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VA_Seawolf

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here's a question.  over the past few years we've talked about attendance (usually in the context of making a conference/division jump). 

now we have the victories that we all agreed were requisite before filling the stands.  what impact has this then had on attendance???

total home 47356
over 6 games =
7892 avg home attendance

which is pretty good i think, considering some of the opponents, weather, etc.  Of course, the 12k homecoming weights it a bit but whatever.  now let's set a new goal and get in the high 9s next year. 

GO SB


Attendance is increasing, no doubt!

We have a long way to go to achieve the goal of consistently selling out LaValle Stadium. But 2017 had the highest attendance average ever of 7,892 which is a great sign surpassing the 2015 season (avg. 7,268). It is significantly higher than Big South era attendance which was in the low 5ks. If we can make our student community as responsive as the local community the stadium would be selling just about every Saturday. Obviously, it has proved to be a huge challenge to draw the Stony Brook student community to the games. We need some serious reforms and marketing effort from our athletic department and the school to motivate student attendance. Student attendance was basically non-existent for the entire year except for the obligated marching band.

I find these numbers unbelievable since the stadium seems emptier than when I was a student a few years ago. Community support is up, but student support is down from the looks of it. I remember packed student sections in from 2011-2013. I don't see that anymore. It wasn't anywhere close to what it was in the Big South days at homecoming. I'm talking strictly student support here.

Student apathy has been the biggest attendance problem.

Exactly!! That's the number one thing that will hold our football program back. Fortunately, I think it's one of the easiest to fix. It's a bit late for it to matter this year, but by winning 9 games, we'll build hype and student interest heading into next year. I expect student support and attendance to be WAY up next year. Current students weren't around for the 2011-12 playoff runs so they don't know what it's like to cheer for a competitive team. They'll get that opportunity next year an I'm eagerly looking forward to filling in that added capacity in 2018. Hype will be even greater if we can beat Lehigh, then upset JMU in a couple weeks. A deep playoff run by this program will instantly start FBS buzz. Everything else about SBU is desirable, it's just the fan support for football specifically that's been lagging.