No argument from me on more regional “Like-minded” opponents. It will definitely help... and we have seen that with wake and coastal. Alas, we are in the SBC and such a regional Conference is still just message board banter.Rick83 wrote: ↑Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:17 amI guess it was a figment of my imagination seeing all of those people from Elon, Furman (I actually sold extra tickets once to some Paladins), Chattanooga, ETSU, and Wofford over the years. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to see how many opposing fans will show up with regional play (which will make it harder for App fans to get good seats thus helping season ticket sells theoretically) as opposed to practically nobody (like zero) from Ark. St, LaLa, UL-M, etc. Those regional SoCon schools may not pack their own stadiums but they have a few thousand hard core fans that would go to Boone to witness a chance at beating us on our own turf. When Marshall shows up in 2021 you'll see a huge amount of people wearing green. Booking more regional opponents will boost our attendance without question.AppDawg wrote: ↑Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:42 pmHere is what I have been looking at (avg attendance by season). Not a whole lot of fluctuation from regional to the sunbelt. It shows me, given outside of a couple historic rivals (western/gaso) the attendance game to game are Apps. Again, don’t think the other SoCon schools contributed much at all.... similarly with the SBC except for Coastal and hopefully one day a Saturday Gaso game.
Avg - season
24,170-2017 (27,411 before GaSo&LaLa)
My overall point is where we are today, attendance-wise is essentially where we have been. If, as you say all those socon schools brought 2-3k each game, the I’d argue we are actually doing better today (to your point most of the SBC doesn't travel) after a brief blip during the transition.