Lost Support for Streaks

March 26th, 2009

It has been quite some time since John Carroll University has hosted an event so exciting and popular that tickets sell out in a matter of hours. For the NCAA Division III basketball tournament two weekends ago, this was exactly the case. However, logistics for ticket buying and seating were inadequate, causing the event to be a disappointment for hundreds of students. On the rare occasion that JCU gets the chance to host such an unprecedented athletic event, the Athletic Department needs to create a plan that not only benefits the greatest number of students, but also stimulates the largest amount of potential revenue. On Friday, March 13, JCU played the second game of the evening against Guilford College. A large amount of people who attended the first game, retained the second-game rights to their empty seats. This resulted in many wasted seats and just as many disappointed JCU fans. This problem could easily have been avoided if the DeCarlo Varsity Center had been cleared out after the first game. According to Director of Athletics and Recreation Laurie Massa, there wasn’t enough time to safely clear out the gym. This was indeed feasible, had the time been allotted in the early planning stages of the event; most people left after the first game anyways, proving that was possible. Also, announcements could have been made repeatedly throughout the first game for fans to clear out. This poor planning led to a waste of potential revenue. Had the Athletic Department sold tickets to both games separately, tickets to the JCU game would not have been wasted. Rather, students and fans could have easily bought those tickets, resulting in a larger profit and a fuller gym for the University. In the future, we urge the Athletic Department to seize the opportunities created by such a popular event and focus on allowing the largest number of JCU fans to support the Blue Streaks. This is especially crucial given the fact that JCU sporting events continue to be plagued by low attendance and student apathy.