Ed. Note: Just now saw this, almost a month later. Not sure how it took me so long. Great work though! FP'd. - LilBroey700
I have noticed that start times for games have been trending later than in previous years. I dont know about you but in past years, even at this point in the season, we would have played at least 2 noon games by now. I may be hypocritical seeing as I cannot partake in tailgating but I see this as a better way to up the average attendance at BDS@HGF. More after the jumpSo here is my question to my fellow Jackets fans: Do you think the later start times has more influence over other aspects of the game than we normally think about? Here is my logic and excuse if its a bit of a stretch at some parts.
- Later start times mean more relaxed atmosphere. Everyone likes to sleep in on the weekends a little some more than others and anything other than a noon game allows for a leisurely get up and set up and relaxing tailgate. It might make it a even easier for recruits or fans outside of the immediate Atlanta area more travel time to make it to the game thus making it more "fun" rather than "man, I got to leave by 0700 to get to GT by 1000 to tailgate for 2 hours, which means wake up at 0500 or 0600" Not my idea of a "fun" day
- Because of the later times it would allow for higher attendances at Bobby Dodd. Mostly due to the extra time when someone it trying to plan their weekend. Though I loath to reference them, look at UGA, I would love to see how their attendance is affected (effected?) by a noon game. Lord, help their AD if they have 3 or 4 Noon games in a row. I know they guys on this site are pretty handy with data and graphs so it would be cool to compare Avg Attendance vs. Start time when comparing similar opponents. (Only BCS v BCS and FCS v FCS)
- Last is more of a side note. I kind of like the no Thursday night games. While we dont get the single night of football all to ourselves. I dont think it really makes a dent in our overall TV appearance time. When was the last time you saw Alabama, Florida, Texas, Ohio State, etc play on Thursday. I think it was an experiment we tried and it didnt really pan out. So I am glad we are where we are.
What say you? I know its a big hit with us Alumni who can attend games. (I am in Ohio and dont think I will make it down for a game this year :-( ) But do you think it affects things like recruiting or attendance? If so how much? Should this be more of a priority for DRad in the future?