No game for Pitt, but their next opponent is playing Virginia Tech gets to see about how healthy they can make their offense look against North Carolina. This is the ACC Game of the week, so if you want to track it down, here’s the list of affiliates for the game.
Otherwise it’s just a day to sit back with the beverage of your choice (growler of Southern Tier’s Unearthly is my pick this weekend).
Another topic. This article from WSJ.com about how plenty of schools are struggling with getting and keeping their student population to attend the football games. Anecdotal stories from Georgia.
As it turns out, Georgia students left empty 39% of their designated sections of Sanford Stadium over the last four seasons, according to school records of student-ticket scans. Despite their allocation of about 18,000 seats, the number of students at games between 2009 and 2012 never exceeded 15,000.
Winning isn’t even necessarily a solution. The average student crowd to see last year’s Georgia team—which finished the season ranked No. 5—was almost 6,000 short of maximum capacity. Even at Alabama, 32% of student seats went unused by students between 2009 and 2012, when the Crimson Tide won three national championships. Alabama coach Nick Saban wrote a flattering letter last week in the student paper to recruit students back.
Georgia officials have been so concerned by student attendance that they reassigned 2,000 seats previously reserved for students to young alumni before this season. “It was a significant hole, and it was very noticeable,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. “It was way too obvious.”
I don’t see it as a generational thing — shorter attention span is mentioned. To me it seems to reflect the greater issue of fans attending live games in general. It becomes a comparative hassle to go to the game. Fight the traffic. Deal with the weather. All the extra costs. Contrast that with the comfort and ease of sitting at home with your own food, drink and a nice HDTV.