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Thunderstix were great. Better time management with the music "less silent time". Cheerleaders in the upper deck. More kid involvement, kid activities before the game and parents will follow "something with the cardinal bird".
We've got to figure out a way to get fans in their seats instead of roaming around all parts of the party deck and the rest of the stadium. Maybe raise beer prices at concessions during the games, or cut them off even.
The first-come first-served parking is a good idea. The closer people park to the stadium, the more likely they are to leave early. So putting the die-hard fans close to the stadium should help people stay longer.
The dollar beers before the game is a cool idea but make sure to cut it off by 15 minutes before game time.
Starting a pre-game tradition and post-game tradition could help people get there early and stay. For example, I think it would be SWEET if you could put together a highlight video of the last game and play it 10 minutes before the start of the game. Then 10 minutes after each game ends play a highlight tape of the best plays that occurred during the game that just happened on the big screen. I used to watch a lot of Braves games on TBS and they did that after every game. I would never turn it off until I saw the highlights. Think "One Shining Moment" but do it every game and switch the song up. I think a good number of people would stay in their seats to watch that.
Tracking ticket usage is a great idea. Along with entry time. It is 2012, computers can do anything. Track usage and time of entry. Award people. Nice.
First come first serve parking and have a few people walk and check passes. You want four spaces buy four passes. The spots are numbered so they can still tell you what spots you have. There need to be more students closer to the field. At most stadiums they put the students in the endzone and closer to the field to create the noise and atmosphere. The better site lines are higher (maybe not flight deck high) but move the money higher and the students lower. Move the green lot reserved parking to the fairgrounds and have bus shuttles going over from there. that way they don't have to walk and can get dropped off at the stadium and the tailgaters that create atmosphere are closer to the stadium.
Instead of just $1 (or whatever you discount them) beers everywhere before the game, make them only be discounted if you buy them from while you're in your seat, from a beer man and not at the concession stands. It'll make people go to their seats and not just "in the stadium". Half price beer when your IN YOUR SEAT for the last 30 min up to kickoff.
That's a great point. There are 2 spaces next to me in the Green A lot; one I know is unsold because the person who had it passed away and the other I haven't seen a car in for the last 2 seasons. I have offered to buy one or both spots and I am unable to because "I only have 4 tickets so I can only have 1 space". Total BS if you ask me.
Tracking open seats is a good idea and fairly easy. Churchill Downs does it for their season ticket holders so that people won't just get them for Oaks and Derby. At the RCA dome we had a problem with scalpers and neighboring fans were asked to report seats with different people everygame so the ticket office could investigate. This eliminated a lot of scalpers buying bulk tickets and selling them to visiting fans.
I would like to hear the shortened version of our fight song with the opposing team is in the huddle. Hard to explain, but it is the one that is six notes and ends with the crowd saying "Go Cards". The band can play until you break the huddle so this should be easy to do. At the old Cardinal Stadium the marching band would play before the games in the parking lot and the cheerleaders would lead cheers and paint faces for the kids. I always thought that was cool.
Discounted beers is a good idea, and during the game the beer guys that walk around could sell their beer cheaper than the concessions keeping people in their seats. Or charge more for the beer on the "Party Deck".
Standing Room Only tickets would allow us to oversell the stadium. IU does it for the hill a the endzone where their rock is.
First-come, first-serve is doable. A designated area would serve as this, but it would still require a green pass for every space used. You can't make it no-pass, all-access parking, as you would deal with people saving spots. Requiring a pass to claim a spot would help prevent this. They could have the lot staff monitor the area just as they do now to insure every vehicle that enters has a pass & is only taking a spot per pass.
So you would have a green pass assigned somewhere, but have the option to arrive early & get a spot in the first-come, first-serve section.
Ticket use tracking is a great idea, and seemingly would be easy to do. I know they don't want to penalize people too much, as they are still spending money on tickets, but they need to try & do what they can to get people in. This will be more and more effective when a sizable waiting list is built up, as they can threaten to deny ticket renewal to those w/ poor attendance.
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More beer guys in the stands with cheaper beer than the concessions is a great idea. And make the beers most expensive in the party deck...if they want to treat it like a night club then they can pay night club prices.
Thundersticks in metallic red so you can see them on tv. Also the UofL Band playing Louie Louie.(I know I posted this before, but I think new lyrics to this classic could be a rally cry). Go Cards!
I agree about the ticket tracking.
We sit in the parents & friends section 328-329. For the UK game we actually had UK fans, about 15 of them in all their blue regalia standing up and yelling shit at OUR team and booing when every time we scored. Seriously, in the parents section??? When confronted, they said they were season ticket holders, "uhh really, your in the friggin parents section, I don't think so".
If the folks at the window that PLAINLY says Players Parents Will Call, why the hell are you letting people in UK garb even get tickets???
Almost came to blows at the NC game with some other clown who was seat jumping and cheering NC. Ushers wouldn't do a thing about him and his GF.
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i think the pregame ( getting people into the stadium) and post game ( keeping them to the end) requires some kind of tradition building or at least giving them something to do. Our cheerleaders are great gymnasts and win alot of awards, but they are not necessarily great at getting the fans involved. they need to do more cheers that get people involved. they started a new one in the last year or two where one side yells than the other. this seems to get people going and it can get pretty loud. I would think getting this going before the game and giving something for people to do would be nice. i get into games early and usually just sit and watch the players warm up, but for our fan base most of them do not get into that, so give them something to do if they come in early and maybe more and more will start doing it.
as for teh end of the game, the cards players used to go around the field after the game slapping hands with all of teh fans who stuck around to see them. they do not do this anymore. this may get a few more people to stay, especially those with young kids that want to see the players. I know when my son was younger he used to love to go down to teh wall after the game to slap hands with the players. we even got autographs on signs we made.
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I don't think it matters who is sitting in the seats, just that they are occupied consistently. It'd be great if people who don't want to go to every game would give them away to someone who would love to have them. Problem is, most people are just too lazy and don't put forth the effort to find unused tickets a good home. THAT is our biggest issue, not tailgating, not lack of thundersticks, not beer prices.
There has to be a way to have some sort of University-sponsored system that would encourage people to give away their tickets instead of leave them unused. If you know you can't make a game, then give them back to the University to post their availibility on-line. They can then be re-sold (or given away to charity if the tickey buyer wants) for no more than face value. All proceeds go back to the original buyer. That way, someone is actively trying to get the tickets used, and there is a reliable venue to buy tickets at a reasonable price. Hopefully, that could counteract the stadium scalpers as well.
There's probably issues with that kind of system, but there needs to be some sort of monitoring system. I'm not saying you revoke tickets if someone's tickets go unused one, two or even three games, but if there's a season by season pattern, then at some point there could be consequences.
Love the idea of tracking ticket usage, but are we talking about rewarding people who use their tickets, or penalizing people who don't? Personally I like the idea of booting people if their tickets aren't scanned for 4 games/season or more, as long as there's enough demand to replace those season ticket holders. Anyone know how deep the waiting list is? If there's no one to replace those ticket holders, then we'll just have an empty seat AND no money for it.
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Night games, good schedule, big band with a signature pre gam script and no local tv if not a network game
There should also be a "call to the post" prior to CardMarch, to get everyone there.
Who idd you send your recommendation to? You have an e-mail address or specific point of contact. I would like to echo your proposal.
Better yet, you just have the parking lot attendants direct you to a specific spot that they designate. (Think of how parking in a big field often works). The earliest arrivals will get directed to a spot by an attendant in the front of the lot, and the process works backwards away from the stadium throughout the day. Doing provides several benefits and solves several problems. One, the early arrivals are rewarded with spots closer to the stadium. Two, people are prevented from "double parking" or saving spaces. Three, within minutes, you have an entire row of spaces completely filled, meaning no more car traffic in the area throughout the rest of the day, which allows for more tailgating room in the roadways where cars would normally otherwise travel as they arrie and park under the current system. Four, you have like-minded people assembled together (e.g., early arrivals = diehard tailgaters). Five, you have a jam-packed full to capacity area for Card March to go through. Six, a higher concentration of shuttles can be on stand-by going to and from the back of the Green Lot to accommodate late arrivals and get them to the game in time. Seven, for those who have groups who tailgate together, you can either (a) caravan into the lot together (so cars can still be by one another) or (b) just call or text your other guests who are still en route your location for the day (the earliest arriving car and haul in all of the tailgating essentials.)
That is why it was done away with in the first place. But if the University can afford to put people out to usher cars in, they would just park the next car in the next available spot, period. When that row is full they move to the next one. No one leaves once they're parked in the green lot, so you'd be able to tailgate in the street, theoretically.
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