U hopes hope will keep fans in seats

  • Article by: DENNIS BRACKIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 25, 2011 - 4:19 PM

The athletic budget relies heavily on the football team, which doesn't figure to be much of a draw next season.

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lloyd55423Nov. 24, 11 9:52 PM

It's interesting to hear that the Gophers football team is now in the business of selling "hope" - Gopher fans have hoped for basic competency for over 35 years! And I have it on good authority that the Gophers incoming recruits are no great shakes either. Like I always say - "it's time for another haircut, Mabel!"

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zipsofakronNov. 24, 1110:02 PM

Selling hope? How about they sell something real - like alcohol. You can kill two birds with one stone: raise money and numb the pain for us fans who have to watch this garbage.

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drphun11Nov. 24, 1110:44 PM

I agree alcohol for everyone. We had it at the dome but not here. Quite asking for extra money for seats. When will you start selling alcohol to all? Who cares what the other big ten schoool do. They have winning programs we don't. I'm a season ticket holder but I see no reason to renew. I can watch it on the Big Ten Chanell and have drink. Definition of a University is be on the cutting edge. Not at the U of M.

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swmnguyNov. 24, 1110:51 PM

The U is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. A gorgeous new stadium, and they don't sell beer? Just because Bruininks, who isn't even here any more, was a bluenose? And they way they're gouging all the revenue-sport season ticket-holders, football, hockey and basketball; they're going to have a hard time selling those season ticket packages. I know a few people who've let their hockey tickets go since they quit selling beer in the premium area of Mariucci, after jacking prices and charging extra seat fees. And with TCF, the U needs to let the City handle the traffic. It takes an hour and a half to get out of there, but they won't let the City of Minneapolis Traffic Management department show them how the traffic should work. Getting in and out of that area is ridiculously difficult, given the amount of road access there is. A bad football program make it difficult to sell tickets. But worse management decisions that stick it to the fans they still have makes it even worse.

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minnlifeNov. 24, 1111:03 PM

They should sell alcohol until halftime

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lakesbiisonNov. 24, 1111:06 PM

Schedule NDSU every year, its a fun rivalry, and great games and NDSU should go FBS in next few years after a FCS title or 2 !

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radiant1Nov. 24, 1111:39 PM

Maturi indicates the football team "hasn't gotten over the step..." What he fails to mention is the step is the size of the Grand Canyon, thanks in no small part to his failed legacy with Tim Brewster, and the fact that not one Tier One candidate would take the FB job last fall due to the fact that they would be reporting to Bucky Joel, the spineless AD. Kill got the job cuz no one else would touch it. Thanks, Joel. Don't let the door hit you on the way out next June.

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rshacklefordNov. 24, 1111:52 PM

"...Kill predicts he will need three to five years to build a competitive program." You don't have 3-5 years. You have 1 or 2 maximum and you know that. Looking forward to the contract buyout? "(on attendance) Of course, the main reason is they have a terrible program, and it's been that way for years." Then that rules out a new Vikes stadium for certain. Just expand the Goofs stadium a bit and make the Vikes play there. Two horrible teams playing at one venue doesn't make for happy fans but it sure saves a whole lot of money.

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BallFourNov. 24, 1111:57 PM

In college football states and towns, the large businesses - think Target, 3M, Medtronic - and even smaller ones clamor to buy not only suites, but expensive, prime tickets. These businesses subsidize college sports. In Minneapolis, the businesses that do that are basically giving the U of M charity. The football program hasn't been worth following since 1961 - 50 years folks, half a century. If the big businesses pulled their support, or halved it, the U of M football program would collapse.

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tmack24Nov. 24, 1111:57 PM

What the team needs is an on campus open air stadium. Then the team can compete, if they don't get it they will move to LA.

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