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11 minutes ago, SnowAggy said:

Agreed...and sharing a city.  I wonder if it's that simple?  Would UM athletics be more popular and perform better if they were in Mankato or St. Cloud?

No, going out after the game in a city like Minneapolis is a plus. It is here in Austin. It is that you have to train a whole fanbase to come to campus and enjoy the game and culture that is unique to your campus and fanbase. They really don't have traditions built around having a home stadium so that has to get amplified now that they do. They should copy some of what CDC is doing here to build that up. Culture is important and traditions that grow up around being a long time fan. But most important is winning, that raises everyone's spirit and gets them to want to party and enjoy the hell out of the experience. Irritation at parking or traffic really gets minimized with a win when you are blasting your fight song and yelling at the loser fans that they suck. The true joys of the college gameday experience. 

Seriously, the Gophers have a fine opportunity to seize the day with the team and Fleck bringing in the Ws. This should go a long way towards building a solid foundation to a great gameday experience. 

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No, going out after the game in a city like Minneapolis is a plus. It is here in Austin. It is that you have to train a whole fanbase to come to campus and enjoy the game and culture that is unique to your campus and fanbase. They really don't have traditions built around having a home stadium so that has to get amplified now that they do. They should copy some of what CDC is doing here to build that up. Culture is important and traditions that grow up around being a long time fan. But most important is winning, that raises everyone's spirit and gets them to want to party and enjoy the hell out of the experience. Irritation at parking or traffic really gets minimized with a win when you are blasting your fight song and yelling at the loser fans that they suck. The true joys of the college gameday experience. 

Seriously, the Gophers have a fine opportunity to seize the day with the team and Fleck bringing in the Ws. This should go a long way towards building a solid foundation to a great gameday experience. 

 

UT is a much bigger driver in Austin than U of M is in Minneapolis. They aren’t really comparable. Austin is way more college towny, in a way that’s conducive to a better game/collegiate experience.

 

Minneapolis has always been more of a city than a college town. Austin is a college town that became a city.

 

I think Minneapolis can and should compliment the U of M gameday experience, but thus far it hasn’t

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13 hours ago, TexasHooch said:

U of M fans love the Gophers, but they also love the Wild, Wolves, and Vikings. Iowa State fans need only choose between the Cyclones and the meat raffle at the American Legion.

There's a meat raffle? It's a wonder anyone attends Cyclones  games.

<You're welcome, AI_4_ISU>

Fwiw, the game sold out a couple days ago. 

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I agree that the Athletic Department needs to build a relationship with the city and work to make the games a fun event for alum and city dwellers that might want to hit a college game. The eye candy, the atmosphere, pretty campus all play into making that a draw as well as the winning. Minny being a big city is a plus, imo. There is so much fun things to do that will draw the out of towners to come to some games. Look, Austin is Austin and not many cities can compete with it's allure but some smart city people should be brainstorming ways to lure people to the games and rope in the press to talk the shit up. It is very doable, imo. I spent a lot of time in Minny for work and I always liked the bars and restaurants around the campus area.  Haven't been in years but surely it is still a fun scene. 

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10 minutes ago, WhatTheBuck said:

Fwiw, the game sold out a couple days ago. 

Yep, though they had to put in a lot of work to get there.  Not a top 3 reason for slow ticket sales, but it certainly doesn't help that this morning was the start of Deer Season.  It's a really big deal in MN and it draws a lot of people away from the city over the weekend.  Even the Vikings feel it when they have home games during opener (lots of sold but empty seats).

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I know there is a game thread but if his whole motivational mantra can lead to him getting better talent and playmakers than the other B1G West teams, there is no reason he can't be successful at Minnesota.

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That little kid was adorable. There was another shot from pregame where he was also wearing sunglasses and a headset and got to meet PJ. It was pretty damn cute. 

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I remember about five years ago, one of the local college teams fired its head coach who was doing just okay but the team was kind of stuck in a rut of mediocrity. They didn't have any tradition of success or name brand and just an average size fanbase and no real recruiting footprint or advantage there. The local columnists made several suggestions, but several indicated that you need a gimmick to kind of break our of a cycle. They were talking about something like installing the option offense, or redesigning the uniforms over and over again. People think of gimmicks like in a pejorative sense. But in a system like college football where so many guys are competing for recruits attention it can be useful to get you in the door with some guys. It gets people's attention. Anyway, Fleck has some videos where he even talks about himself as a guy that other people call a gimmick coach. 

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