Someone recently posted a post about Doak not being very intimidating anymore. That statement is absolutely correct. Our football team played a great game against BYU and the atmosphere was no where near where it should have been. First of all, when majority of the south endzone is empty, it looks really really bad. I sit in the student section and anytime I look across the stadium and see over 10,000 empty seats in one area, I get pretty depressed. I've heard eveyone's excuses about not showing up to the game, but really, it's still very bad. I was looking at attendance numbers. The Samford game had 68,400 people and the BYU game had 68,800 people. Two years ago we played Western Carolina (73,000 fans) and Chattanooga (71,600) our first two games and then last year we played Jacksonville State our 2nd game, following a miami loss and that game had 71,400 fans. Can someone tell me how did Chattanooga, Western Carolina, and Jacksonville State each have more fans in attendance than the BYU game?? Especially since BYU had about 6,000 fans there.
I may be biased, but thank goodness for the student section this year. We sold out our student tickets for both games this year so that's 16,000 tickets added right there. I don't understand why the student section attendance is up this year but the rest of the tickets are down. I also dont understand how we had 51,000 fans for the spring game but only 17,000 more showed up for a game versus BYU.
We need to get Doak rocking. It is quiet compared to many division 1 college football stadiums out there. I was able to work on the sideline for espn last year for the Auburn-LSU game and I've never heard a stadium so loud in my life. Even at the end of the game, when LSU was winning by a good margin and half the fans were gone, the stadium still got louder than Doak does at the beginning of a game. Obviously no stadium compares to LSU, but when I was there, I just kept wishing Doak could be louder than it is now. We need to support our team and be the 12th man.
I realize winning is more important than attendance, but that extra noise inside the stadium goes a long way in jumpstarting our players and get them pumped up. Take some pride in your team, pack the stadium, and be loud and proud. Don't wait until the November home games to come out and support FSU.
BTW, two years ago the attendance for the Wake Forest game was 79,000. That would be an amazing number to hit this time. Go 'Noles!