Attendance at Iowa games has been (to my eyes and according to the figures) improving lately, but is still a bit sparse, especially in the student sections. Here are some suggestions for the folks at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to pull in more fans.
Better seats for the students. Some BHGP readers were talking about this in the comments the other day, and I tend to agree that the student seats are poorly positioned: watching basketball from behind the basket is no fun, and students are not even in position to effectively taunt Bo Ryan or Tom Izzo. Move the students behind the opponent’s bench and compensate the displaced fans with free liters of cola and t-shirts delivered via a rigged cheerleader t-shirt cannon.
- Speaking of which: More and higher caliber t-shirt cannons. Reaching the 10th row via simple throwing is not good enough -- the aristocrats in the first 10 rows do not need t-shirts and will only deign to use them as Christmas gifts for their stable boys. Modify a potato cannon design and you’ll be launching those t-shirts to the 50th row with ease. Encase the t-shirts in some kind of aerodynamic shell for even more distance. Get the engineering department on this.
Thoughts? Suggestions of your own? "Winning" is, of course, the best recipe for attracting fans, so let’s just put that suggestion to the side for now. Also, my experience is mainly with men's basketball, so I don't have any suggestions specific to wrestling, women's basketball, or volleyball; if you have any thoughts there, please include them, too.
* I don't really want to tear down the School of Dentistry. I love dentists. Please continue to fix my teeth.