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    I was curious as to how the attendance was at the other regionals? At the West Regional in St. Paul the attendance was only 7,281 total for both semi-final games on Friday and only 7,182 for the final. I thought that was really low considering both St. Cloud only about an hour away from the Excel center and Wisconsin within driving distance were both in each semi and the final. The most shocking to me is the lack of fans for St. Cloud, a larger school 15,000 students or so and a large alumni base in the twin cites yet they do not show up to support their team. With the Excel center being able to hold 18,000 plus it was a small crowd. St. Cloud could have turned it into big home rink advantage if they had showed up. I guess not much of a real big fan base at St. Cloud or am I missing something?

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    The East regional was low for the first game with RIT fans dominating the crowd against Denver. The Cornell-UNH fans showed up later in the game. As for the final, I think the crowd again was kind of small. RIT was bringing the people for sure and I believe had a bigger crowd than UNH fans.
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      Re: What was the attendance at the Regionals? West Regional was low

      Originally posted by gopherit View Post
      I was curious as to how the attendance was at the other regionals? At the West Regional in St. Paul the attendance was only 7,281 total for both semi-final games on Friday and only 7,182 for the final. I thought that was really low considering both St. Cloud only about an hour away from the Excel center and Wisconsin within driving distance were both in each semi and the final. The most shocking to me is the lack of fans for St. Cloud, a larger school 15,000 students or so and a large alumni base in the twin cites yet they do not show up to support their team. With the Excel center being able to hold 18,000 plus it was a small crowd. St. Cloud could have turned it into big home rink advantage if they had showed up. I guess not much of a real big fan base at St. Cloud or am I missing something?
      I don't doubt the fan base for SCSU, but I think with the Final 5 there the week prior, and SCSU's less than stellar performance in past national tourneys, I would think that most people decided not to go and watch it on TV. The economy probably has a bit to do with it. I went to 3/5 games of the F5, I didn't pay for the tickets, I got them through work. I didn't notice a ton of SCSU fans, however I didn't go to a game where they were playing.

      I think if the selection committee put UND in the West regional and flew SCSU to Worcester, there would have been more people at the West regional. One team had to fly to the NE. It made sense for SCSU, but with the way UND fans travel and a large presence in the immediate area, it could have reached 5-digit numbers, for at least one of the games.
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        Re: What was the attendance at the Regionals? West Regional was low

        Originally posted by gopherit View Post
        I was curious as to how the attendance was at the other regionals? At the West Regional in St. Paul the attendance was only 7,281 total for both semi-final games on Friday and only 7,182 for the final. I thought that was really low considering both St. Cloud only about an hour away from the Excel center and Wisconsin within driving distance were both in each semi and the final. The most shocking to me is the lack of fans for St. Cloud, a larger school 15,000 students or so and a large alumni base in the twin cites yet they do not show up to support their team. With the Excel center being able to hold 18,000 plus it was a small crowd. St. Cloud could have turned it into big home rink advantage if they had showed up. I guess not much of a real big fan base at St. Cloud or am I missing something?
        The sad thing is, I think the west regional was the best attended.

        Look at it this way, usually that regional is held at Mariucci, not Xcel. 7000 fans at Mariucci wouldn't look nearly as bad.
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          I'm pretty shocked it wasn't packed with St. Cloud fans.

          We didn't drive up from Madison because we had just been to the Final Five the weekend before. Too much money and couldn't get off work again.

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            Re: What was the attendance at the Regionals? West Regional was low

            albany was awful except rit brought good amount
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              Re: What was the attendance at the Regionals? West Regional was low

              St. Paul: 7281 Fri, 7182 Sat
              Albany: 4073 Fri, 3737 Sat
              Worcester: 6572 Sat, 6054 Sun
              Ft. Wayne: 4133 Sat, 3204 Sun
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                NMU fans travel well, but with the cost of tickets (94 dollars), plus travel costs and hotel...that scared a lot of students away from going. Plus, most spent a lot of money in Detroit (8 hour car ride, plus 105 dollars a night hotel) the weekend before.
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                  Re: What was the attendance at the Regionals? West Regional was low

                  East (Albany)

                  Semi's, Friday - 4,073
                  Final, Saturday - 3,737

                  Northeast (Worcester)

                  Semi's, Saturday - 6,572
                  Final, Sunday - 6,054

                  West (St. Paul)

                  Semi's, Friday - 7,281
                  Final, Saturday - 7,182

                  Midwest (Ft. Wayne)

                  Semi's, Saturday - 4,133
                  Final, Sunday - 3,204


                  The problem for your typical Bemidji fan going to Ft. Wayne was travel. Consider, that if you wanted to go see BSU play Michigan, you had to either fly (on a week's notice, Bemidji to Ft. Wayne is $1200 - I just checked), or you could drive 15 hours each way, pay ~$75 a night (x3) in a hotel, pay for meals for four days, plus then pay the $80 for tickets. Now, I know folks that did it, but Miami and Michigan fans complained that BSU wasn't represented at the Midwest regional. Well, that's why...
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                    Re: What was the attendance at the Regionals? West Regional was low

                    Next year's regional in St. Louis should be packed.

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                      Re: What was the attendance at the Regionals? West Regional was low

                      Originally posted by moose97 View Post
                      Consider, that if you wanted to go see BSU play Michigan, you had to either fly (on a week's notice, Bemidji to Ft. Wayne is $1200 - I just checked), or you could drive 15 hours each way, pay ~$75 a night (x3) in a hotel, pay for meals for four days, plus then pay the $80 for tickets.
                      Originally posted by aktick View Post
                      Next year's regional in St. Louis should be packed.
                      Quoting myself, I know, but the two regionals I have been to (I know, refuting my point a bit, but I'll explain), were in Amherst, Mass. and Green Bay. The Amherst one I went to because of frequent flyer miles, and because I shared hotel and rental car with four other guys. The Green Bay one I drove with three others, so, again, sharing hotel and gas with several people. Heck, even DC last year I took a chartered bus for cost savings!

                      In other words, I can't see making it to St. Louis (based on distance alone), from Bemidji. Minneapolis or Wisco? Maybe, but CC, DU or Michigan? No way.
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                        Originally posted by Roben View Post
                        I think if the selection committee put UND in the West regional and flew SCSU to Worcester, there would have been more people at the West regional. One team had to fly to the NE. It made sense for SCSU, but with the way UND fans travel and a large presence in the immediate area, it could have reached 5-digit numbers, for at least one of the games.
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                          I'm starting to wonder if the west regional numbers are actually who attended or seats sold becuase there was probably a number of bought tickets from gopher fans that were not used

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                            One of my brothers just told me that there were 5000 presold tickets to the west regional before the field was announced and the gophers were out of it, lots of them were not used I bet

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                              Ticket prices were a joke. Attendance might benefit if the NCAA were to drop prices by about a third.
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