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    Re: Better venues for the championship game

    Wow.... these new stadiums are pretty sick... all of them seem be for mls...but man they all super nice...how bout San Jose.....18,000


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    Re: Better venues for the championship game

    Quote Originally Posted by RootinFerDukes View Post
    As far as I could tell, it was almost all JMU and YSU fans. There was a handful of NDSU yellow you saw in the stands and that was about it.

    Locals in Frisco and all of DFW seemed collectively unaware of any football game happening in their backyard for the most part. Some of the bars and restaurants right by it were aware but they were right there. Some of the Frisco hotels apparently had some signs up but I didn't stay in one.

    I would imagine casual local interest was minimal.
    thanks, that's pretty much how I assumed it was, take it to Orlando and the Bars right across the street wont know about the game, Puerto Ricans and college football are not connected in any way... haha, but the stadiums all look good on this thread for sure....
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    Re: Better venues for the championship game

    Quote Originally Posted by RootinFerDukes View Post
    As far as I could tell, it was almost all JMU and YSU fans. There was a handful of NDSU yellow you saw in the stands and that was about it.

    Locals in Frisco and all of DFW seemed collectively unaware of any football game happening in their backyard for the most part. Some of the bars and restaurants right by it were aware but they were right there. Some of the Frisco hotels apparently had some signs up but I didn't stay in one.

    I would imagine casual local interest was minimal.
    There were already three bowl games in the prior two weeks with a combined attendance of 139,174. If they hadn't seen a bowl game already, another game in Frisco (which is 48 miles from Ft. Worth and 28 from Dallas) isn't going to drive casual interest.
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    Re: Better venues for the championship game

    Quote Originally Posted by caribbeanhen View Post
    question... for those of you who have attended FCS Championships in Frisco, any idea how many "locals" come to the game? I realize not many tickets available with the Bison the past 5 years but just curious...

    any chance a Frisco area father with no real rooting interest in the game could take his son to a football game? or all sold out?
    I sat by a father son combo that was local one of the years. They said they have a lot of H.S. (I would assume divisional/state title games) there and they try to go to those as well. They said for the most part those games sell out as well. You would probably see even more local interest if tickets were more openly available although outside of this year there has been at least a decent window of the season to purchase championship tickets.

    As far as Frisco, selfishly I wouldn't mind a change of venue since I've done Frisco 4 out of 5 years. Outside of that I don't see much wrong with it though. It's a small enough community and stadium it felt like we packed that town and stadium, but it's a huge metro area that doesn't really even know the game exists yet provides easy travel in and out and really enough rooms available that that would never be an issue.

    Also, I think a lot of the complaints about the area are more of a cause of the NDSU effect. Our fans book up pretty much all the closest hotels which spreads out the opponents fans. Even this year I've heard reports of lots of empty rooms in Frisco, which I'm sure a lot of NDSU fans cancelled their rooms after many JMU/YSU folks already found other rooms farther out. IMO, a competent AD even if NDSU also made it down there could find an area somewhat close to hold some fan events and encourage their fans to stay in that area. Also for the YSU guys, don't give away 3K of YOUR tickets.

    The last year I was down there the ISUr year. We didn't even go to the NDSU pep rally because I didn't want to deal with the sea of yellow. We went down to the Plano Legacy area and it was so busy we decided to get further out so we wouldn't have to deal with the lines and crowd. We decided to go to the ISUr fan event, which was the only thing I could find for them which was just a few forum posters agreeing to meet up at a certain bar. It was like 8 dudes in red in a full bar a people that had no idea there was a game going on the next day. They had at least 4K fans down there for the game. Redbird fans were oddly stand offish though. We ended up at another bar a ways away from Frisco but close to the hotel that we booked last minute. Another fairly full bar with little to no FCS fans, outside of 6 Redbird fans. Two of them came over and we talked about the game for quite a while. The other four in their group wouldn't dare look at us. I bought them a round of shots and they stared at them for a half hour I think questioning whether I had poisoned them. Tailgating was similar. They spread themselves out and didn't seem interested in mingling much even with their other fans.

    I'm not really a fan of Orlando as the only 4 FCS schools in the state are either in the MEAC or Pioneer. So there is really no chance any of them will be in the championship and their fans don't really show much interest in FCS playoff football anyways.

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    Re: Better venues for the championship game

    Not that many local people attend in Frisco anyway... besides some bars and hotels having some welcome signs... which can be done any where.Orlando has easily double the population of locals as well as hundreds of thousands of tourist every day from all over the country and world..throw up a few signs you will feel just as welcome...I think rotating it keeps it fresh too...if a team makes it few years in a row or 2 of 4 people want a different expierance... least I do
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    Re: Better venues for the championship game

    Quote Originally Posted by Bisonoline View Post
    I have experienced the exact opposite. But that might be due to fact that the people of TX dont know who you are. Where ever we went people would ask us who we were playing that year.
    Well yeah, if we had been to and won the prior four consecutive years, they're bound to start recognizing us too.

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    Re: Better venues for the championship game

    What is the stadium in LA or Carson the Chargers are planning to use?
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    What is the stadium in LA or Carson the Chargers are planning to use?
    StubHub Center.

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    Re: Better venues for the championship game

    I don't think you should be concerned about FCS schools in the state it's hosted in, especially if they've never been to or likely ever will be in the NC game. You should worry about who's made it the past 20 years (that's still an FCS school) and what approximate region of the country they are in. That's the southeast and mid-atlantic outside of NDSU and Montana.

    Heck, it's in TX now and SHSU has been twice since it's been in Frisco and SFA was there back in the 80s. I think that's it for TX schools.

    All time appearances by state (excluding now FBS schools):
    Montana - 8
    Ohio - 7
    North Dakota - 5
    Delaware - 4
    Kentucky - 4
    South Carolina - 3
    Texas - 3
    Virginia - 3
    Illinois - 2
    Louisiana - 2
    Pennsylvania - 2
    Florida - 1
    Idaho - 1
    North Carolina - 1
    New York - 1
    Iowa - 1
    Washington - 1
    Maryland - 1
    Alabama - 1

    FCS champ participating schools by time zone region of country.
    EST - 27
    CST - 14
    MST - 9
    PST - 1

    Yep. It needs to be more eastern and central if you want to maximize attendance. Sorry west coasters.

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