COLLEGE ATHLETICS

November 22nd, 2019 | by CollegeAD
COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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Welcome to college football in the 21st century, where technology, money, and convenience have changed how fans consume games. “It’s not just one thing,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told The Blade while discussing college football attendance trends. “It’s a multitude of things, which is why we have to continue thinking creatively.” Ohio Stadium will overflow Saturday as No. 2 Ohio State and No. 8 Penn State tangle, but the facts are undeniable: fans are increasingly staying home because of high ticket prices combined with expensive concessions, parking, and an overall decline in the game-day experience, once a grandiose event. The viewing experience at home has caught up with the hassle of attending in person — 60-inch high-definition televisions, cheap food and drinks, and whichever guests you want to invite. “Technology [is our biggest competition],” Smith said. “The comfort level of your home, watching games, and all the creature comforts that exist. There are more games televised. Back in the day, you only had one game to watch on TV. The social part of it has become a big competitor.” In seven of the past eight seasons, attendance has declined nationwide. The average crowd in 2018 of 41,586 was the lowest number since 1996. -Kyle Rowland, Toledo Blade, Read More

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