Penn State Tries to Boost Football Attendance By Making Fans Buy Tix to Crappy Games

CBS Philly reports that if you’re a Penn State football fan who wants to see the Michigan game this year, you’ll also have to buy tickets to see the Eastern Michigan game. Apparently, the stands in Happy Valley aren’t quite as full as they used to be.

Ticket prices for single games range from $70 to $140, and there’s no discount with the bundles.

Athletic Director Dave Joyner says it’s all a move to stop a steady decline in average attendance. That’s been slipping, down from almost 109,000 per game in 2007 to under 97,000 last year. Joyner says it’s an attempt to increase the fan experience, and to make things more interesting.

Which is true if the “fan experience” means “paying for a game nobody really wants to see, or else it wouldn’t be required.” And hey, in the wake of the scandals that have plagued the school the last few years, what better way to rebuild relations with your fan base?

Or it’s an attempt to maximize revenue in an era of declining revenues. That sounds less awesome but more likely, don’t you think? In any case, nobody mentions the word here that rhymes with “Shmandusky“—so it’s fair to observe the decline in attendance occurred about the same time as the Great Recession and apparently never quite rebounded. That, at least, can’t be laid at the fault of a pedophile assistant coach.

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  • Willie Green

    The snarky “Shmandusky” observation reflects poorly on your own journalistic standards, Joel.

    Give it a rest before you morph into another Anthony Weiner.

    • Joel Mathis

      I don’t even know what this means? You don’t like me doing the SH thing to names? You don’t like that I mentioned Sandusky? I can more properly respond when I know what the criticism is.

      • Willie Green

        Maybe it has something to do with you still harping about Sandusky, when it’s pretty obvious to the rest of the world that Bill O’Brien has been a phenomenal success.
        Attendance isn’t affected one iota by Sandusky or Paterno’s legacy. O’Brien has the full support of the Penn State fanbase (except for a handful of delusional alumni who are still hoping to restore a statue.)

        • Joel Mathis

          Read the whole post again, then, Willie. Let’s confront some facts:

          • Attendance is down. Significantly.

          • Given that fact, it’s reasonable to ask why—and given the facts of the Sandusky scandal, it’s reasonable to ask if THAT’S why.

          • But since the decline dates to 2007, according to Penn State, it apparently precedes the scandal. Thus my conclusion that the declining attendance “can’t be laid” at Sandusky’s feet.

          You may not like me mentioning Sandusky. Like it or not, that scandal still casts a huge shadow over Penn State—otherwise, your team would’ve gone to a bowl this year. Asking the question isn’t unreasonable. Sometimes, it’ll even mean—as it did here—determining that factors other than the scandal are at play.

          • Willie Green

            Well since you admit that the scandal has nothing to do with attendance, then why even bother mentioning it? Focus on factors that DO affect attendance and elaborate on those.
            And if you want to write about Sandusky, that’s OK too. The ongoing trials still make that a current topic worth discussing.
            But mixing the two unrelated topics is a tacky and shallow way to make whatever point that you’re trying to make.

  • Jessica A

    He had to add at least something of his own journalistic talents (of which there are apparently none) since this article is just a poorly written summary of CBS’s article: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/07/25/penn-state-tries-boosting-football-attendance-by-bundling-premier-games/

    A college newspaper wouldn’t even accept this as journalism.

  • flyinggerbil

    “Penn State Tries to Boost Football Attendance Buy Making Fans By Tix to Crappy Games”

    Buy making fans by tix… must be a pitt grad. Edit much?!?

    • Joel Mathis

      Good catch. These things occasionally happen.

    • Jessica A

      HA!!

  • Joel Mathis

    I’m not sure why folks here are mad at me. I’m not making Penn State fans pay for crappy tickets to get good ones. And I’m not the person who ended up staining the program. I’m just relaying what’s out there.