What does that number mean to you?
To me it means 82%, a B- if you will.
Sun Devil Stadium has a current seating capacity of 71,706. The metro Phoenix area has approximately 3 million people. Hell, in the fall of 2010, ASU had a total enrollment, both undergraduate and graduate, of 70,440.
ASU football had the largest increase in average attendance last year in country and a lot of it was due to high expectations that were left unmet. Despite the additional 11,064 fans a game we are still only at 82% capacity.
Question: What came first the chicken or the egg?
Answer: Who cares, they both taste good and you can’t have one without the other.
Think of the best programs in the country and what two things do they all have in common? Great fans and winning tradition. Now granted most of those rabid fan bases were developed through years of consistent winning but even when they have down years their fans still show up to fill the stadium, cheer loud, and support their team. This environment makes it tremendously easier on the coaches to recruit because no athlete wants to play in front of half empty stadiums, or worse yet stadiums with more of the opposing teams fans than their own. If we want new head coach Todd Graham to succeed we need to collectively get behind him and cheer for him and his players. Next year is expected to be a down year because we lost a fair amount of talent, but Graham is not taking over a program that lacks talent and with his recruiting class that includes 9 JC transfers he might just surprise you. So show up, be loud, wear Maroon & Gold, and give the Devils on the field someone and something to play for.
Posted by Devil Brian