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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKGUYII View Post
    Agreed! Better sight lines, seating and amenities may help. I just don't see the student culture changing anytime soon. That's not an SDSU issue, but rather generational and current culture. I know some students who don't attend, because of their perception over preferential treatment of athletes with scholarships and full cost of attendence subsidy.
    Every campus has those students who think athletes are given preferential treatment - so that is a wash across the country. Athletes at the D1 level are always going to get a scholarship plus more - that isn't the main issue keeping them away.

    The % of our student body that attends football and basketball games on a regular basis is embarrassingly low. We just need to figure out a way to increase that % around 10%. I'm not saying I have the solution but 10% of 12,527 (2017-18 enrollment #) is 1252. If we could AVERGAE that for student attendance at every one of our football and basketball games, call me happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTownJack View Post
    Every campus has those students who think athletes are given preferential treatment - so that is a wash across the country. Athletes at the D1 level are always going to get a scholarship plus more - that isn't the main issue keeping them away.

    The % of our student body that attends football and basketball games on a regular basis is embarrassingly low. We just need to figure out a way to increase that % around 10%. I'm not saying I have the solution but 10% of 12,527 (2017-18 enrollment #) is 1252. If we could AVERGAE that for student attendance at every one of our football and basketball games, call me happy.
    Yes this non-student Athlete attitude has been around for a long time. When you have to work to keep food on the table and then study, it is hard to fit in athletic events. Something has to give, and most of the time it is athletic events. It is a hard sell to convince them that the events are all about them. Getting 10 per cent seems a reasonable goal and they need someone to monitor and maintain that goal. I suspect some one on the staff has that responsibility and is most likely giving it 100 per cent effort with about 10 per cent successful results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by filbert View Post
    I think Frost Arena in its current configuration is a serious limiting factor. Renovation is about five years overdue.
    Maybe I'm too much of a simpleton, but I can't see where Frost Arena is a real limiting factor. Parking around it for some, maybe. The only real issue I have with Frost is the "concourse" on the south side between the reserved seating and the GA seating. I don't know why they can't leave a couple rows up top, or even one, unopened so there is some room down below for people to move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98Jackfarmer View Post
    Maybe I'm too much of a simpleton, but I can't see where Frost Arena is a real limiting factor. Parking around it for some, maybe. The only real issue I have with Frost is the "concourse" on the south side between the reserved seating and the GA seating. I don't know why they can't leave a couple rows up top, or even one, unopened so there is some room down below for people to move.
    It opened in 1973 which is 45 years ago and there are changes that need to be made as mentioned by Filbert. I keep wondering if we went first class started over with new facility we would be up to snuff for a few years. I wonder about the cost of renovations and who will pay for them. I don’t have much money but I am loaded with priority points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nidaros View Post
    It opened in 1973 which is 45 years ago and there are changes that need to be made as mentioned by Filbert. I keep wondering if we went first class started over with new facility we would be up to snuff for a few years. I wonder about the cost of renovations and who will pay for them. I donít have much money but I am loaded with priority points.
    I get that, it maybe is time for a total makeover. I just have my doubts that itís deterring more than a select few from coming. I have a feeling if it was renovated you will see the casual fan coming once or twice to check it out to quell their curiosity and thatís it. I think to see a lasting bump you need successfull teams and environment that makes games nights destination events. How thatís done, and what it entails, idk? I guess what Iím trying to say is, if your going to renovate it make it a renovation that creates a family environment for people with kids (play area, games, whatever). But have it in a way of that older people without kids can have their own experience without being bothered too. Clear as mud 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98Jackfarmer View Post
    Maybe I'm too much of a simpleton, but I can't see where Frost Arena is a real limiting factor. Parking around it for some, maybe. The only real issue I have with Frost is the "concourse" on the south side between the reserved seating and the GA seating. I don't know why they can't leave a couple rows up top, or even one, unopened so there is some room down below for people to move.
    If you are a season ticket holder or get seats in any of the actual seats or lower bleachers, Frost is just fine. The upper bleachers are terrible though. If you are a family with little kids or if you're an older person, they're a nightmare to get up and down. If you sit in the first 5 rows, the railing is in the way of most of your view. If you sit in the first 10 rows and the people in the lower bleachers stand up, they're in the way of most of your view. The corner and end bleachers can only see about 70% of the court, and that's if the students aren't standing. It's a chore just to go to the bathroom or go get concessions if you're on the South side at all. Let alone if you need to change a diaper and have to go way North into the office area to the only bathroom with a diaper changing table. I have 2 kids and I like to bring them along to the games. If I want to use their junior jacks passes, I have to sit in the upper bleachers. Those bleachers are the reason I only go to a couple home games a year. I'll guarantee you I'm not alone in thinking that. Imo, the renovation of Frost could easily result in a 50% increase in attendance, and as someone else said, was way overdue. Having a winning team has boosted attendance numbers in spite of the sad state of Frost, tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98Jackfarmer View Post
    I get that, it maybe is time for a total makeover. I just have my doubts that itís deterring more than a select few from coming. I have a feeling if it was renovated you will see the casual fan coming once or twice to check it out to quell their curiosity and thatís it. I think to see a lasting bump you need successfull teams and environment that makes games nights destination events. How thatís done, and what it entails, idk? I guess what Iím trying to say is, if your going to renovate it make it a renovation that creates a family environment for people with kids (play area, games, whatever). But have it in a way of that older people without kids can have their own experience without being bothered too. Clear as mud 
    Two things that keep me away from attending more frequently: (1) Poor visibility/sightlines and (2) scheduling (see ​hard to plan with South Dakota winters and bad weather and work and little one).
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    Quote Originally Posted by CappinHard View Post
    If you are a season ticket holder or get seats in any of the actual seats or lower bleachers, Frost is just fine. The upper bleachers are terrible though. If you are a family with little kids or if you're an older person, they're a nightmare to get up and down. If you sit in the first 5 rows, the railing is in the way of most of your view. If you sit in the first 10 rows and the people in the lower bleachers stand up, they're in the way of most of your view. The corner and end bleachers can only see about 70% of the court, and that's if the students aren't standing. It's a chore just to go to the bathroom or go get concessions if you're on the South side at all. Let alone if you need to change a diaper and have to go way North into the office area to the only bathroom with a diaper changing table. I have 2 kids and I like to bring them along to the games. If I want to use their junior jacks passes, I have to sit in the upper bleachers. Those bleachers are the reason I only go to a couple home games a year. I'll guarantee you I'm not alone in thinking that. Imo, the renovation of Frost could easily result in a 50% increase in attendance, and as someone else said, was way overdue. Having a winning team has boosted attendance numbers in spite of the sad state of Frost, tbh.
    Me and my family sit in the lower bowl. So maybe I have forgotten the days when we sat in GA. But we have the same arena we had 30 years ago that had all those problems you stated then. And we had higher attendance then, so it leads me to believe something else is the main culprit here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CappinHard View Post
    If you are a season ticket holder or get seats in any of the actual seats or lower bleachers, Frost is just fine. The upper bleachers are terrible though. If you are a family with little kids or if you're an older person, they're a nightmare to get up and down. If you sit in the first 5 rows, the railing is in the way of most of your view. If you sit in the first 10 rows and the people in the lower bleachers stand up, they're in the way of most of your view. The corner and end bleachers can only see about 70% of the court, and that's if the students aren't standing. It's a chore just to go to the bathroom or go get concessions if you're on the South side at all. Let alone if you need to change a diaper and have to go way North into the office area to the only bathroom with a diaper changing table. I have 2 kids and I like to bring them along to the games. If I want to use their junior jacks passes, I have to sit in the upper bleachers. Those bleachers are the reason I only go to a couple home games a year. I'll guarantee you I'm not alone in thinking that. Imo, the renovation of Frost could easily result in a 50% increase in attendance, and as someone else said, was way overdue. Having a winning team has boosted attendance numbers in spite of the sad state of Frost, tbh.
    50% increase. I hope your right Cappin. I'm still trying to figger out how they are going to due all that renovation in a pretty small amount of time. Seems like a tall task.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98Jackfarmer View Post
    Me and my family sit in the lower bowl. So maybe I have forgotten the days when we sat in GA. But we have the same arena we had 30 years ago that had all those problems you stated then. And we had higher attendance then, so it leads me to believe something else is the main culprit here.
    You mean when we were in the NCC and played local schools on Saturday nights? Hmm... I wonder why we had higher attendance then.

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