10 years ago you had to be in line hours before the game... because thats how you got into games.... not this stupid ticket claim system where you gotta claim tickets a week or two in advance (not knowing 100% for sure if you will make the game)... and then if you don't get to claim a ticket.... there's a stand by line that prob never gets used because students don't know about it.Lack of attendance due to covid and masks muffling cheering from those who are in attendance are issues affecting the atmosphere which will go away eventually. Lack of attendance for other reasons will be a persistent issue until the athletic department makes some adjustments. Lack of student attendance and engagement has really killed the vibe. I don't know what happened there, but 10 years ago we had more students in line 4 hours before the game than we have in attendance now.
I tuned her out a long time ago... she seems like a nice person... but im sorry... totally kills the vibe at games with nonstop promos & she certainly doesn't bring a whole lot of energy. It seems more scripted than a WWE Live Event.The promos definitely suck. I get that sponsors generate revenue, but that revenue will go away if they don't make the promos more entertaining. They are derivative and exhausting. It feels like Groundhogs Day sitting through the exact same promo games at the exact same times with the exact same script 17 times a season. I am at every game and I couldn't even tell you what they are all for. I just tune them out at this point and I suspect others do as well.
Well... for one the people running promotions at the squirrels have a lot more energy, passion than Bree does at VCU games. I mean anyone who knows Parney or has seen him.... the dude has a lot of energy & aint afraid to make himself look like a fool to entertain the crowd.... and if you ever talk to the dude in person... hes a very cool dude. Same goes for the other people running their in games promotions.We have a minor league baseball team in town that enhances the fan experience through contests, games, and promos. Ours just seem to turn people off which is not good for fans or sponsors. I believe we have plenty of creative people in the athletic department. They just have to drop the game day script and let them use that creativity.
As far as the bolded statement.... Yeah right. I'll believe that when I see it. How they gonna make that work?For what it's worth, I was talking to a long time season ticket holder at Home Team before the game the other night and he told me that he recently had a convo with Ed.
I think its been mentioned on here before, but there will be another re-seating after this season. I was told that some of the "newer" season ticket holders have jumped in with better seats due to former season ticket holders ending their packages. It has clearly rubbed some folks the wrong way and my understanding is that there will be an effort for better seats to be given to long time season ticket holders who are not in the upper echelon of donations.
I was also told that though we've lost season ticket holders since last season, we've gained that right back with new season ticket holders. Now I don't know if that means 2 tickets from an alum or if a company bought tickets.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. These are people dropping big bucks, they aren't going to mess with them, that and the ushers don't get down on that floor level I bet.They monitor every other section of the arena. Seems like we need to get these folks compliant
That is a fair response. I am in the ballpark of saying "I'll believe that when I see it" too.As far as the bolded statement.... Yeah right. I'll believe that when I see it. How they gonna make that work?
Gotta pay for school somehow. Friends of mine had a house in Oregon Hill during our VCU days. Their neighbors were exotic dancers who paid tuition in cash and worked two nights a week. Obviously there's a lot of skeevyness that goes along with it, unfortunately, but it always seemed pretty smart to me.I remember walking pass hookers heading to class on VCU campus in the 80's (me heading to class, not the hookers).
In my opinion, the most exciting things of the in game experience (in no particular order) aside from the game:
1. Papa John Shootout (when we had it)
2. The Hey song Rock and Roll Part 2
3 The its "Havoc you Fear" and "You Dont want to go to war" songs during breaks when we are rallying
4. Gold Rush routine both at Half time and in game. They are pretty darn good.
Next up were:
Honoring Alums and Kids and Community heroes
Half court shot/ Win Franks money (pick one, not both)
Everything else on court should go. You should let vendors hand stuff out at the gates after the game. Throw stuff into the crowd (shirts, burritos, rolls...). Pan the crowd for smiles and goofy dances (while the band is playing). Let vendors have some concourse space to exhibit there products/ services . Let vendors sponsor timeout GRD routines or Peppa breaks. And then VCU should do everything in there power to blow those vendors up on social media, Coach's show, print media and such to let them (and the audience) know how important they are to the program.