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The result was not what we wanted but the attendance was even worse.


There was nice weather, team coming off back to back wins, homecoming, and playing a team that has 30 win the last three years.


I see thousands of students walk past the tailgate in copper and head back to the dorms before the game. The school has let the students create a tailgate culture with zero desire to go into the game.

Who are the organizational leaders that get paid to oversee students let this happen and hurt the school?

There needs hard conversations with leaders on campus. People and organizations need to be called out.

Students who I have asked walking past said closing down the tailgate an hour before kick leaves too much time and many students chose to just leave.

What school closes tailgating down a full hour before kick?


Also, the home side is basically weekend at Bernies when it come to fans.

Fans here give this team zero juice.
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It's been awhile for me, but one thing I know is we have a heck of a tailgate culture. It's a gift and a curse. The gift being it's fun, the curse being its draining. Unfortunately, you probably have to make it more of an event than a football game. Maybe have a fraternity/sorority competition before the game like who can make the most field goals or something silly like that.
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The crowd was extremely disappointing last night coming off back to back wins and especially the USF game. I honestly donít know what FAU can do moving forward. But if you arenít a diehard fan I doubt you are having much fun at these games. I donít know what FAU can do to create a better atmosphere but it is definitely not great.

Even when we have big crowds there isnít any home field advantage. The UCF game last year still sticks with me as there was no juice in the building even with the student section being filled.

The one thing I will say the games played at home this year have been really rough outside of Monmouth. The Ohio game probably was the most boring football game I have attended, Tulsa game monsoon in the second half, and yesterday outside the pick 6 we played a brand of football that will take any crowd out of the game.†

I know itís cliche but you have to put a fun product on the field and in the stands for these games to be attended. Last night alone you were competing with the panthers and the canes. Plus itís South Florida in general with bars, restaurants, etc. Plus if you arenít local anymore and live in Jax, Tampa, Orlando, etc what about that experience will make you want to drive down for the day or spend money on a hotel to watch that. I donít want to to place the blame on FAU cause I know the guys working are putting their heart and soul on growing the athletic program. But there has to be some looking at yourself in the mirror.

† To be honest itís been a very concerning trend the past 10 years that we havenít built a better fan base with more students having a more traditional college experience. Which many of those are now on the other side of 30 with good jobs and income.†

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DeltAlumnus said

The crowd was extremely disappointing last night coming off back to back wins and especially the USF game. I honestly donít know what FAU can do moving forward. But if you arenít a diehard fan I doubt you are having much fun at these games. I donít know what FAU can do to create a better atmosphere but it is definitely not great.

Even when we have big crowds there isnít any home field advantage. The UCF game last year still sticks with me as there was no juice in the building even with the student section being filled.

The one thing I will say the games played at home this year have been really rough outside of Monmouth. The Ohio game probably was the most boring football game I have attended, Tulsa game monsoon in the second half, and yesterday outside the pick 6 we played a brand of football that will take any crowd out of the game.†

I know itís cliche but you have to put a fun product on the field and in the stands for these games to be attended. Last night alone you were competing with the panthers and the canes. Plus itís South Florida in general with bars, restaurants, etc.

To be honest itís been a very concerning trend the past 10 years that we havenít built a better fan base with more students having a more traditional college experience. Which many of those are now on the other side of 30 with good jobs and income.†


Posted On: Oct 22nd 2023, 12:22 PM #417115

To me the school can top some simple things to make it a better experience.

Again, why are we ending tailgates an hour early? Leaving room for students to head home.

There was nothing this week on any of the socials explaining how good of a team UTSA is and what we were up against.

FAU needs to sell UTSA like Bama was rolling into town.

Coach Herman had a great quote regarding attendance this week and it did not appear anywhere outside of the Nest. Could have been used as a rallying cry.

It is time to call out the students and their leaders for the poor performance. No one wants to hear how they are not good.

Can not fix a problem if you do not even acknowledge it.

Saban publicly called out Bama students a couple years ago for leaving early. The problem changed quickly.

More security outside of the stadium with gates. I saw 3….. 3 metal dictators outside gate 1a yesterday.

Why not have some Prowlers on the home side to be "Yell" type leaders. Harass the fans on the 100 level to make some noise. Our scoreboard just is not that loud.

Fans who care and sites like the Nest can call it out on socials.


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What other event(s) were at play last night at the same time from a Greek life standpoint, does anyone know?

They showed up for Tulsa, but there was the Monsoon obviously. What drove the low ticket request for yesterday's game?

Has to be something…
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Has anyone been able to ask the right people in administration why the student tailgate is shut down an hour before the game starts.

The students have a legitimate excuse as why so many students leave after tailgating.

Is the thought from administration to get the students into the stadium early and on time?

Can we get an answer?
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Rick said

What other event(s) were at play last night at the same time from a Greek life standpoint, does anyone know?

They showed up for Tulsa, but there was the Monsoon obviously. What drove the low ticket request for yesterday's game?

Has to be something…
Posted On: Oct 22nd 2023, 9:42 PM #417119

There was nothing this weekend.

Tulsa was parents weekend so some more students might have attended because of the parents being there.

But the amount of students walking back to the dorms from the tailgates is in the thousands and fans, alum and sites like the nest need to start making a fuss about it. It is embarrassing.


The schools seems scared to call it out or make a change.
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We need to establish a simple chant that will engage both student and home sections. Hereís an easy and simple example of a chant that can be established when the team scores a touchdown.

Left Sections (student & home together): Shouts ďFĒ
Middle Sections (student & home together): Shouts ďAĒ
Right Sections (student & home together): Shouts ďUĒ
All Sections (student & home together): ďGo Owls GoĒ

An extended version

All Sections (student & home together): ďHit Em Hard Hit Em LowĒ
All Sections (student & home together): ďGo Owls GoĒ

Obviously, you will the jumbotron to help facilitate the engagement until it becomes the norm.
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Owls2013 said

Rick said

What other event(s) were at play last night at the same time from a Greek life standpoint, does anyone know?

They showed up for Tulsa, but there was the Monsoon obviously. What drove the low ticket request for yesterday's game?

Has to be something…
Posted On: Oct 22nd 2023, 9:42 PM #417119

There was nothing this weekend.

Tulsa was parents weekend so some more students might have attended because of the parents being there.

But the amount of students walking back to the dorms from the tailgates is in the thousands and fans, alum and sites like the nest need to start making a fuss about it. It is embarrassing.


The schools seems scared to call it out or make a change.

Posted On: Oct 23rd 2023, 8:44 AM #417126



Iíve been by the student tailgates. Letís just say they are drinking A-LOT of alcohol to the point where they canít even stand or walk without needing assistance. Obviously, this has cascading consequences because the ones who are so drunk need their friends help to get them back to the dorm. Once this exodus happens, I doubt those students come back to watch the game. So, maybe need to cutback on the alcohol consumption but not sure how to patrol this.
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Seeing hundreds and maybe thousand of students walking away from the stadium to their dorms is not a new thing.
I have seeing this even last year. You also see literally over 1,000 fans walking downstairs by the concessions all the time. Hopefully the administration has seen this.
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