SEC out to upgrade fan experience
The SEC wants to make sure fans can check Facebook, surf the Internet and text their friends during college football games.
According to a recent report, in-stadium football game attendance dipped at nine out of the 14 SEC schools in 2012 — even though the conference led the nation for the 15th consecutive year with an average attendance of 75,538 fans per game. The coaches and administrators at the SEC’s annual spring meetings are showing concern for the low attendance at football games, and have created the Working Group on Fan Experience as a result.
The group is tasked with figuring out how to get more butts in the seats at SEC college football games. It’s no surprise that high ticket prices, lack of parking and limited watching access for other games have kept fans watching games from the comfort of their own homes.
Among the solutions the group has come up with: add instant replay in stadiums, change the student ticket allotment and patch up the spotty cell phone and Wi-Fi service in and around the stadiums.
Fixing the cell phone and Wi-Fi service reportedly will cost around $2 million per stadium.
“Our next generation of fans is used to staying connected. They should be able to communicate in real time with somebody on the other side of the stadium,” Dave Hart, the athletics director at Tennessee, told CBSSports.com. “It’s quite an investment but we have to make it.”
So, enjoy checking in on Foursquare, Instagramming pictures of your tickets and tweeting about the game while you could be watching it live, because someone paid a lot of money to give you those freedoms.