Northwestern tickets a tough sell

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Randall Sherman

Arlington Heights, IL

#1 Oct 9, 2008
My alma mater hasn't given a damn about me in 30 years. Why should I spend money I don't have (since I have the dubious honor of being the most underpaid member of Medill's Class of '76) to watch them now?

Now if Medill burned to the ground, I might hop over to toast some marshmellows in the flames. Otherwise, I don't care if the Puddycats go 0-12 each year!
illinialum

Skokie, IL

#2 Oct 9, 2008
I'm not sure NU is in the Big Ten. All it does is leach off the other schools'$ with real Football/Bball programs. And don't say "apparently you've never heard of women's lacrosse"... they may have one some titles, but I guarantee it brings in zero dollars.

Even in academia, it certainly has the brightest population, its not leaps and bounds over other schools (Mich, Illinois).
illinialum

Skokie, IL

#3 Oct 9, 2008
* I'm not sure *why* its in the Big Ten
MccANUS

Bolingbrook, IL

#4 Oct 9, 2008
How much are the nosebleed seats?
KAG

Grayslake, IL

#5 Oct 9, 2008
Yes, I usually take in a NU game each year, and usually there are lots of seat available. Just curious, how much are tickets at other Big Ten Football games?
J Rond

Hoffman Estates, IL

#6 Oct 9, 2008
"Going to look at ticket prices." Supply + Demand = Price. Or don't they teach that at Kellogg?

Evanston is a hassle to get to and parking ain't good. How 'bout shuttles from Old Orchard? Extra Purple Line and Metra trains.

And in the new stadium, have the concessions finally been put under the east stands instead of in the middle of the walkway? Have more (any) toilets easterly?

It's called buying ads on cable and sportsradio. Ya know, those new channels like ESPN. The kids seem to like it.
Who reads SI anymore?
cscs7

Fort Washington, MD

#7 Oct 9, 2008
Randall Sherman wrote:
My alma mater hasn't given a damn about me in 30 years. Now if Medill burned to the ground, I might hop over to toast some marshmellows in the flames. Otherwise, I don't care if the Puddycats go 0-12 each year!
W/ your piss-poor attitude, no wonder you got so far in life.
cscs7

Fort Washington, MD

#8 Oct 9, 2008
illinialum wrote:
I'm not sure NU is in the Big Ten. All it does is leach off the other schools'$ with real Football/Bball programs.
For not having a "real" FB program, NU has won more B10 titles since 1995 than every other B10 school other than dOSU and UM - plus I seem to recall the 'Cats beating the Illini 4 years in a ROW from 2003-2006.
Enough

Chicago, IL

#9 Oct 9, 2008
Face it, northwestern games are boring and against very subpar competition. I can sit at home and watch CBS Sec LSU/Florida/Auburn/Alabama action on my 1080i High def tv and drink has much beer as I want and order pizza. Or I can sit with 20,000 people all wondering when in the 3rd quarter they are going to leave.
ILLINI

Urbana, IL

#10 Oct 9, 2008
I think its the lack of school pride at NW. At U of I, people grow up Illini fans which makes U of I thier dream school.
NU Alum

Pleasanton, CA

#11 Oct 9, 2008
Ah, the dilemma of Northwestern football. This article lays out some pretty good reasons for why NU doesn't often fill its modest-sized stadium. However, I was a student from 95-99 and I remember some sell out games once NU finally broke from its long-standing tradition of losing. There have been some very exciting games since the 95 breakthrough, but NU has not been consistent, and at times is an outright let down. How about the MSU game 2 years ago that ended up being the biggest comeback for MSU in NCAA 1-A history? Rewind a couple years before that though, and NU finally beat OSU for the first time in 30 years or so, and did it in awesome fashion in overtime and at night. You never know what to expect with NU. With Pat Fitzgerald being so young though, if he stays around for a long time and is able to build a legacy of a team that is at least consistently competitive (getting to a bowl every year), then the fan base should grow. I'm optimistic!

I'm going to the game this Saturday. I think a lot of people will decide to turn out at the last minute... the weather is supposed to be awesome. I think there will be quite a bit more than 30,000 people, despite the prediction.

GO CATS!
Jake

Springfield, IL

#12 Oct 9, 2008
95% of NU undergrads (and about 99.9% of grad students) have no idea who Darnell Autry is and he was the best player on the best NU team ever. It's pretty sad here.

NU undergrads don't understand what college football is about and they never will.
illinialum

Skokie, IL

#13 Oct 10, 2008
cscs7 wrote:
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For not having a "real" FB program, NU has won more B10 titles since 1995 than every other B10 school other than dOSU and UM
And still you have attendance problems? In a metro area of nearly 10 millions people?
cscs7 wrote:
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\plus I seem to recall the 'Cats beating the Illini 4 years in a ROW from 2003-2006.
That's not saying much.
Derrick

United States

#14 Oct 10, 2008
NW needs an imaginative marketing program. There is NO visibility of NW football or basketball in downtown Chicago, in spite of there being a graduate campus here. NO easily available information of how to get to the stadium from downtown. NO students or public walking around in NW athletic gear; I have a NW jacket and never see anyone else in purple and white. NO ticket center downtown, though there's plenty of space on the downtown campus for a highly visible ticket center and merchandise promotion store; NO NW University promotional kiosk at NW Memorial Hospital, which draws thousands of visitors daily; NO pre-season alumni/public rally downtown. Perennial third-place coverage in the Tribune and that other "news" paper after ND and Illinois. NO Friday pre-home game parades of decorated cards down Michigan Avenue with players, cheerleaders, etc.; NO ONE passing out NW football literature to the thousands on Mich Avenue with special ticket offers, like two for one in the end zone maybe? NO family ticket plans that are visible or at least exist with maybe $25 and free hot dogs for a family of four so that parents can take the kids somewhere affordable? Chicago is home to many from other parts of the nation and world who would like to adopt a local team to root for. There's lots more NW can do but just waiting for the public to come to them is dream city.
Bill

Schaumburg, IL

#15 Oct 10, 2008
It's easy to get tickets and if you avoid the OSU/Michigan/MSU/Iowa games the blowhard fan factor is not off the charts.
Cyclone

Orland Park, IL

#17 Oct 10, 2008
For a couple seasons now, Illinois has sold end-zone season tickets for $77 a seat. They've sold like crazy. They've also offered lower-price season tickets to recent graduates. Couple that with an improved team, and you've got sold-out home games.

Have you ever been to an NU-Wisconsin or NU-Ohio State game? It's practically a home game for the visiting team, because it's easier to get tickets at Northwestern than it is at Camp Randall or the 'Shoe.

You've got to sell more season tickets and fill the place up with your own fans. Better that you sell them cheap than not at all.
College FB Fan

Frankfort, IL

#18 Oct 10, 2008
I've only been to one Northwestern football game, and for our group the big frustration coming from the city was the lack of a place to "pre-game". No tailgating that we could see, and walking from the L to the stadium, we didn't see a single bar to stop in for a few barley pops before hand. I must admit that we attended the game in 1999, so I don't know if there are better options.
Ben

Gardner, IL

#19 Oct 10, 2008
illinialum wrote:
* I'm not sure *why* its in the Big Ten
Oh Please the Illini is so over rated. Lets see how their fan base is with all the out of state/out of country students. There will be no one at their games either since it has hit record lows of accepting in state students. I would rather go to Wisconsin or Michigan to see a game and team.
I have been going to NU games for years and maybe not as exciting as other big ten teams they are still fun and have a family atmosphere.
Jenna

Evanston, IL

#20 Oct 10, 2008
Just found out this week that NU offers young alum tickets to the games for a reasonable price. Even though I still can't figure out how to buy them online. This should be more fun than being out there with the geriatric crowd and the purple plastic seat cushions.
Realist

Houghton, MI

#21 Oct 10, 2008
NU appears to be a school with a (relatively) healthy perspective regarding the charade that is BCS college football. The monster schools of the BCS treat their footballs teams as somehow fundamental to the mission of the university. I find it refreshing that NU doesn't view operating a semi-professional sports franchise as its core function.

I'll be at the game, having a good time in the nice weather, drinking some cold ones in the parking lot, and keeping it in perspective.

And I'm not even an NU alum.

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