High Winds Shaking this House of Cards

A curious factoid: polling of the rabid membership on the question — will you renew 2008 Rutgers football season tickets? — finds that nearly 8% of Scarlet Nation voters say no.

Ticket prices are up (about 10%), there’s an intense pressure to give extra money, and, probably the worst insult for hardcore fans, the schedule just is boring.  Constructed to virtually guarantee a “winning” season and another “bowl” appearance, the 2008 Scarlet Knights line-up includes home games against Howard (probably a 50 point underdog), Army (a 30 point underdog), TBA (our money is on TBA), and Syracuse (the Big East bottomfeeder).  Even Scarlet Nation rabid fans are fulminating about a schedule that can only be called unchallenging.

Our predictions: there will be a sharp fall-off in the season ticket waiting list (we expect it to evaporate) and, by season end, there will be many rows of empty seats (the 11-22 Army game will be lucky to draw 20,000).

Already there is a sports message board thread where a season-ticketholder is trying to unload his ducats.  The sports message boards will be full of such postings as we get nearer the season.  Watching Rutgers play Howard is akin to watching paint dry — boring, boring, boring.

Memo to those contemplating buying stadium bonds: an empty stadium won’t reward your investment. 

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3 Responses to High Winds Shaking this House of Cards

  1. johnhlister says:

    No! They’ve got it all wrong! Haven’t they been reading Mulcahy’s script? They are supposed to renew in droves…Bob promised us in January.

    If you build it they will come!

  2. Bud Fox says:

    Wow – that’s pretty good (writing the above article well before the 2008 season began…which now appears to be a harbinger of things to come).

    The look in the 4th quarter on the Rutgers fans’ faces said it all last night (for those that were still in the stadium). They had drunk the kool-aid for the past few years and were convinced that Schiano was taking this program to the next level. He said all the right things. Recruiting (relatively speaking – compared to other Big East squads) had improved. The University has a season ticket waiting list as you point out in your aritcle.

    Of course, it’s easy to support a winner and even easier for the University to be deceived into thinking that they have die-hard, loyal fans. Spend the money and they’ll come, right? Wrong. Loyalty isn’t built when a program is winning. From experience, we all know that it’s the hard times – mediocre football or worse – that separates the real fans from the lousy ones. Rutgers could be in for a very rude awakening in this regard, Their gutless non-conference scheduling doesn’t help when one already plays in a lousy BCS conference.

  3. […] and the Rutgers stadium will stand empty by the Army game.  You read it all here, as early as March 16th: “Our predictions: there will be a sharp fall-off in the season ticket waiting list (we […]

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