So where were all the thirsty fans?

So where were all the thirsty fans?

There are 92 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Sep 23, 2007, titled So where were all the thirsty fans?. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

For those thousands of UCF fans who didn't show up at the game Saturday, here's what you missed: You missed one of most exciting quarterback debuts since a kid named Culpepper showed up on campus and put UCF ...

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TheRunningNurse

Deland, FL

#1 Sep 23, 2007
I did not go to UCF and I am not a UCF fan. However, I find it very sad that they cannot fill even their own home stadium ! There are so many alumni here in Orlando and surrounding communities and for years they have whined and cried that they needed their own stadium. Well HERE IT IS !! WHERE ARE YOU ??

Maybe UCF should consider lowering ticket prices or allowing students to sell their tickets. This was only the 2nd home game. Fans should have still been pumped about the new stadium. I am afraid attendance will only get worse from here.

Since: Sep 07

Oviedo, FL

#2 Sep 23, 2007
It probably didn't help attendance with all the negative pubilicity from the Sentinel about "Watergate". But then again, our average attendance is running about 35% over LY. How many schools can say that?
Jau

Oviedo, FL

#3 Sep 23, 2007
TheRunningNurse wrote:
I did not go to UCF and I am not a UCF fan. However, I find it very sad that they cannot fill even their own home stadium ! There are so many alumni here in Orlando and surrounding communities and for years they have whined and cried that they needed their own stadium. Well HERE IT IS !! WHERE ARE YOU ??
Maybe UCF should consider lowering ticket prices or allowing students to sell their tickets. This was only the 2nd home game. Fans should have still been pumped about the new stadium. I am afraid attendance will only get worse from here.
Who "whined and cried"?? The only whining and crying going on over the UCF program is over this stupid water situation. If you went to the games, you'd see what a difference there is in the crowd between the citrus bowl and on campus. It's a totally different atmosphere. There may not have been 42,500 yesterday, but there was no less than 38,000. That beats most of the crowds seen at the Citrus bowl over the last 10 years.

If UCF keeps winning, fans will come.
I was there

Carrollton, TX

#4 Sep 23, 2007
While the 42,000+ attendance announcement was off, there were still probably around 38, 000 there. More than UCF ever got at the Citrus Bowl. The section that was most empty was the section alloted to Memphis. Don't let Bianchi fool you into thinking UCF fans don't support their team.
I support UCF

Carrollton, TX

#5 Sep 23, 2007
TheRunningNurse wrote:
I did not go to UCF and I am not a UCF fan. However, I find it very sad that they cannot fill even their own home stadium ! There are so many alumni here in Orlando and surrounding communities and for years they have whined and cried that they needed their own stadium. Well HERE IT IS !! WHERE ARE YOU ??
Maybe UCF should consider lowering ticket prices or allowing students to sell their tickets. This was only the 2nd home game. Fans should have still been pumped about the new stadium. I am afraid attendance will only get worse from here.
If you didn't go there and you're not a fan, then keep your comments to yourself please. You obviously just read the Slantinel's propaganda and decided you had nothing better to do than comment on something you know nothing about. Don't believe everything you're told.
A Sports Fan

Orlando, FL

#6 Sep 23, 2007
Drinking beer: Like they did at the first game, they just did not have anything they could complain about this time!
A Sports Fan

Orlando, FL

#7 Sep 23, 2007
I was there wrote:
While the 42,000+ attendance announcement was off, there were still probably around 38, 000 there. More than UCF ever got at the Citrus Bowl. The section that was most empty was the section alloted to Memphis. Don't let Bianchi fool you into thinking UCF fans don't support their team.
Bianchi,loves the Magic, for that reason,I don't listen to him on the radio or pay any attention to him at all!
BiteMe Bianchi

Carrollton, TX

#8 Sep 23, 2007
It's funny. As I watched the drubbing UCF put on Memphis in front of a still packed house yesterday, I turned to my brother and said: "UCF just killed this team, but the Slantinel will still slam them because this game isn't a complete sell out." Bianchi, there were still more fans in attendance than were ever at the Citrus bowl. UCF fans support their school, why doesn't the Sentinel?
Bianchi is right

Orlando, FL

#9 Sep 23, 2007
I was there from start to finish and I would guess there were 32000 in the seats at best. If you bought a ticket show up and watch the game. This team is pretty damn good.
Reality Check

Jupiter, FL

#10 Sep 23, 2007
You know what, Bianchi, who cares? You know and I know and everybody knows that UCF will fill this stadium when they get the program going. While it was a conference game, a weak Memphis team won't fill many stadiums. UCF has not reached the level of the Noles or Gators whose fans stream into the stadium like lemmings, drunk and screaming while the team slaughters a low level "sacrifice". UCF will get there, and sooner than you think. The plans are on the drawing board for the seat expansion.
Marsalis

San Antonio, TX

#11 Sep 23, 2007
If UCF is the 6th largest university in the country, then why can't they sellout their stadium?

Since: Sep 07

Oviedo, FL

#12 Sep 23, 2007
Marsalis wrote:
If UCF is the 6th largest university in the country, then why can't they sellout their stadium?
The same reason teams like UCLA and USC don't sell out their games...too many things to do here in Central Florida on a Saturday afternoon. I have Pop Warner football and cheerleading to take care of before I can even think of going to a UCF football agme. But next week with the 6pm start, I will be there.
Brian G

Palm Bay, FL

#13 Sep 23, 2007
Everyone that has posted so far: You are an idiot.

Mike, great article, thanks for the support, We'll get to those sellouts.

The crowd was twice (literally) what is was last time we played Memphis only two years ago.
AlumKnight

Hollywood, FL

#14 Sep 23, 2007
Sadly, I could not make it to this game. However, I did notice from watching it on TV that the section that UCF reserves for the visiting team was almost bone dry. Last week there were a lot of Texas fans in the crowd, but I wouldn't imagine anyone from Tennessee would have wanted to make the trip to see what went on yesterday. I think that after last year, a lot of fans weren't sure what to expect, and didn't necessarily plan their schedules around the home games. If they keep playing like this, I will definately block my calendar no matter what.
Coach Hater

Orlando, FL

#15 Sep 23, 2007
I was there wrote:
While the 42,000+ attendance announcement was off, there were still probably around 38, 000 there. More than UCF ever got at the Citrus Bowl. The section that was most empty was the section alloted to Memphis. Don't let Bianchi fool you into thinking UCF fans don't support their team.
While 38,000 would have been a good crowd @ the Citrus Bowl I have attended UCF games where there were 50+ thousand fans. A new stadium doesn't automatically insure you a full house. You have to play well, which we did (except for the mysterious third quarter) and you have to have interesting opponents (which Memphis is not).
Not every game is a UCF vs Texas. UCF's program is not at the point where just to experience a game in person is worth the price of a ticket. Even programs that enjoy this kind of experiencial aura will have some empty seats in the nosebleed sections if their record falls below .500
Luis

West Monroe, LA

#16 Sep 23, 2007
You got to factor Yom kippur in the equation...I know tons of Jewish season ticket holders who didn't go to the game in observance of the holiday.
JohnDB

Winter Haven, FL

#17 Sep 23, 2007
AlumKnight wrote:
Sadly, I could not make it to this game. However, I did notice from watching it on TV that the section that UCF reserves for the visiting team was almost bone dry. Last week there were a lot of Texas fans in the crowd, but I wouldn't imagine anyone from Tennessee would have wanted to make the trip to see what went on yesterday. I think that after last year, a lot of fans weren't sure what to expect, and didn't necessarily plan their schedules around the home games. If they keep playing like this, I will definately block my calendar no matter what.
Yesterday's game wasn't on TV. Were you talking about the first game?

Since: Sep 07

Oviedo, FL

#18 Sep 23, 2007
JohnDB wrote:
<quoted text> Yesterday's game wasn't on TV. Were you talking about the first game?
Yesterday's game was on TV...CSS pay premium channel
Luis

West Monroe, LA

#19 Sep 23, 2007
JohnDB wrote:
<quoted text> Yesterday's game wasn't on TV. Were you talking about the first game?
The game WAS on tv, CSS
Kong

Saint Petersburg, FL

#20 Sep 23, 2007
I was at yesterdays game. The crowd was PUMPED --- ESPECIALLY IN THE STUDENT SECTION! Had a great time, and I recommend it highly to any sports fan! We may not have filled the stadium, but it will get there.....PATIENCE, people. The buzz is building!

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