Indiana at Highpoint Solutions Stadium
Alright, fans. It's time. Let's do this!
From last week's attendance article, two comments:
Weather definitely prevented a good turnout
But if we’re being honest, the fans can still do better. I’m sure it’ll come with better performances on the field, but the team can get better sooner if the fans provide a home-field advantage when necessary.
On the Banks - Managing Editor
This is different.
This [Wisc game] was on ESPN, which we never are, so this was a big deal. Now some viewers probably think that we aren’t loyal fans because of our turnout, especially for Homecoming. I know it is not huge, but this is about perception.
Perception is reality. If people (recruits) see empty seats, what is the perception? This is the last home game of the year. This is for bowl eligibility. This is for at least a .500 season, in our first Big Ten season. This is to prove a lot of pundits and other "experts" wrong. So will the fans be there?
Stub Hub on Monday afternoon had over 1800 tickets available for sale, some as low as $22. I went to the Rutgers online ticket site. There were seats available throughout the stadium, in many cases just a single seat in a section. To see what was out there I looked for a pair of tickets, clicking on "Best Available". I was bumped upstairs, to a 40-50 yard line seat in the 13th row.
|Dynamic Pricing||Sideline||Sect||223||Row 13||Seats 18-19
But looking at the availability map online, there were 90 seats left unsold behind those "Best Available" ones in that same section. A sellout is not likely.
Weather was mentioned, too. The National Weather Service forecast shows this for Saturday:
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 43.
That, my friends, is football weather. And a 3:30 start, plenty of time to get there. So.......
Indiana vs ttfp
Indiana, I'm sure, was hoping the big name clout of ttfp would put fans in the seats this past weekend. I mean, it's only 545 miles from State College to Bloomington, a short jaunt for real fans. Alas....
The Nitty "We're a national brand" Kitties used their immense drawing power to bring 42,623 people to Indiana's Memorial Stadium, creating the....third largest crowd of the season there. The attendance put the crowd at a tad over 80% capacity.
Attendance 'round the Big Ten
Most of the big kahunas of the conference were on the road, which should have meant good crowds. But even a rising Wisconsin team couldn't generate interest at Purdue. The game of the week in East Lansing exceeded capacity, something that keeps happening in the B1G.
|Michigan State||76,409||75,005||101.87||L 49-37||Ohio St|
|Indiana||42,683||52,929||80.64||L 13-7||Penn State|
RU last year at this time
I was wondering how the move to the Big Ten was influencing our attendance. Of course, last year at this time we were 5-3 and heading into a home contest with Cincinnati. And then the wheels really fell off.
|Norfolk St||49,111||52,454||93.63||W 38-0|
|East. Michigan||47,604||52,454||90.75||W 28-10|
Schadenfreude, or our weekly look at Syracuse football attendance
Syracuse was playing the nation's #22 Team in Duke. A conference game and their final home game of the season. This photo was taken towards the close of the first quarter. A late arriving crowd? An announced crowd of 39,331 in the circus tent of the tundra put the total at 79.84% of capacity.
And the Orange for their home season:
|Nova @ Syr||41,189||49,262||83.61|
|Md @ Syr||40,511||49,262||82.24|
|L'Ville @ Syr||37,569||49,262||76.26|
|Fla St @ Syr||43,295||49,262||87.89|
|NC St @ Syr||40,787||49,262||82.80|
|Duke @ Syr||39,331||49,262||79.84|
|only @ Dome|