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Here's the story from Evan Woodbery of the Knoxville News Sentinel:
Roughly 85,000 tickets are expected to be sold for Saturdays homecoming game against Troy, a Tennessee spokesperson said Wednesday.
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Yikes 13th out of 14 teams in average capacity. Not good.
Although its not good, I think its a bit misleading. If Neyland only held 60,000, then it would be a sell-out, but I don't think any of us would feel any better about our current relevance in the SEC.
It is misleading, but we are losing out on money that we can't have back.
30,000 to 40,000 missing people in the stands is going to be tough for Dooley to overcome. As a student, I know only a handful of people that are going to the game.
It's homecoming, so I would think there still will be a decent number of students at the game — for the homecoming competitions, if nothing else — but maybe not.
Does that include the free tickets to the military that they are distributing?
The fact is that all these 90-100k stadiums are overbuilt in the flat screen age. Empty seats all over the country.
Right-sizing seating capacity will be a trend in the next decade.
If this team was winning games, those 100k seats would be filled.
That's true for many students that are part of Greek Life. Most people I know who aren't in a fraternity of sorority are skipping this game, because homecoming doesn't hold much interest to them.
"I'm living my dream right now. I'm your football coach." -Butch Jones
I agree, but wouldn't a school rather have more seats for the occasional big game? Maybe schools just start budgeting different but I would still want the opportunity to get as many people in the stadium as I could (even if just a couple times a year) if I was an AD.
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With an average over the next three home games of 85,000 (it will go up some for SEC games), and an average of $55 a ticket [$45 Troy, $70 Mizzu, $55 KY (official TN prices with no discounts)] they will miss out on $2.8 mil, not counting concessions and other things. That's a lot of money. It drops to less than $1 mil if the Mizzu and KY games sell out, but will they?
Trample the Weak-Hurdle the Dead
It will be so quiet in there, you'll be able to hear the "blue hairs" on the East Side of the stadium talking about their bowel habits during the game.
Interesting article from Mark Wiedmer
Over the past two or three days, at least a dozen Tennesseee football fans have asked me what its going to take to get rid of Big Orange head coach Derek Dooley.
That is a good article. Thanks Wataugavol. It should be as simple as can Dooley win a championship here. If you believe no, than you know what comes next.
Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. If that was the case, wouldn't all but 3-4 coaches be rotating jobs all over the country?
Well at a place like Tennessee I think it is that simple when you haven't been relevant in 15 years. Smaller schools there are other factors but we are starving for a winner more then any other school in college football. We also have a new AD who has no attachment to Doolander, and wants to put his personal stamp on this program.
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