Your time as a student also coincided with the best ISU teams in history as well.
I was a student from 00-...06, hehe, and for the majority of my time I had no problem finding a seat and that includes the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Especially 2003. IMO things have improved student wise from 2003.
98-99 was not a great season at 15-15 and that was coming off a 12-18 year before but the students showed up in droves still. Yes we had some great years while I was there and that helped but that shouldn't cause students that bought tickets not to show up. We've sucked in football, heck we were tearing down the goal posts after beating a crappy team my freshman year and students still show up for FB games don't they? Winning/losing should not be an excuse to support your school. Especially when most live within walking distance. If I took this attitude the students would be complaining about the general public not buying season tickets because we suck.
I understand what you're saying travman, I really do. I very rarely miss games and I have to drive up after work and try to get home and get to bed at a decent time because I wake up every morning at 4:45. There are a lot of people who drive further than I do and they have kids as well.
Honestly I think there are a lot of reasons why students don't go to basketball games like they used to, and it could be for any number of reasons. The validity of those reasons is up for anyone to decide.
For me I think the #1 reason why people don't go to basketball games like they used to is the fact that if Hilton magic is still alive, it's on an iron lung. Maybe I'm more jaded now but when I was younger I felt like we could hang with anybody if it was in Hilton, and that anything could happen like us going on a big run or something to come back and beat a team. I was always on the edge of my seat. Even a few years ago I remember the place going nuts when we were getting absolutely drubbed by UT and we managed to close it to like 12 and the place just erupted, because it seemed like we were going to put it on them.
Years of subpar play and disheartening losses extending back multiple coaches have really sapped that belief not only in me but I think the multitude of the Cyclone faithful. Even in losing to SDSU this year I was extremely disappointed, but I wasn't really all that shocked.
If there is anything I hope McD can do it's help generate some of that excitement in Hilton again. It's an absolute morgue in there these days and thus it's not as fun for student or alumnus.
I think we'd all like to have more student attendance. However, if you look at it this way, if you were a senior this year and it was your fourth year, you would have seen exactly one winning basketball season, your freshman year, which was probably one of the most disappointing seasons in memory. ISU basketball wouldn't have beaten a ranked team your entire career as a student.
Cyclone Alley might need some more folks but there are PLENTY of empty seats all over Hilton, including a lot of parquet spots. Those seats might be paid for but they sure aren't used. My wife gets two of her bosses parquet tickets pretty often and the seats in the row directly in front of us and to the right of us haven't been used one time when we've been there.
This is me.
I'm missing tonight because I had a night class and gave my ticket away, and now I'm S.O.L. with the class being cancelled.
Home games at Hilton were really exciting until I showed up. Coincidence?
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