An e-mail that I believe is being sent to all football season ticket holders.
Dear Panthers Fan,
I am writing to thank you for your commitment to our football program as a season ticket holder. Your support means a great deal to our players, coaches and entire athletic department.I am also asking for your help, input and opinions. As a season ticket holder, you experience Pitt football in many different ways. We are dedicated to ensuring that experience ranks among the very best in the country.To help us achieve that goal, I would like to get your insights on such subjects as the Heinz Field game day experience, ticketing, your interactions with the Pitt athletic department or any other thoughts you may have. We are also interested in your ideas on how to build an outstanding home field advantage by attracting other football fans to Heinz Field.I don’t think this information is best read on a survey. Instead, I welcome you to write me directly, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For your convenience, I am also sending a hard copy of this letter to your mailing address on file with a postage paid envelope if you prefer to use traditional mail. Your opinions and ideas are very important to Pitt and will help us make the best decisions going into the future.
We are extremely excited about our football program. Recruiting has been excellent and that bodes well for future success. Coach Wannstedt has an excellent staff and they are working hard to build a championship future at Pitt.
Under the direction of Coach Wannstedt, our young team made tremendous strides in the face of adversity this past season and saved their finest performance for last. After watching our stunning victory over West Virginia, it was hard not to anticipate the exciting possibilities for 2008. In fact, Sports Illustrated has already looked ahead to next year and highlighted the Panthers as the 2008 college football season’s potential “breakout” team. We return 17 starters, including two of the nation’s rising stars in linebacker Scott McKillop, who was named to various All-America squads this year, and tailback LeSean McCoy, who broke the Big East freshman rushing record and was selected the conference’s “Rookie of the Year.”
We can also look forward to one of our finest home schedules in recent memory. We will play six games at Heinz Field, including Big East rivals West Virginia, Louisville and Rutgers, as well as traditional Big Ten power Iowa.
I look forward to reading your thoughts and opinions. Best wishes for a great 2008 and Hail to Pitt!
There are several colleges within the boundaries of Pittsburgh, and none of the others have a division 1 team to back. Maybe, some kind of associate student ticket could be worked out where full-time students at the other Pittsburgh colleges could buy discounted student tickets for football. Naturally, it should be a bit more than for the Pitt students, but it could be a great way to build a rabid young fan base. I recall when I was there that we used to party with students from Duquesne, Point Park, Robert Morris, MT. Mercy (they changed names), and Chatham. Additionally, it might not be a bad idea to make the same offer to the Community College of Allegheny County.
The student section this year was a disappointment with the biggest factor having a stadium that requires a bus ride from campus.
Also, while it’s nice to reach out to local high school bands and cheerleaders, why not reach out more to the high school and youth football teams and their families?
Anyone have other ideas in response to Pederson’s e-mail?