I agree Cap'n Cat. The stadium could jump start a number of things, the football team being but one of them...:sycamores:
Good night Irene, have you hit the nail on the head. We've been hashing and re-hashing this point on the other ISU forum for several years now. The current athletic department, while light years ahead of the previous administration, is woeful at promoting events. If they could really get into the students' daily lives and create some awareness, if not some buzz, things would improve. I don't look for that to happen any time soon. It's easier to figure that people will just show up if you have a "white out" night. (That's not actually promoted, by the way...):sycamores:I love the idea of building the stadium on campus but that is not THE ANSWER. Look at our basketball program. Hulman Center is on campus and it is free for students to attend, but we're lucky if a couple hundred show up...and this is a basketball state. When I attended ISU I was baffled by the lack of promotion for athletics. It's been awhile since I was a student so I thought maybe things had changed but I was wrong. I work on campus now and there's still the same lack of promotion. The sign in front of the arena and the Indiana Statesmen are about the only places where you can find upcoming athletics events. They need to be shoving this stuff down the students throats!!!! More than anything we need students at the games...If there are students then community fans and success will follow!!!
I lived in Germany back in the 80's when they won the World Cup. Talk about a party/celebration... I've never seen anything like it.