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danefan

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    A couple of gripes from the game (unrelated to signs). The volume of the music and PA system (not the announcer but the guy who does the promotions) is excessive. People young and old

    were literally plugging their ears in sec 205. Come on folks, no need to deafen the audience. Secondly, I think they need to ban umbrellas from the games. There were many people in the

    upper deck using umbrellas. It's one thing to have a small umbrella that you hold low over your head and it's something else entirely to use golf umbrellas in the stands and hold them up

    as if you're standing all alone in the middle of the 4th fairway. Two college age boys were doing exactly that a few rows in front of us and I had to (politely) ask them to put them down. The umbrellas

    completely blocked 80% of the field view. Totally oblivious to the other fans and completely lacking in courtesy. Buy a poncho.buy a rain jacket..or get wet.

    Yep, I'm also in 205 and I even yelled at the field to turn that dude down. The girls voice was too high pitched and it hurt, now this guy is just too loud. The music was also bad at some points.

    Too loud. And they played over the band at one point.

     

    More band. Less music

     

    Put a mic in front of the band. Or move them to the other side.

     

    Did I mention.....MORE BAND!

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    Had a great time last Saturday. Took the wife who went to URI, our little guy (now 15 months) and friends from RI. UA definitely dominated from the start, loved the special teams play after the first touchdown and love the new MC guy on the side line (so much better then that lady).

     

    Only negative I have is looking at the visitor side of the field. I might be in the minority that thinks this, but we are not going to see a consistent increase in attendance above 6000 till we build permanent stands, with bathrooms and concessions on the visitor side. We seem to have no problem selling out the home side 4000. The berm is also a tough ticket to sell because if the weather isn't good no one wants to stay there.

    The visitor bleacher system is not a snap together type of grandstand that was used in the first season of the stadium. It is a leg-truss support structure that has the advantage of a reduced foundation need - the system has each leg bolted to a steel reinforced concrete pier at the base. This is far superior to the original and is the most cost effective for a bleacher system of that capacity. To most, it could be considered "permanent".

     

    Permanent bleachers no doubt.

     

    Permanent bleachers and Division I football shouldn't be said together. B9 is right. But its the chicken and the egg to some extent. If we average 6,500-7,000 then we should be talking about replacing those bleachers with an actual stadium expansion. Doens't have to expand capacity but it should be integrated into the stadium. Right now it looks temporary no matter what the construction is.

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  3. The facts are that for FCS in NY and New England, only 2 schools broke 10,000 attendance for 2014..Harvard and Yale. Maybe with Benson and his team in place

    the marketing will be such that UA can start pushing the 10,000 per game mark in the future. Heck, there's 2 MAC teams that did not break 10,000 per game. Only 2

    FCS conferences average 10,000+ per gameMissouri Valley and the SWAC. With a lot of marketing and a lot of success we should creep upgotta get the students

    out to the games more consistently and they're trying to build that culture.

    And UMass averaged 15,000 in FCS. No reason we shouldn't sell out every game if we're winning.

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    She's actually supporting athletes.......

    How do you figure? She believes athletes are being exploited and doesn't understand the concept of scholarships, evidently. We aren't Alabama...we are not making millions upon millions off of our players (therefor, her quip about exploitation isn't really valid). These kids are getting a free education (most of them) thanks to that scholarship they got from UAlbany which, due to our size and stature as a sports program and how much revenue we bring in, is probably 1:1 or close to it (we pay your $40k for school and you make us $40k over the course of 4 years by playing for us and helping us win). And overworked? Please. Let's be honest, for every Peter Hooley, who's obviously VERY smart and it shows in his school work, I'm SURE we have a bunch of athletes taking 100 level courses and getting tutor help. Just like every other school with student athletes in this country.

     

    I know we have some walk-on students, but the majority of our student athletes are scholarship (at least in our main sports). And even if they are an end of the bench basketball player who paid his own way, how is that any different than me? They still get the same help if needed as any other student via tutors (and maybe even extra since they are on a team). You know which students are overworked? Adult students like me. I work a 40-50hr IT day job and am taking 15 credits this semester due to UAlbany's POS night offerings (some classes are only offered once a year - this is why I have to graduate next semester instead of this one because the last class I need to graduate wasn't offered this semester for night students). Sure I could take one class a semester for the next 10 years, but it's my choice to take that load. Just like it's their choice to be a student AND an athlete. Student athletes are not overworked, I'm sorry.

     

    At small schools like ours, they get back as much as they give to the university in terms of value. Peter Hooley might be the lone exception due to the publicity he brought us in the spring.

     

    The only time the vast majority of these kids are overworked is when they give 150% on the field.

     

    Sorry, little rant there...lol.

    I didn't say she was right. But she's not in the same camp as anti-athletic professors either.
  5. It's funny, and great, that the school is embracing the Purple Family concept. It 100% was a Bob Fordism...and I now see it in marketing, tweets, Facebook, etc. It's great, and a distinguishing factor of our school.

     

    It is really funny. In large part its Ford's legacy to teh unviersity. Football had a very focsed impact until now. We have roughly 1100 alumni. Purplefam is transcendant. i hope it contiues to spread/

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