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    Re: College Football Attendance drops for fourth consecutive year.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4Q Basket Case View Post
    Well, I'm cussing you right now because for the first time, I put pen to paper and totaled it up.

    Lots of leeway in how you count various expenses, but regular season is a lot. Most of that is Tide Pride and CTF.

    Non-regular-season and road game outlay is a function of a lot of different things. Could range from $0 to $5K or more, depending, depending, depending. This last year, we went to FSU in Atlanta, two nights in Nashville for Vandy, both playoff games, had a three-night minimum in NO, with associated restaurant and drink bills. Stayed with friends for both games in Atlanta, so other than tickets (which were substantial), the marginal outlay there was minimal.

    Total tab, again depending on exactly how you account for various items, left $10K in the dust.

    But I gotta tell you, if there's a drug that could duplicate the effects of seeing that last play live -- watching the OL form a perfect pocket, seeing the ball arc up, then head down, realizing that the receiver is open, then that he caught it, and the game is over, and we're national champs again -- it would sell for several times that.
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    Re: College Football Attendance drops for fourth consecutive year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Moro Creek View Post
    My guess is that at some point in time, games will be eliminated on cable and regular TV and you will only be able to watch them on pay per view.
    Isn't that what we already have on cable? We buy ESPN to watch games...but I get it and at some level you will be right.
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    Re: College Football Attendance drops for fourth consecutive year.

    My wife and I will go to one game per season as a college reunion game with all of our college friends. Not all of us will go to the game, and sometimes we're able to secure the equipment to just watch the game at our tailgate instead of going to the game. We were able to go to more game as graduates when we had friends who still lived in Tuscaloosa but they've all moved away now. It's a combination of cost and time/travel for us, and we don't have kids at the moment. If we lived in Tuscaloosa (which I'm not opposed to moving back) we may go to a couple more games, but I'm willing to bet that we would still watch at home in Tuscaloosa. It's just ridiculous how much money is spent now, but that's how it is now.
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    Re: College Football Attendance drops for fourth consecutive year.

    Quote Originally Posted by RTR91 View Post
    Conversely, most fans don't want to drive an hour or more to Tuscaloosa to wait 10 minutes before kickoff in hopes of finding a cheap ticket.
    And that ticket possibly being a knockoff...
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    Re: College Football Attendance drops for fourth consecutive year.

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    And that ticket possibly being a knockoff...
    Highly doubtful. With the university enforcing rules on the scalpers and having them to register the likelihood of getting a bad ticket is very very very low.

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    Re: College Football Attendance drops for fourth consecutive year.

    Quote Originally Posted by RedWave;3184078[B
    ]It has been a long time since I attended a game.[/B] I have moved around a bit, but never close enough to make a trip to Tuscaloosa an easy trip for me. Add to that the fact that, while the game atmosphere can truly be exciting, I just prefer my seat, my food, being able to use the restroom without missing a play, getting all the replays from all the angles, being in air conditioning (or heating, if needed), etc. I will certainly find myself at another game when the opportunity arises, but I like watching at home much better.
    Last game I attended was the Vandy game back in 2011 on my brother-in-law's faculty/staff (nosebleed south endzone) seats. I think he either doesn't get them anymore, or does and sells them to cover his daughters' college education. But yeah, the 4 1/2 hour (or so) road trip now, plus cost of admission, hassle of parking, etc., even just by myself (and even with free places to stay at my parents' or sister's house) it's not worth it to me. Plus I recently got a new TV so yeah, games in HD, climate control, my choice of beverage, and I can get some actual work done around the house pre and post game (depending on game time). Might take my son to a game in the near future (and then even maybe A-Day) and daughter in a few more years. I mean, I love Bama and all, but...
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    Re: College Football Attendance drops for fourth consecutive year.

    My wife and I attend one home game a year, mostly because I want to see what I am missing and, then talking on the drive home about why did we do this. We went to the UT game this past season with a couple who are both UT grads. Our tickets were in the north end zone about 5 rows from the top, never again. We had season tickets for 5 years but did not go enough to warrant the annual cost. Like others have said HDTV, reclining on the sofa, easy access to food, drink, no traffic jams and a clean restroom make for a great weekend of Alabama football.
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    Re: College Football Attendance drops for fourth consecutive year.

    On a rare occasion I may take a relative or close friend who hasn't been to a game before, but otherwise will, at my age, opt for the home HDTV experience. For those who can make the trip, hats off. It's a bit more of a hassle than back in my day.

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