Okay here is a question . . .January 16 2006 at 10:48 PM
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|Cougar Guy (no login)|
Response to On the couch or at the Casino......
who is responsible to make sure that the building is full? Is it the City? Is it the paying customer? Is it the business itself?
For the life of me, I cannot think of ANY OTHER example where people would basically say "it's the responsibility of the customer to keep me in business". Would you say this in regards to a pet store? What about a home builder? A lawyer? A restaurant? A car dealership?
Like everyone else, I would simply love to see the building full every night, but I have a hard time looking at or talking to the people that don't go to the games (and I know lots of them) and say "You are not doing your part". I'll still talk about how great a game was, how well we are playing, etc., but ultimately the only thing I can control is whether I show up. If I do it is because I feel that it is worth my money and time. If I don't it is because I don't. People aren't going to spend money just for "the cause".
Perhaps I'm a little cynical, but I think it is going to take more than another winning season to get the fans back in strong numbers. I think the bad years have been too many to simply hope for a quick turnaround. Heck, with this year's winning team, we are averaging less people per game than last year, including a couple of dubious record low attendance games!
I think it's going to take a MAJOR off-season push by the team to rebuild the season ticket base. They are going to have to attract former season ticket holders back AS WELL AS attracting new season ticket holders. To do this they will really need to sweeten the pot in regards to the benefit of having season tickets. IMHO the first thing they have to look at is pricing. I think if they cut prices by a considerable amount, they should be able to attract enough new season ticket holders to make up for the lossed revenue as a result of decreased prices . . . in actual fact I think they would come out ahead if they marketed the tickets aggressively.
- As an aside . . . - Cougar Guy on Jan 16, 10:52 PM