Last edited by davyd83; 11-21-2016 at 08:59 PM.
Does NMU's recent slide have anything to do with them practicing and playing on the bigger Olympic ice sheet at The Berry Events Center???? A standard hockey rink in North America is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide, with goal lines 11 feet from the end boards while Olympic size hockey rinks are 210 feet long and 98 feet wide, with goal lines 13 feet from the end boards. The extra room on an Olympic size rink can sometimes lead a team to play a more passive "positional" defense, angling attackers away from the goal rather than pursuing the puck carrier and it also entails a different offensive strategy with all that extra room.... Could it be a factor that maybe NMU's players have had a hard time adjusting to the bigger rink size???? Just a thought....
Last edited by davyd83; 11-21-2016 at 10:05 PM.
Those Olympic dimensions came from the internet after some research so not sure what the actual ice size of The Berry is.... I wonder how many of the 60 NCAA D1 hockey programs have Olympic sized rinks???? It's like comparing a CFL football field to a NFL field as it's a bigger sized rink.... Maybe the big rink was a home advantage for NMU last year then????
Last I was made aware, the budget hasn't moved from the 2002 numbers.
MQT has been fickle the last two decades. As pointed out, the fans b*tched about the Berry, so they adjust the leg room. No attendance change. They b*tched about lack of beer. They got it. No attendance change. They b*tched about the food. It was improved. No attendance change. They got a winning start to last season. No attendance change. They got a new video board. No attendance change.
This is the same town that is on their *third* junior team in five years. And helped kill the Electricians at the same time.
And they *still* whine about not having the Palestra.
One thing I learned, perception is key. If people perceive that its going to sell out... they show up. We would tailor our promotions to that key... urging people not to wait to get their tickets, etc. We also did a **** good job on the production side of things making sure people got a good show.
I think NMU has the talent. Walt is a great coach. I think the Berry is offering a lot of great stuff now... food, beer and JUMBO TRONS!
What is left? The promotion. If they know its not going to sell out, start giving tickets away to elementary schools. Their parents will buy tickets... they will buy food. Start giving tickets away to senior centers. Go to some of the outlying communities and offer a bus back and forth. I bet enough people in Escanaba would fill a bus a few times a year to come up to Marquette, booze up and watch some hockey, and have a safe trip back home. I dont know. These are just the first things that come to mind. However, I am convinced that if more people start showing up, the Cats will react to that.
Hockey rink size clarifications:
International hockey rinks are 200' x 100' with 13' behind the goal to the boards whereas North American hockey rinks are 200' x 85' with 11' behind the goal to the boards.... The neutral zone on International rinks is 58' long and it it's 50' long on North American rinks.... Thanks to Davyd83 for the heads up on this issue!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our Papadosio show (after surveying campus) tanked a little too as we didn't get the ticket sales we expected. Students begged for a "jam band" genre and still didn't show. We had to consider moving it from Vandament to the Great Lakes Rooms but stuck with Vandament and walk-up sales were a little better. We thought we had a good date picked on a Thursday night where most would be done with classes for the week.
This past semester we had to go smaller and decided on a Second City comedy show (generally popular to campus in the past) and those two shows sold out on Family Weekend.
We have some solid ideas for this coming spring and are confident the name will bring a crowd.
I think the Athletic Department is headed in the right direction with promotion. I've seen several things this year I haven't seen in the past such as trying to push ticket deals and market student-athletes as "celebrities" on posters and such. It's just difficult to get the community out to events.
I wonder what toll an area high school playoff game, high school basketball game, the UP 200 or some other show/event has on NMU hockey when they're scheduled at the exact same time.
I always found it interesting that whenever State or Michigan came to town, half the "home" crowd would show up wearing Michigan or MSU gear.
In reality, if Alabama Huntsville dressed like Sparty or Minnesota State showed up in Maize & Blue, most of the crowd wouldn't know the difference were it not for the coach behind the bench. It's that **** big time logo on the sweater that's the draw, not the quality of the team.
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