I know very little about farming, so someone with more knowledge can answer this question. If ISU was a better team this year, say they were leading the Big 12 North, does work in the fields get put off for another day?
The reason I ask is because I'm wondering if this is a problem that is remedied by more success or if it will be something that has to be dealt with come November every year.
I think that winning does change a lot. The reason why iowa and Nebraska aren't noticeably hurt by harvest is that for every fan who can't go, there are plenty willing to step up in their place. At ISU, we haven't won enough to garner that bandwagon group. We have a group of 50 or 60k. When the weather is nice and harvest hasn't started and the season is fresh (no losses to turn people away), we can pack the stadium. From there on out, people start looking for reasons not to go. Some are legit (harvest, weddings, kids soccer), some are not (weather, bad record, hunting). The key is that there aren't fans to replace them and ISU has not won enough to force bandwagoners to view the games as a must see.
Does it affect attendance? Sure it does. To say it's 4-6 thousand fans (to quote an earlier poster) is questionable. Our highest attendance this year (not counting Iowa - they've got their fans there too so it's probably not the best measurement) was like 50,000. So you're saying 10% of our fans are farmers that couldn't come today because of harvest?
I don't know because I don't have the numbers (neither does anyone else on here)...just asking if people think that's actually true.
Have you ever combined corn? Plenty of time between end rows to make a call or two to a friend. Same for the guys hauling to town.
Hauling to town is for suckers. Build your own damn elevator.
I was the guy who said 4-6K less due to harvest, and I would probably scale that back to 3-5K. Honestly, when we put 50K in the stadium for Army, and 43K for CU for bowl eligibility where do you think the rub is happening? There is definitely a significant, measurable effect on attendance from a do or die harvest at school like ISU. As others have said, unlike Iowa or Nebraska, we don't have bandwagon fans willing to be the next man in.
Last edited by Al_4_State; 11-15-2009 at 02:31 AM.
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