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Do you think that students, alums, and fair weather supporters will band together when and if the new regs for keeping and maintaining D-1A status goes into effect? IMHO they will. Even those shools if told they will be loosing their status will have to pick up and start to use other marketing strategies to keep the 15,000 attendance levels. Some ideas for schools lacking in attendance:
1. 6 band days
2. Keg party (pick up your glass inside the stadium)
3. Making sure you have a competitive and exiting athletic team.
01-23-2004 07:21 PM
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How about adopting the Illinois High School Association, "Pack the Place" promotion for one game. That always seems to bring students out. Maybe tie to the games versus weaker opponents or games over labor day weekend or at the end of the year. That will work for NIU if the team is having a bad season.

Other schools should think about ways to get the student population out at the games. That would be a guaranteed 5,000 to 7,000 to the attendence. Then all they need to focus on will be the alums, or other fans.

I was thoroughly impressed with Bowling Green's student turnout for our game this year at BG. I understand that it was a big game and all, but still seeing all the students on the field after they beat us was impressive.

Maybe Buffalo, Ohio, Akron, Kent St, and EMU (our weaker attendence schools) may try to focus on gimmicks like this.

One other way is to raise the bar in quality of football in the MAC. I think the more the MAC defeats BCS schools, the more fans will begin to realize the quality of football that is played in the MAC. My opinion of the MAC of late is that no lead is safe. Offenses are so wide open in our conference, it really brings an exciting brand of football. Funny thing is that our offense is primarily the only one focusing on running the football, and we're still considered a high octane offense. I cannot wait to see BG & Toledo in our place next year. I don't care about our OOC home games, I want to see our MAC rivals. I'm also planning on going to Waldo again this year (perhaps my favorite stadium in the MAC and closest to DeKalb. I'm even considering a trip to Muncie.
01-24-2004 11:40 AM
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