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5thYearFreshman
12-07-2015, 04:16 PM
Every year, there's lots of competition for attention in the cities. All major pro sports, one of the biggest arts scene between the coasts and thousands of other events going on. The only potential city with the same distractions is Boston...and maybe Ann Arbor. And what percentage of Bostonians follow BC hockey?

This year the Gopher team is pretty bad. So its expected.

In the end, the Gophers year in and year out have quite possibly the largest televised audience in the nation and actively following fan base in the country...so its all good.

Gophers fans are simply fair weather fans. They will show up if the team is winning and they disappear to their caves to start Fire Lucia threads when they're not.

D2D
12-07-2015, 07:44 PM
Gophers fans are simply fair weather fans. They will show up if the team is winning and they disappear to their caves to start Fire Lucia threads when they're not.

Hey there are still 59 teams behind us, and that includes SCSU. :p

http://www.uscho.com/stats/attendance/division-i-men/2015-2016/

SJHovey
12-07-2015, 08:08 PM
Hey there are still 59 teams behind us, and that includes SCSU. :p

http://www.uscho.com/stats/attendance/division-i-men/2015-2016/

Tech needs a bigger arena

hockeykrazy
12-07-2015, 08:26 PM
Hey there are still 59 teams behind us, and that includes SCSU. :p

http://www.uscho.com/stats/attendance/division-i-men/2015-2016/

I am pretty sure he is a UNO fan stuck in Husky country.

Tipsy McStagger
12-07-2015, 08:43 PM
Start serving beer - problem would be fixed.

It couldn't hurt.

D2D
12-07-2015, 09:22 PM
I am pretty sure he is a UNO fan stuck in Husky country.
Or a Tech fan stuck in the U.P.?

icehawk
12-07-2015, 09:32 PM
Start serving beer - problem would be fixed.

A lot could be sold this season so far. Take the pain away from the product on the ice.;)

D2D
12-07-2015, 09:38 PM
A lot could be sold this season so far. Take the pain away from the product on the ice.;)
Started out really slow - bad even - but the team is making visible progress each weekend. So there's that. :)

icehawk
12-07-2015, 10:17 PM
Started out really slow - bad even - but the team is making visible progress each weekend. So there's that. :)

True but a cold beer always makes things better.

Slap Shot
12-08-2015, 12:28 AM
I think a man at a hockey game feels more like a man if he can have a bottle of suds.
-Andy Dufresne

5thYearFreshman
12-08-2015, 10:15 AM
Hey there are still 59 teams behind us, and that includes SCSU. :p

http://www.uscho.com/stats/attendance/division-i-men/2015-2016/

Minnesota hasn't had 9000+ butts in the seat all year. They might have sold those tickets, but attendance numbers should require actually attending games.

St. Clown
12-08-2015, 10:25 AM
Perhaps Gopher Athletics will take a page from UW and start to digitally add fans in the stands for the images used by the media. They could even add a black student, you know, for true diversity.

gopher wes
12-08-2015, 10:33 AM
Perhaps Gopher Athletics will take a page from UW and start to digitally add fans in the stands for the images used by the media. They could even add a black student, you know, for true diversity.
Ever see the movie Little Big League? My school went to the help out with the filming of that movie as "fans" and there weren't enough people to fill up the Metrodome. So we had to carry around cardboard cutouts of people to help make it look full. Maybe they can do a 'Free Lifesize Cardboard Cutout Person' promotion at Mariucci. It would help those of us who don't have many friends :o:( and also help make the arena look more full. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Wisko McBadgerton
12-08-2015, 10:52 AM
There's no problem here. Everything is just fine!

<a href="http://imgur.com/AIorfmV"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/AIorfmV.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

SJHovey
12-08-2015, 11:13 AM
Ever see the movie Little Big League? My school went to the help out with the filming of that movie as "fans" and there weren't enough people to fill up the Metrodome. So we had to carry around cardboard cutouts of people to help make it look full. Maybe they can do a 'Free Lifesize Cardboard Cutout Person' promotion at Mariucci. It would help those of us who don't have many friends :o:( and also help make the arena look more full. Sounds like a win-win to me!Or if you really want to make it more true to life, you could head over the Mortuary Science School at the U of M and pick up some "stiffs" to put in the seats. :p

JoeGopher
12-08-2015, 11:56 AM
There's no problem here. Everything is just fine!

<a href="http://imgur.com/AIorfmV"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/AIorfmV.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

Nice job selecting a picture of a game when they are down 6-2 in the last 3:35 of a game. While I don't agree with leaving before it's over, it does happen.

It is what it is. People buy season tickets on the hope that it will be a good season. They then decide if they will continue to show based on results. I don't agree with that either. Been attending games as a season ticket holder since 1998 and started selling half my tickets about 5 years ago because life changes... Bottom line, I will still go and support until I move away from Minny or I'm dead. Every School has fair weather fans, with the possible exception of UND, and back in the day when UND sucked, even they didn't sell out the old Ralph.

I also think this has more to do with the Big101114 than anything else. Removing old time rivalries has had a huge impact on casual interest.

ericredaxe
12-08-2015, 12:32 PM
It is what it is. People buy season tickets on the hope that it will be a good season. They then decide if they will continue to show based on results. I don't agree with that either. Been attending games as a season ticket holder since 1998 and started selling half my tickets about 5 years ago because life changes... Bottom line, I will still go and support until I move away from Minny or I'm dead. Every School has fair weather fans, with the possible exception of UND, and back in the day when UND sucked, even they didn't sell out the old Ralph.

I also think this has more to do with the Big101114 than anything else. Removing old time rivalries has had a huge impact on casual interest.

Teams results will definitely help or hurt attendance, but that isn't the only factor why season ticket holders might attend. I buy season tickets at BU knowing from the start that I'll only use 3/4 of the tickets. (Life happens and other commitments come up). College hockey is a pretty niche market... Let's face it, it is hard to even give away unused tickets to someone who will use them.

UMD21
12-08-2015, 12:37 PM
I think it may be the gold seats. I don't think UMD is having ticket problems and they're having a pretty good year, but when I watch a game on TV I also notice a lot of empty gold seats. Unless Duluth has gone corporate on me..:confused:

SJHovey
12-08-2015, 01:49 PM
Nice job selecting a picture of a game when they are down 6-2 in the last 3:35 of a game. While I don't agree with leaving before it's over, it does happen.

It is what it is. People buy season tickets on the hope that it will be a good season. They then decide if they will continue to show based on results. I don't agree with that either. Been attending games as a season ticket holder since 1998 and started selling half my tickets about 5 years ago because life changes... Bottom line, I will still go and support until I move away from Minny or I'm dead. Every School has fair weather fans, with the possible exception of UND, and back in the day when UND sucked, even they didn't sell out the old Ralph.

I also think this has more to do with the Big101114 than anything else. Removing old time rivalries has had a huge impact on casual interest.While you are correct about that particular picture, I personally have been a little surprised by what I've seen of MN crowds in the few games of theirs I've watched on tv this year. For instance, I happened to catch portions of the OSU games this past weekend when both were still extremely competitive, early in the third period, and was surprised by the number of empty seats in the prime areas between the blue lines.

I don't think this is unique to Minnesota, however. I think it's a big problem all over college hockey, and it's starting to infect those programs that used to seem immune to the problem, like Wisconsin and Minnesota. North Dakota isn't immune to the problem. It's just that right now they have a pretty good streak of about two decades of good performance. As soon as that changes, or an alternative to the entertainment buck (like a good UND basketball team for once), and it could easily change in Grand Forks as well.

I'm not ready to place the blame on the B1G, but I do think the recent changes in college hockey have had some negative impact. Hockey was always a very regional sport, with small regions. We have greatly expanded the region for each school.

Divesting ourselves of rivals who were geographically close not only affects attendance by causing a waning interest with your own fans, it causes attendance to drop because it's much more likely an opposing fan will drive 50-200 miles to see the game than it is they will fly in from across the country.

Finally, the increase in alternative viewing options, primarily the streaming of games, will only hurt attendance for a sport played in the winter when travel conditions may be less than ideal.

Biddco
12-08-2015, 05:52 PM
There's no problem here. Everything is just fine!

<a href="http://imgur.com/AIorfmV"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/AIorfmV.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

Somehow they're louder than the real Gopher fans. :confused: