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Let's Get Syracuse Women's Basketball Their Best Home Attendance of the Season

Enough already. The Syracuse women's basketball team is winning games, getting ranked and playing for the post-season. They deserve more butts in the seats. So let's make it our butts.

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By all accounts, the attendance issue concerning Syracuse Orange women's basketball is no longer something we can all abide.

Here are the facts:

  • Syracuse WBB averages 649 fans for home games in the Carrier Dome, which is capable of seating in excess of 35K.
  • That is not only the worst average home attendance in the ACC but it's the worst average home attendance of any Power Five conference school.
  • As recently as the 2010-2011 season, the Orange averaged 1,119 fans per home game. That total has consistently dropped off right on through last season when the team averaged a paltry 599 in attendance per game.
  • The Syracuse men's team draws roughly 44 times as many fans as the women's team. That's the highest ratio of any school in Division I.

All of this is not to say that Syracuse Women's Basketball should be averaging 10K in the stands every night. I mean, they SHOULD, but, that's not going to happen overnight. Despite the fact that Coach Q's program continues to win, consistently goes to the post-season and has become a fixture in the national rankings, the situation simply will not improve as-is.

So let's change the as-is of the situation.

Syracuse's season-high home game attendance so far is 2,148 when the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish came to town. TNIAAM thinks we can do better than that and there's no better time to do it then the final game of the season.

Sunday, February 22 at 12:00 p.m., the Orange will host the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Orange will assumedly be jostling for ACC Tournament seeding as well as a spot in the NCAA Tournament (two things the men's team won't be doing). Also, it's Senior Day. How about we send the women out right by notching the highest home game attendance of the season?

To make it fun for us, we're going to take over an entire section in the Carrier Dome. Given the lack of attendees, our section will be pretty close to the court so you won't have to worry about a bad seat. If we can pack that section, we'll not only show some Orange Pride but we'll also help make the team feel a whole lot better about looking up into the stands for support.

Here's how we do it.

1. Click this link to purchase a game ticket.

2. Click "find tickets" for the Pittsburgh game.

3. When it asks you for a promo code, type TNIAAM

4. Select the number of tickets you want (up to eight) and click Find Seats. All tickets are $5.

5. We're still finalizing the specific section that we're going to take over with the Dome, so in the meantime just go ahead and purchase the General Admission ticket option that comes up. Once the Carrier Dome provides us with the section we're taking, that's where your tickets will be good for.

6. If you're a student, the game is free to you so all you need to do is show up with a student I.D. We're trying to get our section as close as possible to the student section so we can work in tandem. If we could match a packed student section with ours...bonus.

7. Go to the game on February 22 in your finest orange and root on the only Syracuse basketball team that has the potential to win an ACC or National Title in 2015.

That's it. We'll have updates as they come in. In the meantime, please share this far and wide and get anyone who wants to support SU and support the women's team to buy a ticket. Some of the TNIAAM folks will be attending as well so it's a great opportunity for folks in the readership and community to actually meet face-to-face as well.

We're probably not going to sell out the Dome but if we can make sure there's at least 2,150 fans in the stands on February 22, we'll have done something pretty worthwhile. G'ORANGE!