This is what happens when you go totally corporate and ruin the game day experience.
1. Had to start tradition fund and priority points. I understand and agree with it. We are in an arms race and without the money, you don't compete in the SEC. But then they started pushing the regular fans away. Let us count the ways.
2. First noticed it when they changed the coaches show. Used to be you could show up at Superior or Walk On's and get in the same room as the coach. Hell, at Superior you could get next to Saban if you got there early enough. Last time I went to Walk On's, entire room with Miles was "reserved" for corporate. Yup, had to sit in next section no matter how early you were.
3. Same thing happened at the recruiting bash. One nice thing about the bash was it put LSU football up close with the fans. I remember at Miles's first one, we were sitting on the front row. Now, the fans are pushed way back for corporate tables.
4. Fast forward to last year. Wait a second. People tailgate on campus? Lets charge them $40 a spot and gouge them some more. Average fan that wants to drive out there early to go to game and not spend $200 on one day just for himself now has to choose, hmmm.... ticket or parking. NOt saying he can't afford it but it does lower the threshold for the "screw it" factor.
5. Then there is the game itself. Piped in music ruins the atmosphere. Can't play Neck or Tiger Rag but we can play fricking techno or rap. More traditions destroyed. Yes, the students got out of hand on those two songs but come on, where I sat I never heard the cursing. Speaking of band...
6. Morehouse doesn't get job and now the band is on a decline. That has already been discussed on TD but its one more chip on the game day experience.
7. Then there are the students. They make it difficult to get tickets, search them at the gates, and worry so much that they might actually drink. Can't have that. Guess what? Students say screw it too. Take away the traditions and guess what? They now have nothing to tie them to the game. They can listen to techno on their headphones while watching the game at home with a drink in hand if they want to.
So now you get a subpar game day experience for the fans at what used to be the premier event in college football. A Duke AD who totally does not get major college football has taken steps that repeatedly push fans away and surprise, LSU has a problem filling the stands for big games and feels more corporate. One wonders is he once worked for GM or hired some people from Blackberry to screw things up.
They've gouged the fans, pushed them away, and taken away things they enjoy and now we have CBS calling us out on national tv. Good job, Joe. Good job.
Edit: Response on page 9.
This post was edited on 10/13 at 10:24 am