Update: As much as I love stadium talk, and what the AD could do better, I'm trying to focus on what WE can actually do. I've had a few people say they are interested in helping. So add your name below, and I'll get in touch with you soon about figuring out our plan.
Ok Cuse folk. A lot of attention has been paid to our lackluster fandom the past few weeks. The attendance at recent football games has been terrible. The quality of cheering has been brought into question.
These were the same issues I raised almost a decade ago in the Daily Orange. It is what it is. Things just don't change. Instead, we'll just continue to bitch about the attendance figures. I've done it plenty. Honestly, I'm over it...unless we actually decide to do something about it.
On the twitterverse this morning a few ideas were tossed around, and two stick out as feasible solutions that we could lead:
First, to deal with the current conundrum of a quiet Loud House, Mr. Keeley has suggested a rabid fan section. Similar to you buying tickets in say, the Tops Family section, you could buy tickets to this section. I'd like to call it simply "The Hardnosed" but this is clearly up for debate. Does anyone have contacts inside the Dome ticket sales/athletic department? I don't see a reason why they wouldn't offer this. If not, it must be grown organically through this site and others. Simply pick an empty section (don't worry, there are plenty of choices) and designate this the rabid fan section. The rest will take off from there.
So Next Steps are: Reaching out to ticket sales coordinators, or choosing a section. I know there's only one football game left. But there's plenty of basketball. And planning for this can start now. I don't know about you, but when returning to the Dome for my yearly visit, I'd definitely sit here.
Second, we need to worry about the future status of the Orange faithful. We need to build a young core that has connections to the Dome and to the team. How do you do this? Get kids hooked. All while helping out some youth from rougher areas of the city. Helping out and filling the dome? Winning solution.
I'd love to get something going where donating money to get Syracuse kids to the game is a larger effort. Or even a ticket exchange spot for those who aren't using theirs (which apparently is happening) to donate. Obviously it'd work best through the university, but a separate 501 c 3, as was talked about in years past, would be awesome. While I can't take the lead there, I'd definitely help out with logistics, coordinating the event, etc.
Next steps here are: gauging interest, invested parties, and those who want to help. Deciding how we'd like to organize and our goals/mission.
So, are you rightfully bitching and moaning about attendance? Do you want anything to change? Let's try to do something, even though I KNOW IT'S NOT REALLY OUR JOB. Who's with me?