I have an honest, sincere question for Seminole fans. How much would a 7th home game against a quality opponent in a high-stakes game be worth? I ask that because every conference except you-know-who is seeing declining attendance numbers in their conference championship games, to the point where there is some talk of playing the ACC CG at the home site of the team with the best record. That might be a good start...
...but in my mind, the ACC needs to go a step further. They need to let the host team keep the gate. Imagine the incentive - knowing you already have 6 home games, but if you're the highest ranked and/or team with the best record, now you'd be looking at a 7th home game vs. the best team from the other division with an automatic BCS bid on the line. Even if the conference set the ticket price at, say $50, you're probably looking at a sellout. With the seating capacity at Doak (or Lane, or Death Valley) that'd be a nice chunk for the host team. I'm thinking $3 to $4 million just for being the #1 seed.
Of course, to go with that I think you'd either have to let teams keep all of their bowl money, or at least double the current team allowances (up to 100% of the bowl money - not interested in subsidizing minor bowls here!). For an Orange Bowl trip, even if you get stuck with tickets (ridiculous, I know - VT has had to deal with it too) - if you got $3 million allowance, no problems.
To get this passed you'd probably have to let basketball teams keep their tournament winnings, too.
I wrote the whole thing up on my blog if you want to read more - LINK. But mostly, I'd like to hear from you now.
Would it be a good idea to play the ACC CG at the home of the team with the best record and let them keep the gate?
Yes (76 votes)
No, split the gate between the 2 teams (109 votes)
No, split ACC CG money 14 ways (10 votes)
195 total votes