What happened to the Rutgers football program? For all the improvement and excitement that had been generated since head coach Greg Schiano stepped on campus, the program seems to be losing it’s fan interest.
Big time college football programs sell out their stadiums, much bigger ones, regardless of their teams’ record. The attendance this past Saturday at Rutgers Stadium was extremely disappointing. Attendance was nowhere near a sell out.
Now, I am not saying every single game should be sold out, although that would be nice. This past Saturday was a gorgeous afternoon. Perfect weather to enjoy an afternoon outside watching football.
Not to mention it was Homecoming Weekend.
Looking around the stadium, you could see tons and tons of empty seats. The student section did not get crowded until the second quarter.
I understand everyone loves to tailgate and hang out with their friends and family before the game, but get in the stadium by kickoff. As an athlete, the sound of the crowd does have an effect on you.
Don’t you think it would be nice to hear a packed house shaking the stadium as the players leave the locker room and head out of the tunnel and onto the field? That’s up to the fans.
Sure, the team has struggled this season. Sure, the team has been hard to watch most of the time this year. Are Rutgers fans giving up?
We can’t expect the team to fight and have pride when the fans are not showing up. True fans support their team at all times, win or lose.
How do you think it looks when a recruit sees a scarce attendance on Homecoming? Think that will help the program at all? Not a chance.
Don’t give up on this team or this program. The fans need to start showing up. Not once this season has Rutgers Stadium truly been loud.
It’s a shame!
Now, with that said, the team also needs to do it’s part and produce on the field. Winning is the ultimate solution to attendance problems. I just think the fans could try a little harder.