Lets be honest. The combination of our awesome returning starters and football awfulness is the only reason this is an issue.
Glad I got mine though ;)
Maybe for this year only, but in general the students have shown a long history of honey badger-ism towards basketball. Welcome to the bandwagon everyone!
“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.” - Woody
I went to every game in the student ticket package when I was there, but sadly the student section rarely filled completely in.
Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours. We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!
I went to school at MSU, you had to get on a waiting list to get student tickets every year. They have an entire lower bowl for just students. They have a point system where if you show up early, you get more points to move up the list. If you miss a game, you get docked points. Kids would show up to a game early even if they couldn't go to the game, just to "clock in" or have whoever they sold their ticket to use their ID to get in and get in early to keep their point totals up high so they wouldn't miss out the following year.
OSU students have for years neglected the basketball team. I remember back in 07-08 on this very website, half the comments on a basketball post in November would be complaining that we were bringing basketball into football season. "Don't talk about basketball 'til March, it doesn't matter until then anyway." It used to make me so angry to see empty seats at OSU bball games, I guess it still kinda does.
Didn't St. John Arena sellout every night back in the 70's and 80's? When I was there from '92-'96 Randy Ayers drug the program into the mud. You couldn't give away BB tickets. The higher ups in the university need to realize the students are the more passionate/vocal group. Sell as many student tickets you can. Get the Schott rockin' and make it the loudest venue in the B1G.
"Say my name."
Problem is, the student tickets are the cheapest. If you force them out into the public and make students fight among the rest of us to buy tickets, you get more money per ticket. It's all about the benjamins, CREAM, get the money, dolla dolla bill y'all.
Unfortunately, the schott will never be the loudest venue in the B1G.
The venue itself is too big to start with. Throw in the fact some "fans" think it's cool to diss hoops until March despite the success the program has had under Matta and what you get is a fair-weather type of vibe in the Schott unless it's a big time matchup.
Frankly, some of the comments I see from supposed fans on this very site sicken me (not yours, of course). I realize we're all raised differently but if you truly are a fan of OSU, I don't understand how you dont fully support the two big exposure / revenue sports equally.
Chris, I agree with you. With that said, I have never been to a BB game. I have season tickets for FB, but just am not able to come from out of town for BB. I made this argument last year. They don't schedule many Saturday games. I can't come down during the week and making the trek on a Sunday would be a logistical nightmare for me. I would love to be able to bring my boys down to a game, but when is the question. I bet I'm not the only one who thinks this way either.
Yeah, I remember that discussion from last year and totally get where you are coming from. It's not easy for families to make it to games during the week especially the 9pm tipoff's.
Still, I think the bulk of it just comes down to a lack of interest. Too many football fans just don't give much a hoot about the basketball team unless they are having crazy success and/or are getting close to tourney time. It's a long regular season for the casual fan.
Look at 11W even. I mean, I know I'm nowhere near the same level of writer as some other folks on the site but if I write something about hoops like I did last sunday, it barely gets any conversation. Folks just don't get in the hoops mindset until near the end of the season. I will continue to be annoyed by it but it is what it is with Buckeye fans. Football first and hoops a very distant 2nd, if at all.
I don't remember if I commented on the article or not, but I LOVE seeing the hoops stuff 365! And look at you as the BBall writer for 11W. So PLEASE keep the BBall stuff coming. Even the stuff like when the superstar highschool talent played at the Schott. All of it. Please.
Keep writing about BB. That article was awesome. If people don't like hearing about the basketball team they can EAD.
I understand this, but make time, not excuses. Get down there, go to at least a few games. If the football team played on a weeknight (in fact, they have before - on a Thursday last year) people would be there filling up the stadium. I know that there are more basketball games = each is less special/important, whatever. GO to the the games people! I go anytime OSU is in town up here.
I made that night game last year. Got out of work early, drove like mad to get there, downed some refreshments and went to the game. drove all the way home and was worthless the next day for work. Weeknight games are for lesser schools who are not on TV every Saturday.
I should look at the schedule and try to get the entire clan down for a game.
Why would someone vote no? I guess Gene Smith had to log in and vote no 11 times.
Because the heavy interest in basketball this year is (Unfortunately) an anomaly. Hopefully we can change that.
My problem is the fact that the athletic dept. seems shocked that students want more tickets after the team had a 33-3 season. Add that with how the football team is doing and you are going to have a large demand for arguably one of the most talented teams in OSU basketball history. I think there is a shift from being a football school. The basketball team has had a lot of success but when it had its success the football team always seamed to be just as good if not better.
One or two good years does not a basketball school make. Once I see OSU students filling up the student sections every game, the student tickets selling out for a decade straight, and the fans in general finding ways to make it to games on weekdays that aren't in the month of March, I'll be impressed and say that OSU may be starting to become a basketball too school. It will never be a basketball first school, but I would settle for the too.
More students at the game would be a fantastic idea. They bring an energy that the rest of the well to do white people just don't bring. I get yelled at all of the time for standing up and cheering by the blue hairs that get tickets. I have season tickets and i'm tired of half of my section being empty. I still think they should open up all seats an hour before the game for $10, then maybe we can sell out games like Morehead States and Easter MeatChickens on the schedule.
i was bitchin about this back when I was at OSU. basketball games are a joke. The floor level looks like a mix of geriatrics and astetic surgeries gone wrong. Give the kids their damn tix!! They're the ones in school.
If there are more students wanting basketball tickets than what they're willing to grant, then hell yes, GIVE THEM THEIR TICKETS! The ratio of number of students at games to overall capacity of the Schott is unacceptably low. There's no reason that OSU should be turning any student away who wants basketball tickets. How badly do the "mix of geriatrics and astetic surgeries gone wrong" people REALLY want to go to these basketball games?
Class of 2010.
The Schott seats 20k and we students are allotted 1400 seats. Cameron Indoor doesn't even sit 10k yet the student section is 1600.
I thought the whole lower bowl should be student general admission tickets and then everything else. Get rid of the huge tv table on the sides and put them behind the hoop like vandy does and get it loud on the floor.