Butch Jones calls on students to help fill Neyland Stadium

Attendance better, but room to grow

When Tennessee kicks off against South Alabama on Saturday, there likely will be a large swath of empty bleachers in what would otherwise be prime seating at Neyland Stadium.

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MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

Student tickets should be free.

tn10 writes:

When Mike Hamilton started charging for student tickets is when attendance began to drop. If only that had been the only thing Hamilton did to us.

oldvol59 writes:

in response to MooseandSquirrelVol:

Student tickets should be free.

Absolutely!

ThirdCreek writes:

Tickets were never free back in my day as a student but were included in the optional "activity fee" that we paid.

ThirdCreek writes:

Coincidentally the Wall Street Journal today (9/26/13) features an article about how student attendance is down at major universities including GA and AL despite their recent success. Poor cellphone connectivity in stadiums and the attractiveness of watching games from nearby bars with big screen TVs were cited as reasons students more and more are shunning going to games in person.

SmokeysPup writes:

in response to ThirdCreek:

Coincidentally the Wall Street Journal today (9/26/13) features an article about how student attendance is down at major universities including GA and AL despite their recent success. Poor cellphone connectivity in stadiums and the attractiveness of watching games from nearby bars with big screen TVs were cited as reasons students more and more are shunning going to games in person.

I can't imagine living my life around my cell phone connection, that's pathetic.....adding to watching games on TV's at nearby bars. Television is ruining sports. TV makes it easy not to go to games. I know several people that have long since given up their season tickets because they would rather just watch it at home (no restroom lines or concession lines and no aholes sitting next to you). Of course charging a "donation fee" to the University didn't help

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ThirdCreek:

Tickets were never free back in my day as a student but were included in the optional "activity fee" that we paid.

You probably should have put "optional" in quotes as well. IIRC from my own long-ago undergrad days, the activity fee was no more "optional" than tuition fees. In those days, anybody who didn't go to the ball games was wasting part of their activity fee. I understand student tickets cost $10 these days, which is still not much more than a meal at a fast-food restaurant on the Strip.

Nowadays, students have grown up accustomed to watching football games on HD TVs while sitting in comfy recliners with food, drinks, and bathrooms ready to hand. It's just "too much trouble" to physically leave their quarters, walk to the stadium, and sit on hard aluminum benches in all kinds of weather surrounded by strangers. Maybe if the team starts winning big, attendance will pick up, but at this point that is a mostly unwarranted assumption.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SmokeysPup:

I can't imagine living my life around my cell phone connection, that's pathetic.....adding to watching games on TV's at nearby bars. Television is ruining sports. TV makes it easy not to go to games. I know several people that have long since given up their season tickets because they would rather just watch it at home (no restroom lines or concession lines and no aholes sitting next to you). Of course charging a "donation fee" to the University didn't help

I can't imagine that, either, but I'm afraid that just marks both of us as out-of-touch old fogies. It has never occurred to most young people these days that being out of touch can actually be a GOOD thing. Everything society tells them from every direction makes them feel incomplete if they aren't at least potentially in touch with someone, however superficially, at nearly every hour of the night and day. Solitude for relaxation or reflection feels to them like needless and hopeless isolation. Yeah, I don't understand it, either.

Sauce writes:

Quit charging ths students!!!

ThirdCreek writes:

On the other hand I have sat through a number of games at Neyland Stadium and the experience could be enhanced for all fans-

1. Giving extra space on bleacher seats to accomodate those XXL and up persons who make up an increasing percentage of fans-and squeezing everyone else. It makes watching games no fun when you are squeezed tight next to each other. Better yet, eliminate bleachers and go to indivdual seats.

2. Adding more food options other than rubbery hot dogs and cold Dominoes Pizza.

3. Cutting the rake of the upper deck.

4. Adding bathrooms that are at least sanitary in appearance.

5. Adding fan lounges with a bar type setting to compete with the bars outside of the stadium.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ThirdCreek:

On the other hand I have sat through a number of games at Neyland Stadium and the experience could be enhanced for all fans-

1. Giving extra space on bleacher seats to accomodate those XXL and up persons who make up an increasing percentage of fans-and squeezing everyone else. It makes watching games no fun when you are squeezed tight next to each other. Better yet, eliminate bleachers and go to indivdual seats.

2. Adding more food options other than rubbery hot dogs and cold Dominoes Pizza.

3. Cutting the rake of the upper deck.

4. Adding bathrooms that are at least sanitary in appearance.

5. Adding fan lounges with a bar type setting to compete with the bars outside of the stadium.

Those changes would certainly, IMHO, improve the fan experience, but I'm not sure how practical they are at this time while the UTAD is in financial straits. Points #1 and #3 would probably reduce seating capacity. That might be seen as a backward step by an administration that is concerned about maximizing revenue without major capital outlays at this time, though it is arguable that over time having a higher percentage of seats occupied might make up for slightly smaller capacity. Points #2 and #5 might draw some opposition from area merchants; #5 might require a change in state or local law. There is no good reason at all why #4 shouldn't be implemented. Still, I give you props for making some constructive suggestions.

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