Ticket Sales Hinge On Miami Game
Posted by William Kristoph
Last Saturday, I witnessed the worst FSU crowd since I’ve been going to games (1997). It turns out that it was the worst attended game since before Doak Campbell Stadium was expanded during the 90s. I felt some empathy for the players, cheerleaders and Marching Chiefs. I’m sure most of them grew up watching Doak sell out for awful match-ups and looked forward to playing in front of tons of fans. Last Saturday they played in front of a ton of bleachers. I felt badly for them, I really did.
There are so many potential reasons why attendance hasn’t broken 70k since the Georgia Tech game last year that I would be here all day if I tried to explain them. Among the newer reasons floated by the FSU Ticket Office during the weather delay were the early start times so far this season and a relatively mediocre schedule. The second half of the season will be better they concluded, because the opponents are better and won’t return 9500 tickets like Wake Forest did. Not once did I hear them mention the Miami game.
It ALL hinges on getting a victory against Miami on October 9.
Is the season over for the football team if they leave Miami without a victory? Of course not. The football team will be far from eliminated from an ACC championship. A win is better of course, but a loss doesn’t destroy the season. It WILL hold down the ticket sales though, even with upcoming promotions.
Boston College is parents weekend, so an attendance boost is likely, but how much? But does anybody think Boston College will bring 10,000 fans with them? Will FSU fans support the team if FSU is coming off a loss at Miami? I expect the south end zone to again have plenty of seats, either way. UNC’s fans are apathetic at best, especially with this season’s dreams ruined from the start. Clemson will bring plenty of fans and could bring a sellout for the first time in a long time if both teams minimize losses from now until then. Florida will also be well attended, thanks to the Gators polluting the stands. Seriously, if it’s like two years ago, the amount or Orange & Blue will be disgusting.
As much as die-hard fans like to dismiss bandwagon fans, the fact is that FSU needs them to sell out Doak. The demographic of Tallahassee and surrounding areas dictates that. But what is it going to take? What will the Boosters and Ticket Office do to respond if attendance remains poor, even with a better product on the field? What happens in the future when out of conference games that are interesting are a thing of the past? Is FSU Football about the team and the community of FSU alumni and fans, or is it really just about maximizing profit?