Bianchi whining about attendance again

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    As a matter of principle I'll never click on one of those, but I thank you for summarizing.

    We shouldn't have empty seats for an opener, even if we're playing Butt State University in a 110-degree sharknado.
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    playing creampuff teams in 95 degree heat at noon, with a boring offense and a 60 inch LED TV at home? attendance will not improve.
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    Bianchi is pretty irrelavent. He is a hack imo and I refuse to read his mess. I am not the only one.
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    Announced attendance was 83,604 for Toledo. Almost the ENTIRE upper deck of N. endzone was empty plus visitors 8000 seats in SE corner. Upper S. endzone mostly empty. UAA has a BIG problem....
    Not even close to 83k, maybe 73k and that is a stretch.
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    The non-sellout is due to the team's performance the last few years. During the Meyer-Tebow era the opening game always sold out, and we had hot weather and mediocre opponents then as well. There is simply less demand than there used to be since some bandwagon fans aren't excited about the team...
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    I think this is the new reality.

    I know in my case - if I could just get back to my 2007 salary: i'd be making the 5 hour drive most every home game and a few road games too.

    better competition = fuller stadium; night game = fuller stadium; hated rival at night = full rocking stadium
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    I thought the attendance was good...especially considering the heat!!!
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    The fact Bianchi fails to point out is that the Gators still have the highest attendance of any sport in the State of Florida. No college or pro football team averages a greater number of fans per game. Dolphins, Bucs, and Jags have all experienced attendance declines. Despite all the Gator games being televised, Gators still have a top 10 attendance program in college football. The facts speak for themselves. If you check out the price to attend games, gas prices, turnpike charges, parking charges, meals, hotel, travel time, ..., it takes quite a bit of dedication to buy season tickets to Gator football games today. I pay for kids to attend camps during summer, dance classes, tennis, .... and the cost of those far exceeds what I used to spend on Gator tickets. Dollar only stretches so far. I'm a one game per year person that drives up for Miami, but it is not going to be a non-SEC game. Cheaper for me to go to Miami-UF game.
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    Bianchi seems to think this issue is isolated to UF, when it is, in fact, something many schools are having to deal with. I notice Mike didn't ask his buddy, Mr. Empty Seat, how the UCF game was in Thursday night. He was clearly there, too.
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    Put on a boring product, at noon, in 110 degree heat = not typical attendance.

    If you don't think that is a huge percentage of the issue than your head is planted in sand.

    If it had been a 6pm game, it would have sold out or been within a couple of thousand.
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    Even though I don't mind noon games, many people do.

    The early hour, combined with the high noon sun and heat, and then always-rising ticket prices in a stagnant economy when people don't have as much disposable income?

    It's not surprising to see some empty seats.
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    I remember the UAB game a couple of years ago. It was a night game (7pm)... Lots of empty seats....Most I had seen in years. Far more empty seats than announced gate of 87,000....Time of day is not the only factor. But that being said....It is many things...and we are not alone...we are still doing better than most.

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    I'm not going to read it but if he's saying we're somehow unique in having lower than usual attendance he doesn't know what he's talking about. Attendance has been dropping across the NFL, now it's dropping in college football. Last year attendance dropped in every major conference except the Pac12. http://www.footballscoop.com/news/8328-trend-college-football-attendance-down-tv-figures-up-in-2012 There's plenty more along the same lines, just Google "college football attendance up down."

    Let's face it, as long as people can stay in the comfort of their home and watch multiple games throughout the day on big-screen HD TV at no cost, a certain number of them will choose to do so rather than putting up with the heat, drive, cost, general inconvenience of attending a game. That's true of us, it's true almost everywhere.
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    Weren't a bunch of us whining about attendance late Saturday and all day Sunday? Why is that when Bianchi writes and article that's in line with sentiment on this board, he still gets bashed?

    Empty seats are a concern that needs to be addressed.
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    I'm having trouble typing this since my head is in the sand but I'll try. A "boring product" has little if anything to do with it. Read any article about declining attendance in the NFL and now in college football. You'll see lots of reasons but I haven't seen any that claim "boring product" is a major factor as long as the boring product is winning games.
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    Don't forget that almost no Toledo fans showed up. Don't they get a few tickets? I noticed their section was completely empty.

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