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    Attendance for college football decreases again.

    http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2..._river_default

    The price of tickets IMO is causing this. No incentive to go to game with gas prices, cost of tickets, concessions and 24/7 TV.

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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    Correct, lack of jobs and rising cost of everything.
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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    Yeah, clearly it's all cost of tickets...

    Because adding programs like South Alabama, with their dirt cheap tickets, and their average attendance of 16,793 absolutely couldn't do anything to bring down average attendance numbers.

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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    Without getting too political --- high unemployment rates, more PT jobs, and higher taxes coming -- I'm not surprised one bit.

    Plus -- at home I get to pee and be back before missing anything -- and with the size of the TVs now -- watching at home is much more enjoyable than it used to be.
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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    That may very well be true, but the stadium portrayed in that article is not an appropriate gauge for what is being seen across the country. You see, there was a special reason why that particular stadium was relatively empty this year.

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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    I gotta say, going to the stadium has become a huge and expensive hassle.

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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    For now it's 100% economics.

    But warning to the rule changers......look at Nascar!

    Saturday I heard two ESPN radio commentators arguing that we should just scrap the kickoff, no brainer because "safety first". The guy for scrapping the kickoff thought that even debating it was ridiculous because he had "safety" in his corner and anyone who though differently was an outcast or something. But there is a compromise point regarding safety, if not, our cars would have roll cages and Hans devices.

    I hope that PC doesn't ruin football.

    But as of right now, it's the horrible economy.

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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    I blame it on the students
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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    Quote Originally Posted by CapstoneTider View Post
    For now it's 100% economics.
    That may be true for some schools and even some fans, but it's clearly not the case with the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, and other schools whose average attendance is essentially at stadium capacity.
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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    I'll be honest. Me personally, I would rather watch football games on my family's 70" tv than going and sitting in a crowded stadium. I like to go every once in awhile, but it isn't something I want to do every home game. I know a lot of people wouldn't trade the gameday experience for nothing, but I would rather watch on tv.
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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    I am definitely part of the problem here

    Family and I were planning on going to one game this year, haven't been to Tuscaloosa in years though I have gone to the SEC Champ games we were in prior to this year and the Clemson/VT games in Atlanta. We targeted the A&M Game

    Looked at the cost of Tickets + Hotel + travel + food and figured the weekend would set me back $1,500 - $2,000. Took the lower amount and used it as a budget to put in a 1080p projector, screen and new home theater sound system instead. Spent just over $1,500 and now watch games on a 120 inch screen and got to avoid spending all that money on watching us lose to A&M

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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    I agree it's the higher cost of tickets. It's like NASCAR. I live near Bristol Motor Speedway and I can remember buying tickets for $55 and they were great seats. Parked within 200 yards of the track for $5.Then as the sport grew more popular the prices started climbing. Now it's $180 (and you have to pay in advance) and parking is $20. People who live out of state have to pay if they can find one for a hotel room and some places have you stay at least 2 nights. Take in the fact that alot of people have lost their jobs there's no wonder you are seeing empty seats.

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    Re: Attendance for college football decreases again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamatim15 View Post
    I agree it's the higher cost of tickets. It's like NASCAR. I live near Bristol Motor Speedway and I can remember buying tickets for $55 and they were great seats. Parked within 200 yards of the track for $5.Then as the sport grew more popular the prices started climbing. Now it's $180 (and you have to pay in advance) and parking is $20. People who live out of state have to pay if they can find one for a hotel room and some places have you stay at least 2 nights. Take in the fact that alot of people have lost their jobs there's no wonder you are seeing empty seats.
    I used to live right down the road, about a half mile off 11E near Winged Deer Park. We HATED race weekend, because we couldn't get anywhere. We'd do a shop on Thursday and stay home all weekend out of necessity. But I agree with you. As the prices rose, a lot of my friends stopped going because their families couldn't afford to go, even without having to get a hotel.

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