A Call to Bobcats: Stop Taking Your Free Tickets for Granted

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by Kalie Souknary
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As many are aware, this weekend, Texas State Football takes on the 10th nationally ranked Florida State Seminoles. This is one of the biggest meets in Texas State history and we are honored to face the Seminoles on such a big stage. If you’ve been keeping up with the updates at all, you would know that our team has been preparing for months on end for this game. The lack of anticipation and excitement at this school for this particular game has really brought up this thought in my mind: Why is no one excited and why do people still continue to be non-existent at the games after the past two winning seasons?

Just to show you that you are underestimating the Bobcats, let’s take a quick look at the 2014 season. The Bobcats went 7-5 in the overall season and 5-3 in the Sun Belt conference. If not for their loss against University of Lousiana Lafayette of 34-10, they would’ve had a 5-game win streak. The Bobcats’ losses were not all great ones, three of them were just close calls that could’ve been ties if not wins with one more touchdown. These close calls ranged from a loss of 20-24 (a 4 point loss), 35-42 (7 points), and 28-25 (3 points). Imagine the difference these three games would’ve made.

Unlike a lot of schools, Texas State offers free access to the games with a student ID. Do you know how lucky we are to get that? Student tickets for the season at Texas A&M range from $150 to almost $300 and season tickets at Oregon cost almost $370. If you choose not to get season tickets at these schools, individuals can cost anywhere from $25 to $196 depending on the significance and popularity of the game. No matter how small you may think our program is, it is a privilege to get in just by showing your ID.

If you want to know what the worst part is, it’s the fact that people don’t understand that ESPN doesn’t air us as often as other schools even though our team is well deserving because of the lack of students at the games!! And you still wonder why we never get a bowl bid?

Darrell K Royal stadium has a capacity of 100,000 people, but have capped it out at 101,851. Kyle Field’s record setting attendance is at 110,631 people. Other than our record setting attendance against Texas Tech in 2012 with 33,006 students and sold out game against Navy, our attendance is utterly embarrassing. Our average attendance is only 19,480 people- just under the preferred 20,000 to 21,000 people it takes to get a bowl invite.  The worst attendance in 2014 was approximately 8,604 people. Really? REALLY? It is so embarrassing to know that a Texas college football program can’t get more people in it than a high school playoff game. We have more people in a parking lot for tailgating than people cheering on our team in the stadium. Despite that this could have a lot to do with the fact that we don’t sell alcohol at our football games, it disgusts me to see people get so drunk at the tailgate that they can’t even make it to the game- especially the ones that proudly rejoice in themselves saying things like, “Dude, I’m not gonna make it. I got so wasted, I can’t stand up for another four hours.” Well that’s quite ironic seeing as how you’ve been in the parking lot, baking under the sun, drinking since nine in the morning.

I always hear people say that they want our fan base to look more like Texas A&M’s. How will we ever get there if we don’t attend the games? Stop taking your free tickets for granted. Texas State could easily take that privilege away. Our stadium can hold well over the total amount of people we have attending the school. Let me remind you that Texas State used to have a track around their field. That’s right, it was a high school football stadium. And now we have an amazing college field that is almost completely closed in and how do we leave it? Empty. Come on, Bobcats. We are better than this. Our team deserves our attention. If your excuse before was, “I would go to the games if our team didn’t suck so much,” the expiration date for that one has been long gone and it’s time for you to get excited.

It’s game week. Plan accordingly. Eat ’em up Cats!

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