The crowd has been quiet over the last few years because of the product on the floor. Win games and it will get loud again. The way Hilton is constructed, it is supposed to hold in sound. Solid concrete, steel doors, steep seating built close to the floor. I can't wait for the noise to come back.
How do I know? One of my first jobs at the Center was that of tour guide. In fact, I helped to write the first tour guide manual.....lol.
So, all you need to make the sound what it has been in the past is for the fans to get involved. I really think it has to start with the students though. It helps to have a winning, exciting team......but that was not always required. Johnny did not always have winning teams, but Hilton was still an intimidating place to play. Hell, it was a hard place to play even under Nance and Trickey.
ISU is top 50 in the nation in attendance regularly even through bad years, top 25 during the Wayne years even. How on Earth does that make us worse than an empty arena in Nebraska or Colorado for teams who are just as bad or worse?
When we get back to at least being an above average team we'll be right up there with the rest of the old Big 8 basketball schools and above the Texas schools for atmosphere, if not better than the non-KU Big 8 arenas.