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joe92

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I know this has been an issue for the Citadel for years and years getting people to games, and that the team has mostly struggled for the last 20-30 seasons except for a couple of years. 

But the attendance drop is alarming. Four home games this season and the attendance hasn‘t cracked 750 (the home opener did 742 against UNCA).

The ETSU game Wednesday night did 629 fans. Something is going wrong with marketing. You‘d think at least with cadets (pre-finals) you could at least break 1,000 fans for a conference game in December against a good opponent.



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Whole gamut of problems, cadet attendance is poor because there is a general apathy toward sports; on weeknighs many would rather be studying than attending games which is fine but there is also a big problem with lack of loyalty and engagement with the school which is also a big issue with alumni.  The parking situation on campus is a deterrent for many especially on weeknights and the school is doing nothing to solve it; lastly many fans would rather be home watching more attractive games; as with football we will never be able to get out of the shadow of the 'big guys'.
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We need to put the tv cameras on the side away from the home crowd so it looks like someone is there. Ditto for football.


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Put "Buck-Buck" back at half time and you'll have a few hundred cadets at a minimum participating or watching the fun.....in addition to the BB game.

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Nothing has changed about attendance at home games as far as i have been following. Like playing in a library unless A) visiting team brings fans or the Corp shows up.
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In 1985 I was on a team of Cadets and alumni to see what we could do to get more Cadets to the game. And it has been that way ever since then. When we played in Deas Hall that was a hard ticket to get because of its size. Regan Truesdale and some good crowds but the stands etc., were reconfigured differently and you could sit/stand right behind the visiting bench. 
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In six home games, VMI is averaging 1,227 to their games. Only one of these games were on a Saturday! This includes a 96-20 win by VMI over a team called Christendom where 1,124 were in attendance on a Wednesday. The only Saturday game so far was a 88-61 VMI win over Stetson. I guess the Cadets still have to attend Saturday games at VMI?? 2,412 attended this Saturday game.
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What else would you do in Lexington in Nov and Dec?
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Back in the 70's when Les was coach,a group of cadets got together and tried to help rally the corps to get behind the team.I remember one game ,the Catholic group at school gave a keg of beer to the company that had the most cadets in attendance.That rallied the troops.That's a no go in today's world but perhaps some outside the box thinking is in order.
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SoCon Home Attendance to Date
1- ETSU Avg: 4092
2- UNCG Avg: 3797
3- UTC. Avg: 2442
4- Mercer Avg: 2144
5- Furman. Avg: 2049
6- WCU. Avg: 1611
7- Samford Avg: 1408
8- Wofford Avg: 1342
9- VMI Avg: 1227
10- The Citadel Avg: 586

The Citadel Attendance is disappointing and surprised Wofford comes in at 8th, with their nice facility and recent success.
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On top of what's been mentioned already, the home schedule doesn't help much either.  Half of the games so far are against teams I never would have heard of before, if we hadn't played them regularly since Ed Conroy left.  Getting home games against these teams doesn't help much if we only draw 600.

Definitely need some incentives for cadets to attend, but also could use some work to get others in the building.  I remember basketball games being fun - I went to most home games when I was on campus.
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I merely enjoyed getting out of evening study period to watch a game. But after my graduating GPA maybe I should have stayed in. This was in the late 90s when we even filled the away stands with non-Cadet attendance.

I remember the CofC game being mandatory though.
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Am I wrong to think if the Cadets didn't have to attend football games, only a handful would show up??
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Am I wrong to think if the Cadets didn't have to attend football games, only a handful would show up??


Sadly you are not.  I have commented before that there is a huge apathy towards sports on campus and cadets in this day and age do not feel the same loyalty and connection to their school as in past generations; add in the distraction of video games, cellphones, the coffee bar and other games available online you have a big problem.  And I agree with caseyw that the early schedule probably turns off many, no motivation to see a 50 point blowout over some small school nobody ever heard of that probably couldn't beat the Burke JV team.
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Sadly you are not.  I have commented before that there is a huge apathy towards sports on campus and cadets in this day and age do not feel the same loyalty and connection to their school as in past generations; add in the distraction of video games, cellphones, the coffee bar and other games available online you have a big problem.  And I agree with caseyw that the early schedule probably turns off many, no motivation to see a 50 point blowout over some small school nobody ever heard of that probably couldn't beat the Burke JV team.


Some of this same "apathy" towards OUR sports teams was around in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

I've tried to have viewing parties for big games here in the PNW, and the most I can get is 1 or 2 others to join me, if that many.  We get 15-20 Alums for a holiday party, summer picnic, or Muster. They just do not care about Citadel FB, or college FB in general for that matter.

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