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Question from Mike:
Always enjoy reading Huskie Wire. Wanted to make a comment and question about the attendance at Huskie Stadium this year for the mailbag. I’ve been a season ticket holder since 2004 and I truly believe the in-game experience at Huskie Stadium is pretty poor. Not sure how long you’ve been following NIU, but it just seems like they’ve piped down the music quite a bit and there is never anything on the scoreboard (i.e. highlight videos, great moments in NIU football etc.) to get the crowd excited. I know it’s professional sports but if you go to a Blackhawks or Bulls game you have the great video montage played to epic instrumental music like “Gladiator” and “Remember the Titans.” NIU seems to have some odd rap or old rock music. What are your overall thoughts on the in-game experience at Huskie Stadium. I’m just surprised how poor it is for such a quality team.
Thanks for your question Mike. I think the in-game experience at Huskie Stadium is fine, and it seems to be better than the atmosphere at the Mid-American Conference stadiums I've been to. Obviously, I'm in the press box and not in the stands, so it's tougher to tell for me. I don't think you can compare the atmosphere at a MAC school to a professional team which has 10 times the resources.
NIU always has something going on during breaks, and it's skipping my mind at the moment, but I'm pretty sure there's a highlight video at the start of the game. Plus, what's wrong with old rock music?
Overall I don't think there's anything wrong with the Huskie Stadium experience. It's certainly not the reason the attendance isn't what hardcore fans want.