The end of going to games at stadiums?
Posted 04 May 2013 - 11:44 PM
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:15 AM
I could see the stadiums getting much smaller (or on the other hand, much bigger). But without a significant attending audience, it wouldn't work nearly as well.
It's an interesting question, as there are so many elements of "acting" to an athletic performance. So much of the "pressure" is provided by the fans in the stands. They are an essential ingredient. If you have ever divorced yourself at a game, and just looked at what was actually happening on the field, it's just a bunch of guys dressed up funny, bumping into each other. It's pretty ridiculous, and I have thought to myself "these guys are making millions of dollars?". The fans are projecting importance onto the events. They are actually meaningless with out the fans caring, and expressing it to the performers. '
Edited by Marauder'sMicro, 05 May 2013 - 12:20 AM.
Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:29 AM
Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:43 AM
I kind of agree, but if no one was there it would also lose the magic on television.
Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:53 AM
Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:54 AM
The bolded is the key.
That and what the "limited number" actually is. Ten-thousand? Twenty-thousand? Thirty-thousand? What did Schramm actually envision?
It's already happened to a degree that the NFL has gone to smaller stadiums and that the people in the stadiums are a smaller and more select group. Increasingly the NFL caters to their corporate partners and high-end clientele.
Could there be a day where the average NFL crowd is 40-thousand?
I doubt it but you never know. It would take a lot of things to bring the NFL to a significantly different business model.
Posted 05 May 2013 - 02:14 AM
NFL football even with all its rule changes to protect the players is still a very violent sport, people love that. The sounds you hear when they collide after a big hit or the grunts, snarls at the line of scrimmage. One of the linemen break a finger and they just tape it up and go back out there.
Baseball is boring to me, even in the stadium...like watching golf
Posted 05 May 2013 - 02:32 AM
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:11 AM
As long as ticket prices don't go the NHL-route (and with TV money to subsidize the owners, that's doubtful to happen), the exclusivity of being among the 1%-2% of a regional population that can say around the water cooler/concession truck/quilting bee/circle jerk that "I was at the game and...." will remain a draw.
Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:28 AM
Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:57 AM
Totally. As bad as the Bills have been over the past 8 or 9 years that I've had season tickets, there is a sense of pride and almost an air of exclusivity to being there.
There have been a few years over that stretch where I considered not renewing my seats, but to be honest, part of the appeal is simply being able to say, "I'm a season ticket holder."
Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:05 AM
I've heard similar scenarios about music - that the live concert experience will become a thing of the past.
I don't think it will, simply because the live concert experience and the live game experience has its own qualities which are appreciated by those who attend.
I do hope that the NFL and individual teams will find a way to make the live game experience more family-friendly, as it is now I would not like to take my young daughter.