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Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by sam tingey » November 12th, 2019, 9:25 pm

I like that he mentioned that he wants more people to the game, knew the history with Denver , mentioned Kuba's dad came out for tonight and the next couple of games. I loved the story about Sam's reaction when they brought Kuba's dad into the locker room before the game. Said it was a great reaction. Coach is awesome!
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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by ThunderAggie » November 12th, 2019, 9:27 pm

sam tingey wrote:
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I like that he mentioned that he wants more people to the game, knew the history with Denver , mentioned Kuba's dad came out for tonight and the next couple of games. I loved the story about Sam's reaction when they brought Kuba's dad into the locker room before the game. Said it was a great reaction. Coach is awesome!
What was his reaction? I did not hear the post game?



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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by sam tingey » November 12th, 2019, 9:30 pm

Coach just said that he was watching Sam for no particular reason when Kuba's dad came in and said that when Sam recognized that it was his dad and that he came all the way to see the game Sam lit up and was so happy for Kuba. It was a genuine supportive reaction for his team mate. It was telling on how tightly knit the guys on the team are. Always better to hear coach Smith tell the stories.
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Post by Dkdavis » November 12th, 2019, 9:33 pm

Where can I watch the post game?



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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by ViAggie » November 13th, 2019, 1:41 pm

He should know a lot about Denver since he coached against them in the Summit League


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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by BigBlueBlood » November 13th, 2019, 4:41 pm

I have to say, I was a bit surprised about the lack of attendance. It's a championship team which now is ranked 17th in the country, which is playing great basketball with great kids and a great/fun coach, yet people stay away. Cache Valley, with 125,000 residents as of 2017, not including students, is growing every year, but attendance just seems to be falling, unless we are playing BYU, SDSU or Nevada. Tickets are not expensive. The games are only about 2 hours long. Parking is good. Traffic is not bad. I don't get it.



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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by Aggie84025 » November 13th, 2019, 4:46 pm

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I have to say, I was a bit surprised about the lack of attendance. It's a championship team which now is ranked 17th in the country, which is playing great basketball with great kids and a great/fun coach, yet people stay away. Cache Valley, with 125,000 residents as of 2017, not including students, is growing every year, but attendance just seems to be falling, unless we are playing BYU, SDSU or Nevada. Tickets are not expensive. The games are only about 2 hours long. Parking is good. Traffic is not bad. I don't get it.
This was the first game that was lack luster in my opinion. The first 2 games I thought were well attended for November games. Quite frankly a lot of the seats were sold people just chose or could not go last night. I wish we would sell it out, but it is way better than when Duryea drove it into the ground.
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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by aggies22 » November 13th, 2019, 5:10 pm

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November 13th, 2019, 4:41 pm
I have to say, I was a bit surprised about the lack of attendance. It's a championship team which now is ranked 17th in the country, which is playing great basketball with great kids and a great/fun coach, yet people stay away. Cache Valley, with 125,000 residents as of 2017, not including students, is growing every year, but attendance just seems to be falling, unless we are playing BYU, SDSU or Nevada. Tickets are not expensive. The games are only about 2 hours long. Parking is good. Traffic is not bad. I don't get it.
I agree with you. Part of me wonders if it will just take a little time for the attendance to recover from being the program being driven into the ground by the Duryea experiment and the last few lackluster years of Stews era.



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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by BigBlueBlood » November 13th, 2019, 5:18 pm

Last year BYU averaged 14k per game, Utah 12k, Utah St. 7k and Weber St. 6.7k.



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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by Turtle » November 13th, 2019, 5:39 pm

BigBlueBlood wrote:
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Last year BYU averaged 14k per game, Utah 12k, Utah St. 7k and Weber St. 6.7k.
If that number doesn't get up to 9k or more this season, I will be disappointed. This is going to be a FUN season. The team is so entertaining, and watching on the TV just doesn't compare to the energy of being there live.



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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by BigBlueBlood » November 13th, 2019, 5:50 pm

For those of you who live in Cache Valley, does the University do much marketing for the Basketball team? Does the team get out and make appearances? Any PR keeping the team on the local front burner? I think it's great to see the University doing some limited advertising in Ogden, SLC and Provo (billboards), but my feeling is that the bread and butter is in Cache Valley, and maybe in Weber/Box Elder Counties. In reality, the vast bulk of more remote fans is going to come to a game or two, but the "locals" can make a bigger bang for the marketing dollar difference. I'm not a marketing expert, but that's my view.



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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by Aggie19 » November 13th, 2019, 5:52 pm

We'll get there. We're averaging over 7500 for small school OOC games. Once conference play starts and we have some additional success behind us, the Spectrum will be rockin'. Patience my friends, the Duryea era hurt. I think we might have a few gun shy fans and that's ok, more fun for us.
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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by Aggieiester » November 13th, 2019, 5:58 pm

The thing that I don't understand is that even in the Duryea doldrums, if the 17th ranked team were to play USU in the spectrum there would be a nice crowd regardless of the time of year.



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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by BigBlueBlood » November 13th, 2019, 6:08 pm

Interestingly, VCU went 9-9 at home last year, but sold out every game just under 8K per game. I agree, or at least hope, once our season starts up, people will start coming.



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Post by BigBlueBlood » November 13th, 2019, 6:09 pm

Sorry, 9-9 in conference.



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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by ProvoAggie » November 13th, 2019, 6:17 pm

Aggieiester wrote:The thing that I don't understand is that even in the Duryea doldrums, if the 17th ranked team were to play USU in the spectrum there would be a nice crowd regardless of the time of year.
Back then that was the only opportunity to see a quality basketball team in the Spectrum. I suspect that it's hard for some people to go to every game so they pick and choose.

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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by TheAKAggie » November 13th, 2019, 6:29 pm

BigBlueBlood wrote:Last year BYU averaged 14k per game, Utah 12k, Utah St. 7k and Weber St. 6.7k.
This is America, I don’t do metic.


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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by Smokin Joe » November 13th, 2019, 7:16 pm

Who the hell is Kuba?



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Post by bluegrouse » November 13th, 2019, 7:38 pm

Smokin Joe wrote:
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Who the hell is Kuba?
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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by mcaggie1 » November 13th, 2019, 9:15 pm

Aggie84025 wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 4:46 pm
BigBlueBlood wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 4:41 pm
I have to say, I was a bit surprised about the lack of attendance. It's a championship team which now is ranked 17th in the country, which is playing great basketball with great kids and a great/fun coach, yet people stay away. Cache Valley, with 125,000 residents as of 2017, not including students, is growing every year, but attendance just seems to be falling, unless we are playing BYU, SDSU or Nevada. Tickets are not expensive. The games are only about 2 hours long. Parking is good. Traffic is not bad. I don't get it.
This was the first game that was lack luster in my opinion. The first 2 games I thought were well attended for November games. Quite frankly a lot of the seats were sold people just chose or could not go last night. I wish we would sell it out, but it is way better than when Duryea drove it into the ground.
Most importantly....we need great crowds most of the time in order to keep the coach. I know, he will be gone soon enough, but having just average attendance for an amazing team like we have would not please Smith. Get rid of any incentives for him to leave.



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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by brownjeans » November 13th, 2019, 9:22 pm

BigBlueBlood wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Last year BYU averaged 14k per game, Utah 12k, Utah St. 7k and Weber St. 6.7k.
Tickets sold, or attendance? No way the U averages 12k in actual attendance.



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Post by slcagg » November 13th, 2019, 9:29 pm

brownjeans wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 9:22 pm
BigBlueBlood wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Last year BYU averaged 14k per game, Utah 12k, Utah St. 7k and Weber St. 6.7k.
Tickets sold, or attendance? No way the U averages 12k in actual attendance.
Every game I’ve seen of Weber outside of instate games is close to that full either.



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Post by Madmartigan » November 13th, 2019, 9:42 pm

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November 13th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Aggieiester wrote:The thing that I don't understand is that even in the Duryea doldrums, if the 17th ranked team were to play USU in the spectrum there would be a nice crowd regardless of the time of year.
Back then that was the only opportunity to see a quality basketball team in the Spectrum. I suspect that it's hard for some people to go to every game so they pick and choose.

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To fill the spectrum you need some Wasatch Front attendance and it’s really hard for Wasatch front based fans (me included) to get up in time after work and slightly harder if it’s not a team im excited about playing.
I do agree once conference rolls around it will be 8-9 k every night and I’m not concerned by the lack of early attendance. It’s going to get very full and loud here soon. I thought the Weber game was a great environment.



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Post by Aggie84025 » November 13th, 2019, 9:50 pm

I usually just buy tickets to the weekend games because it is hard to get up to the weekday games from the Salt Lake area but this year I bought season tickets and making an effort to make it to as many as the weekday games as I can just so I can watch this team, they are really special.
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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by USUstudent13 » November 13th, 2019, 10:42 pm

Turtle wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 5:39 pm
BigBlueBlood wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Last year BYU averaged 14k per game, Utah 12k, Utah St. 7k and Weber St. 6.7k.
If that number doesn't get up to 9k or more this season, I will be disappointed. This is going to be a FUN season. The team is so entertaining, and watching on the TV just doesn't compare to the energy of being there live.
LOL no one inflates their numbers more than Utah.



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Post by AgMan21 » November 14th, 2019, 10:46 am

BigBlueBlood wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Interestingly, VCU went 9-9 at home last year, but sold out every game just under 8K per game. I agree, or at least hope, once our season starts up, people will start coming.
Cache Valley Population (2017): 124,438
Richmond Metro Population (2018): 1,260,029

Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Capacity: 10,270
E.J. Wade Arena Capacity: 7,637 (expandable to 8,000)

I get what you're saying by the comparison is apples to oranges. If we had even half of Richmond Metro's population we would fill the Spectrum with ease.



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Post by ProvoAggie » November 14th, 2019, 11:05 am

For a team that relies on people from outside of Cache Valley the weeknight games are definitely somewhat problematic. Coming from Provo, I had to leave work at 3:00 for each of the last 2 games to have time to pick up one of my kids and then grab dinner before the game. Getting away that early isn't an option for everyone. I'm hopeful that once we start playing Saturday games instead of Friday night games and we get into conference play that the fans will show up in large numbers. This team deserves it.
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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by rAggie » November 14th, 2019, 12:29 pm

Sorry to be a broken record but in addition to the mid-week games being an issue, the six games in 21 days is also problematic, especially when 0.5 of those games are against attractive opponents.

My primary interest in seeing more people at the games is purely selfish...it is more fun when the place is packed. I get more value out of my tickets if there are 9,500 people there than if there are 6,500.

This all said, the new arena, which I firmly believe will happen, will solve a lot of these problems because I suspect it will have a seating capacity of 7,500 to 8,200.
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Re: Loved the post game with Coach Smith

Post by sam tingey » November 14th, 2019, 1:27 pm

Notre Dame says it is likely that their home sellout out streak in football will come to end this weekend against a ranked Navy. The last time they didn't sellout the stadium was 1973. I think things are just changing for game attendance overall. Why go when you can comfortably watch for cheaper and better quality from your couch? I go because it is still fun (disclaimer I don't make weekday basketball games) but for most, it just isn't worth it, even if it is for one of the most supported programs in the nation.

it comes down to I wish there were more fanatics of USU.



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Post by Aglicious » November 14th, 2019, 3:57 pm

rAggie wrote:
November 14th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Sorry to be a broken record but in addition to the mid-week games being an issue, the six games in 21 days is also problematic, especially when 0.5 of those games are against attractive opponents.

My primary interest in seeing more people at the games is purely selfish...it is more fun when the place is packed. I get more value out of my tickets if there are 9,500 people there than if there are 6,500.

This all said, the new arena, which I firmly believe will happen, will solve a lot of these problems because I suspect it will have a seating capacity of 7,500 to 8,200.
I agree that this is a likely addition down the road. However, the current plans show the options are to either update/expand the current Spectrum to 11,500 (costly option for something that leaves some old issues to deal with even after updates) or to build a new events center with equal capacity (more value for the $$ with everything planned and new) . Anything smaller than this for a new arena would be a huge mistake.



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Post by brownjeans » November 14th, 2019, 4:11 pm

Whatever they do in the future, I want an Acoustic Engineer consulted on the design to ensure the design maximizes ambient amplification and direction of crowd noise to the court.
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Post by Real Life Aggie » November 14th, 2019, 9:42 pm

brownjeans wrote:
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Whatever they do in the future, I want an Acoustic Engineer consulted on the design to ensure the design maximizes ambient amplification and direction of crowd noise to the court.
Sadly, I think just the opposite will occur.



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Post by brownjeans » November 14th, 2019, 9:44 pm

Real Life Aggie wrote:
November 14th, 2019, 9:42 pm
brownjeans wrote:
November 14th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Whatever they do in the future, I want an Acoustic Engineer consulted on the design to ensure the design maximizes ambient amplification and direction of crowd noise to the court.
Sadly, I think just the opposite will occur.
Then I hope someone sneaks in and hoses all the soft sound deadening materials with epoxy resin.
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