Pat Forde brings IU’s attendance into perspective

  • 02/11/2009 12:09 pm in

I’ve already said my piece on attendance at Assembly Hall this year, but since then and the addition of the $5 tickets in the balcony, attendance hasn’t been too shabby. If you make it cheaper, they will come. Sunday against the Illini, IU is going for a stripe out, having certain sections wear red, and others wear white. This is an idea I’ve heard proposed among students for a while now; I’m glad someone in the athletic department decided to actually follow through on it. Should be cool to see in action. (Correction: IU did a stripe out last year for the Michigan State game. Thanks commenter BornRed.)

According to Pat Forde (a one-time interview subject here at ITH), Assembly Hall is near sold out for the stripe out and compared to at least one team that’s been successful this year, we’re outdrawing them.

The first was the sight of Indiana (2) players and coaches engaging in a virtual group hug with the crowd of 14,247 in Assembly Hall after (finally) winning a Big Ten game last week against Iowa. The second was the news that Arizona State (3) is hoping to draw more than 11,000 fans for the first time this season when UCLA comes to Tempe on Thursday.

You read that right. The Hoosiers are 6-16, enduring what might be the worst season in school history — and easily outdrawing the 18th-ranked, 18-5 Sun Devils.

This is what’s known as the difference between a basketball school and a non-basketball school.

At Indiana, the winning percentage is .273 this season, but the gym is full to 79.8 percent capacity (average attendance is 13,933). The fans are overachieving.

At Arizona State, the winning percentage is .783, but 14,198-seat Wells Fargo Arena has been only 58.2 percent full. The fans are missing out on a good show from coach Herb Sendek, James Harden & Co.

Well, that’s sure comforting. In a year where the product on the court has been pretty brutal, our fans are still showing up in bigger numbers than a ranked program at the moment.

Small victories. I’ll take it.

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  • jg

    Pat Forde and his “Forde Minutes” article each week is always worth the read.
    Though Pat hails from Louisville, and most always has an article based around Ashley Judd and her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, he also has some solid off beat reporting that is meant to enlighten and keep the college game what it is. He respects Indiana and the basketball program we have so this is no surprise that he would shed light on the good things happening in Bloomington. Send Pat a thankyou email for the solid press and accolades he gives our program, I'm sure you will get a response back.

  • jg

    Pat Forde and his “Forde Minutes” article each week is always worth the read.
    Though Pat hails from Louisville, and most always has an article based around Ashley Judd and her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, he also has some solid off beat reporting that is meant to enlighten and keep the college game what it is. He respects Indiana and the basketball program we have so this is no surprise that he would shed light on the good things happening in Bloomington. Send Pat a thankyou email for the solid press and accolades he gives our program, I'm sure you will get a response back.

  • BornRed

    On the stripe out… We had one last year against Michigan State. It looked cool, but there was some confusion as to what color to wear. I personally got 3 different emails telling me which color to wear (2 said wear red, one said white). Hopefully it will be more organized and come together really nice this time.

  • BornRed

    On the stripe out… We had one last year against Michigan State. It looked cool, but there was some confusion as to what color to wear. I personally got 3 different emails telling me which color to wear (2 said wear red, one said white). Hopefully it will be more organized and come together really nice this time.

  • BornRed

    On the stripe out… We had one last year against Michigan State. It looked cool, but there was some confusion as to what color to wear. I personally got 3 different emails telling me which color to wear (2 said wear red, one said white). Hopefully it will be more organized and come together really nice this time.

  • Ah, whoops. Thanks for letting me know. It's been added to the post.

  • Ah, whoops. Thanks for letting me know. It's been added to the post.

  • Ah, whoops. Thanks for letting me know. It's been added to the post.

  • Ted

    I think there was talk of doing one last year and the students had everything ready to go but then the administration came in and declared white out at the last minute and it messed everything up and caused a lot of confusion. I'm pretty sure it has never been done, officially anyway.

  • Ted

    I think there was talk of doing one last year and the students had everything ready to go but then the administration came in and declared white out at the last minute and it messed everything up and caused a lot of confusion. I'm pretty sure it has never been done, officially anyway.

  • Ted

    I think there was talk of doing one last year and the students had everything ready to go but then the administration came in and declared white out at the last minute and it messed everything up and caused a lot of confusion. I'm pretty sure it has never been done, officially anyway.

  • theBOSSrules

    Who'd've ever thought we'd be looking for a positive spin on an Indiana basketball season by looking at the ratio between winning percentage and attendance capacity percentage and comparing it to someone else's subpar program.
    WE ARE THE INDIANA HOOSIERS! We DON' T have to keep doing this!

  • theBOSSrules

    Who'd've ever thought we'd be looking for a positive spin on an Indiana basketball season by looking at the ratio between winning percentage and attendance capacity percentage and comparing it to someone else's subpar program.
    WE ARE THE INDIANA HOOSIERS! We DON' T have to keep doing this!

  • theBOSSrules

    Who'd've ever thought we'd be looking for a positive spin on an Indiana basketball season by looking at the ratio between winning percentage and attendance capacity percentage and comparing it to someone else's subpar program.
    WE ARE THE INDIANA HOOSIERS! We DON' T have to keep doing this!

  • BornRed

    I believe there was a game earlier last year that was set to be an unofficial stripe out promoted by one of the student orgs on campus. The MSU game was an official stripe out, I found a picture from the IU photo store that can be seen here:

    http://www.replayphotos.com/indianaphotos/stadi

  • BornRed

    I believe there was a game earlier last year that was set to be an unofficial stripe out promoted by one of the student orgs on campus. The MSU game was an official stripe out, I found a picture from the IU photo store that can be seen here:

    http://www.replayphotos.com/indianaphotos/stadi

  • BornRed

    I believe there was a game earlier last year that was set to be an unofficial stripe out promoted by one of the student orgs on campus. The MSU game was an official stripe out, I found a picture from the IU photo store that can be seen here:

    http://www.replayphotos.com/indianaphotos/stadi

  • danielmoooore

    It's not of the greatest qualitiy, but here is a shot of last year's stripe out I snapped with my phone's camera:

    http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/5397/picture098wo6.jpg

  • danielmoooore

    It's not of the greatest qualitiy, but here is a shot of last year's stripe out I snapped with my phone's camera:

    http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/5397/picture098wo6.jpg

  • danielmoooore

    It's not of the greatest qualitiy, but here is a shot of last year's stripe out I snapped with my phone's camera:

    http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/5397/picture098wo6.jpg

  • Striped-Out

    Not to toot my own horn, but I began the campaign last season to implement the Stripe-Out. The Athletic Department was more than enthusiastic to continue it for this season hoping that it eventually turns into a significant game on the IU Basketball calendar ( as to what the Homecoming game is to college football).

    Wear your colors with pride, Win or Lose (preferably Win though)

  • Striped-Out

    Not to toot my own horn, but I began the campaign last season to implement the Stripe-Out. The Athletic Department was more than enthusiastic to continue it for this season hoping that it eventually turns into a significant game on the IU Basketball calendar ( as to what the Homecoming game is to college football).

    Wear your colors with pride, Win or Lose (preferably Win though)

  • Striped-Out

    Not to toot my own horn, but I began the campaign last season to implement the Stripe-Out. The Athletic Department was more than enthusiastic to continue it for this season hoping that it eventually turns into a significant game on the IU Basketball calendar ( as to what the Homecoming game is to college football).

    Wear your colors with pride, Win or Lose (preferably Win though)

  • PHILLIP!

    $5….isnt that how much their hot dogs cost

  • PHILLIP!

    $5….isnt that how much their hot dogs cost

  • PHILLIP!

    $5….isnt that how much their hot dogs cost

  • PHILLIP!

    $5….isnt that how much their hot dogs cost

  • Sallad

    BornRed is right, the MSU game was the official stripe out. The game beforehand they put pieces of paper on every seat in Assembly Hall with the color chart on it and the student section had a field day with paper airplanes.

    And yeah, they messed up the first two emails they sent out last year. I got my email today saying I'm supposed to be in white, so we'll see how it goes.

    But yeah, MSU game was definitely official.

  • Sallad

    BornRed is right, the MSU game was the official stripe out. The game beforehand they put pieces of paper on every seat in Assembly Hall with the color chart on it and the student section had a field day with paper airplanes.

    And yeah, they messed up the first two emails they sent out last year. I got my email today saying I'm supposed to be in white, so we'll see how it goes.

    But yeah, MSU game was definitely official.

  • Sallad

    BornRed is right, the MSU game was the official stripe out. The game beforehand they put pieces of paper on every seat in Assembly Hall with the color chart on it and the student section had a field day with paper airplanes.

    And yeah, they messed up the first two emails they sent out last year. I got my email today saying I'm supposed to be in white, so we'll see how it goes.

    But yeah, MSU game was definitely official.

  • elling2008

    It is worth noting that IU is a traditional powerhouse, and many fans dream of going to AH.

    Arizona State is not near the level that IU has, and does not have this “It's Indiana” thing to draw on.

  • elling2008

    It is worth noting that IU is a traditional powerhouse, and many fans dream of going to AH.

    Arizona State is not near the level that IU has, and does not have this “It's Indiana” thing to draw on.

  • elling2008

    It is worth noting that IU is a traditional powerhouse, and many fans dream of going to AH.

    Arizona State is not near the level that IU has, and does not have this “It's Indiana” thing to draw on.

  • MarkJacksonShimmey

    I was at the IU Hoosiers Luncheon today in downtown Indy, and Crean and Glass said the Illinois game was the first “pre-sellout” of the year. I know that’s how it should always be, but baby steps…

  • MarkJacksonShimmey

    I was at the IU Hoosiers Luncheon today in downtown Indy, and Crean and Glass said the Illinois game was the first “pre-sellout” of the year. I know that’s how it should always be, but baby steps…

  • MarkJacksonShimmey

    I was at the IU Hoosiers Luncheon today in downtown Indy, and Crean and Glass said the Illinois game was the first “pre-sellout” of the year. I know that’s how it should always be, but baby steps…

  • MarkJacksonShimmey

    I was at the IU Hoosiers Luncheon today in downtown Indy, and Crean and Glass said the Illinois game was the first “pre-sellout” of the year. I know that’s how it should always be, but baby steps…

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