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Date Posted: Saturday, March 08, 08:55:44pm
Author: Andy Furman (To: fraedo)
Subject: Re: All the empty Albany seats
In reply to: Fraedo 's message, "All the empty Albany seats" on Saturday, March 08, 06:20:54pm

Quick question -- looking over the schedule this past season, please answer me this:

a. how popular were the Saturday/Sunday afternoon games?
b. would fans prefer Saturday night games?
c. why Friday night home games--doesn't that conflict with the high schools?
d. your guess, would fans like to see all games moved to the Jersey City Armory?

Andy Furman

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[> Re: All the empty Albany seats -- NickD, Saturday, March 08, 10:22:03pm [1]

I do not care when you play the games or where. It just does not matter. There is little or no interest in college basketball in this area especially for mid-major conferences. For years we played several games at the Meadowlands and the MAAC Tounament was played there and the attendance was bad hence we do not play there anymore.At least up in Albany you will get 7 or 8,000 gans when Siena plays..We did not draw well when we were consistant 20 game winners and neither do any of the local MAAAC teams or the NEC or the American East teams. Lets get a winning team before we concern ourselves about drawing crowds.We built the Yanitelli on campus and attendance fell. We decided not to charge admission and attendance fell. Back in the 1960's local college basketball was huge with NYU,Manhattan,Fordham playing huge schedules.Even SPC had a large following and we played a much better schedule. Hell we used to play Georgetown.St. John's,Jacksonville.West Texas,Providence,Duquesne,Villanova and St Joseph's to name a few.Now it is all about the super conferences aand the have nots and we are a have not that over these many years appears to be content to not even try to be competitive.

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[> [> Re: All the empty Albany seats -- maristfan, Sunday, March 09, 09:54:35am [1]

8,000 there for the afternoon, 4,000 at night. That's about 10 seasons worth of crowds at St. Peter's High.

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[> [> [> Correction -- Dummy Watcher, Sunday, March 09, 10:43:30am [1]

Tickets sold totaled 3,800 and change for the night game as many "total event" packs were included. Actual or turnstile count was under 2,700. Not a pretty scene for TV.

So what's your point? Recognize the MAAC for what it is, a low major conference with little media or fan interest. Tourney could be better staged in the various high school gyms that the teams perform in, with the final at the TUC, assuming Sienna is represented.

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