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Re: Men's Basketball - ISU vs IU Secret Scrimmage Sunday??
Posted by BlueBeard on 10/29/2011, 10:51 am, in reply to "Re: Men's Basketball - ISU vs IU Secret Scrimmage Sunday??"
About the third or fourth year of winning Championships is needed to draw in the full amount of fan base to nearly fill Hulman Center. Even in Bird's Junior and Senior years there were gate tickets by walking up for all but a couple games. If I recall the average was around 8,000-8,500 through those 'Glory Years'. Now, had that tradition continued for the next several seasons, then that might have created a Green Bay, Wisconsin, type of City environment.
Two year run of Championships with Menser and crew got us to about 4,500 average and filled the place with IU and Purdue fans a couple of times. At least we loyalists sent the traitor fans home with their chins on their chest.
I agree with ISU76 that Lansing has us primed for years to come with the improvement curve pointing upward for a while yet. But remember, we who chat on these Forums are the dedicated and knowledgeable fan base; so, I'll be surprised if this Season sees much of a rise, other than student attendance, perhaps, just because of one MVC Championship last year.
I am tremendously hoping to be wrong on that assessment. You CAN feel the change in the mood, you CAN hear the casual fan who's been missing for years talking Sycamore Basketball from time to time again, you CAN hear of folks who want a ticket. So, if the HC averages 7,500 already this Season, the taste of Crow will be 'sweet'.
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