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Empty Chairs at Empty Arenas

6 February 2017

tUMD 2, Fhawks 0/tUMD 2, Fhawks 1
tUMD 2, Red Cows 2 (tUMD SOW)/tUMD 5, Red Cows 0

Sports-wise, an excellent weekend (Sunday excluded). It would have been nicer if tUMD men had managed to win in real time on Friday night, but strangely it did not bother me. The women had already won and the men’s PWR is pretty solid. It’s so weird, having two great, entertaining teams at the same time.

So why doesn’t anyone go to games?

Let’s start with the women. This weekend was Cram the Am. Tickets were $1, or free with a food drive donation. The Am was not crammed. It probably never will be, until things start to change. Why don’t people go to women’s games?

  1. Misogyny
  2. Internalized misogyny
  3. General stupidity
  4. Outrage over Title IX (which is really a repeat of 1, 2, or 3)
  5. Ignorance
  6. Working weekends (or working Friday afternoons, like me)
  7. Kids’ hockey tournaments
  8. Broken hip
  9. So angry Miller made more than Sandelin that they will have “Shannon Miller sucks” on their tombstone
  10. “Economic anxiety” (If you desire to go to a hockey game and cannot afford to go to a game that costs $1, I will take you to the game and buy you groceries as well.)

Ok. Well, what about the men’s games? Why aren’t people going to men’s games? From the previous list, we can rule out 1, 2, 4 (possibly), and 9. But unlike with women’s games, those empty seats are sold. And why is it always the people in the yellow (they’re not gold) seats that never show up?

  1. General stupidity
  2. Ignorance
  3. Working weekends
  4. Kids’ hockey tournaments
  5. Broken hip
  6. Economic anxiety ($25 to see Miami on a Thursday night???)
  7. ???????????????????????????????????????????????

Now, damn it Jim, I’m an engineer, not a marketer, but something is messed up here. Why don’t people want to go to games anymore?

I’m generally not a person who asks for reader interaction, because I don’t have any readers, but if you are a person who doesn’t go to home games anymore, or you know someone who fits that description, holla at ya girl and let me know. Just another free service I’ll provide to tUMD’s athletic department.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 6 February 2017 8:34 am

    heh… for me it was broken leg instead of the hip. I had Saturday tickets and prob would have caught both games.

    • 6 February 2017 10:43 am

      Ron, that’s terrible! At least you have a few weeks to rest before the next home games. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  2. Nels permalink
    6 February 2017 10:53 am

    Ok I used to go up to UND games at least once a year but have stopped for mainly two reasons. Kids hockey and it just cost to much, with increased ticket prices and then hotels and food, we just can’t afford it. It sucks, I want to go to games, I want to see my team in person.

    Those are my reason.


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