Dear Creighton Fans–Rabid or Casual,
The Jays open the regular season this Sunday a 2:05 at the Qwest Center against New Mexico. This past Sunday the Jays played their only Exhibition game to a reported crowed of over 15,000. However many on the message boards have said that there were more like 11000-13000 if that. Empty seats are not a good thing and the team and coaches notice this. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski chastised the Duke fans the other night for not filling up the student section:
“We played well, but there was something a little bit missing,” Krzyzewski said. “The same thing with the crowd. We should remind all our Duke fans that we start our season on Monday and every game counts, and if you’re not going to come, let us know and we’ll sell the seats.”
Anyway, as the season starts it is our jobs as fans to fill the arena and make some noise. Since there are people who always hope that the crowd is pumped up and that there is a large crowd, here is a beginning of the season plea to fans and casual fans to make the Qwest Center one of the toughest places to play and to help make this a special season for the Jays basketball team:
- First of all to all season ticket holders–BASKETBALL SEASON HAS STARTED!! Game dates and times are known well in advance. There are upwards to almost 15,000 season tickets out there and obviously they are not all being used. Now is the time to get in the know with your friends and the places you work with to get tickets. For example, today is Monday and the Jays play New Mexico on Sunday. If you work for a business that has season tickets, take the time to find out if they will be using the tickets or if they can give them away to you the fan that will use the tickets. They should know before Sunday morning if the tickets will be used. Honestly enough fans come so there should not be an empty seat in the lower bowl.
- If you are a season ticket holder and you will not be using your tickets for the games, find someone that will. There are people all the time that would love to sit in the lower bowl or at least get a ticket to the game. Also, I think you also have the opportunity to turn your tickets into the box office or CU Athletics so they can be available for others to purchase if you can’t find someone to take your tickets.
- If you are going to the game get there early and take your seat so that you can take part in the pre-game festivities and the “tunnel walk” for the Jays. Nothing brings a team down more than seeing that the stands are not full until 5-8 minutes into the game. The start of the game should be one of the better parts and will sort of define how the team will play. Yes, Husker football fan is given a hard time from the Creighton fans, but at least they are getting in their seats early to cheer on the team and get them pumped up.
- If you are going to the game, why leave at the 4 minute mark or earlier? I mean really, is it that hard to commit a couple hours of your life to the game that leaving about 15 minutes earlier is really going to “beat” traffic. Especially if the game is under 10 points. If you are so concerned about the traffic in this metro area when really you can get from end to end in around 20 minutes, then please don’t leave the city of Omaha. You will be shocked. And why waste your time coming to the game anyway when you were also one of those that got into their seats at the 15 minute mark of the first half anyway. I can think of about a dozen places where you can go have a couple beers a lot cheaper, have conversations with the buds, and not have to pay for parking. Dustin Sitzmann and the other walk-ons work their tail off during the season that if they get into the game, it is a big deal. With only a few people there to bask in their excitement is kind of disheartening. Stay for the whole game.
- Don’t be afraid to stand up out of your seat and cheer the Jays on. One of the best times to do this is when it is a really close game with under 5 minutes to go. Oh, the atmosphere that could be created. Also, it is perfectly OK to start chants and clap your hands to cheer the team on.
These are just a few things that will help make this season special. NEW MEXICO is a BIG game just as each game is a big game. Also this game is Sunday afternoon. This is not a weeknight game and the kids won’t have to be in bed before 5PM, so no one really has excuses this week. If the fan base is there to buy the number of season tickets that are being sold, then they should be able to be used and come to the game. We hope to see you all at the Creighton home games this season
Other Rabid Creighton Fans