drive from the Bronx all the way to SBU it's because I'm a fan of the sport and of the Seawolves. But you cant expect the average causal fan to have the level of commitment we have here. It's not going to happen. We need pro-attendance reforms on campus, urgently!
Spot on ecasdoSBU.. You nailed it. SB raised the parking this year to $125 for the season. In the grand scheme of things that's cheap compared to other universities. But for some people, thats expensive. I did notice that there quite a few empty lots around out tailgating area..

SB is light years away from being a big time football school, so they really need to put a leash on the price increases for tickets and amenities, otherwise your casual fan will not attend and the fan base will diminish back to the dark days..

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Re: 2017 - Game 4: Towson 6PM
« Reply #31 on: September 26, 2017, 07:06:42 pm »
I agree with all of the above.  I park  in the railroad lot  and refuse to pay . If we get an invite to the SEC or Big 10  I may pay. We as an athletic program need to be careful  with pricing and charges.   We and FCS program and in the America East.   We need  folks in the  seats which are still cheap not paying for parking other add ons  of tailgating .

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Re: 2017 - Game 4: Towson 6PM
« Reply #32 on: September 26, 2017, 09:37:21 pm »
If you guys remember a few yrs back there were a lot a season ticket holders complaining that they couldnt get a spot in the front lot if they didnt get to SB early. As to the students and fraternities go, at 2012 , 2013 homecomings there were a bunch of fights and bad drunken behavior. I get it I went to SB but if they were going to make it family friendly they needed to clean up the behavior. As far as the family tailgaiting area I agree that they should move the Seawolve town stuff onto the grass behind the scoreboard. Then if they want they could charge say $10 a car to park in the tailgate area. Lets remember they dont have to let anyone drink beer being that it is a college campus. I pay $60 for parking in the lot next to the infirmary. Its only feet away from the seawolf town spots. I think 10 bucks a game is fair to tailgate. I agree $125 is too much but again that was in response to season ticket holders bitchin about not getting spots. I was told this by Christina who used to work the ticket office. So u cant have both, either u welcome families in or u let the students go nuts. Remember they are not going to make money off the students.

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Re: 2017 - Game 4: Towson 6PM
« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2017, 09:44:29 pm »
$125 for parking? For season ticket holders?!?! As said that's ludicrous. We need people to show up and that's nuts. The SBU administration has always made boneheaded decisions that stifle the growth of the school and athletic programs and that's one of them. 

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Re: 2017 - Game 4: Towson 6PM
« Reply #34 on: September 27, 2017, 01:56:57 pm »
Here's another bonehead thing that the university does the HS in Suffolk County have 6 games that are played at Lavalle Stadium the 4 Suffolk County Championship and the 2 LIC Championship games they have to pay $60,000 for those 6 games now section XI is thinking about not coming there anymore it won't happen this year but you can bet that it may happen in the future