11-29-11 01:58 PM - Post#112960 In response to Bison137
At least some things in life never change. LU had their home opener last night - the first home game for one of LU's best teams ever, featuring their best player ever. Students were back on campus, and LU was offering free food and drink for students at the game. Lehigh90 had a very good report of the game on their message board. Here is what he had to say about the crowd and game environment:
" I arrived at Stabler last night about 10 minutes prior to tip-off. I parked about 100 yards from the door, which I knew meant a small crowd. If cars aren't passed the building on the gravel, it is a bad sign. I got my ticket, and low and behold, I was sitting at center court, 3 rows off the floor. The announced crowd of 893 was really about 300-400. If you took away the cheerleaders and band, the student section was about 50. The entire upper section (yellow seats and benches) were closed off. A sign said something to the effect of "To promote an intimate atmosphere, the sections were closed". The blue seats were about 1/3 full. To early points, Stabler needs a jumbotron of some sort, and a new game announcer. There is zero excitement in that building. . . .
Final note, somebody needs to do something to get fans in the seats. It is about as sterile an atmosphere as you could have. Hard to motivate for me to drive up there to watch in that environment. I would much rather watch them on the road. The game day experience is really lacking. I hate to harp on that but why does it take the ticket lady 5 minutes to get you a ticket when the arena is 90% empty, and why is there a 20 minute wait at the half for concessions when there are 400 people in the arena. Why is nobody selling Lehigh paraphenalia. It mush be demoralizing to the players to play in that home arena."
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His point near the end is one I've been making for years. Stabler is always virtually empty - yet it still takes 20 minutes to get a hot dog.
2012-13 Attendance: 19 games and 8,354 miles driven.