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    The other interesting part of the Whalen hire will be impact on attendance. For reference:

    Non-Conference for 2016-17 was 21,292 with average of 2,662 per game. Conference was 30,072, average 3,759.

    Non-Conference 2017-18 was 18,169, average of 2,5956 (one less game) and Conference at 28,787, average 3,598.


    Non-Conference so far this year is 33,417, average of 5,569. Throw out the first game and the average is still 3,758 which is as good as it was for Conference games in the last two years.


    I think that this will be interesting to watch as the season unfolds.


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    Thanks for eliminating the first game. That will really inflate numbers otherwise

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    Here is a way to seriously inflate attendance:

    No. 14/18 (AP/Coaches) Minnesota (7-0) wraps up its six-game homestand Wednesday afternoon against Incarnate Word (0-8) at noon in the team's sixth annual Field Trip Game. Approximately 6,200 children from local elementary schools are expected to be in attendance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Here is a way to seriously inflate attendance:

    No. 14/18 (AP/Coaches) Minnesota (7-0) wraps up its six-game homestand Wednesday afternoon against Incarnate Word (0-8) at noon in the team's sixth annual Field Trip Game. Approximately 6,200 children from local elementary schools are expected to be in attendance.
    I prefer to think of it as unofficial visits for 6,200 potential recruits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Here is a way to seriously inflate attendance:

    No. 14/18 (AP/Coaches) Minnesota (7-0) wraps up its six-game homestand Wednesday afternoon against Incarnate Word (0-8) at noon in the team's sixth annual Field Trip Game. Approximately 6,200 children from local elementary schools are expected to be in attendance.
    Point noted. However, it should be observed that in 2016, the elementary school game was against Belmont with 3,342 in attendance. In 2017, it was against Cal Poly. 4,126 attended (3rd highest attendance last year).

    If 6,200 kids show up, it will be the first time (excluding the sellout) that more than 6,000 showed up at the end of the 2015-16 season (Feb. 14, 2016 against Ohio State).

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    So with the game today against Incarnate Word, 7,835, attended. So Non-conference comparisons: 2016-17 @2,662 2017-18 @2,596, and this season is 5,893 and 4,438 excluding the first game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaganGopher22 View Post
    So with the game today against Incarnate Word, 7,835, attended. So Non-conference comparisons: 2016-17 @2,662 2017-18 @2,596, and this season is 5,893 and 4,438 excluding the first game.
    Adding in the Coppin State game, 3,583 announced. Average non-conference is 5,604 and 4,316 excluding sell-out. Excluding the sell-out, that is a 66% increase over last year. If the same increase holds true for B1G, we might see average crowds of nearly 6,000 per game. That could be fun!

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    Hopefully, we'd see the attendance rise up to the level of the time the Gophers made it to the Final Four. That is a huge expectation.

    Whalen has proven she can win in non-conference.

    Let's see how the Gophers handle the Big Ten schedule. That is her next test.

    She has surrounded herself with a good coaching staff and has lots of mentors that want to see her become a successful coach.
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    Attendance for Rhode Island game was 5,224 which is higher than for and B1G game the last two seasons. The non-conference game average is 4,429 (excluding Game 1), and 5,562 (including Game 1). The non-conference attendance excluding Game 1 is 70.6% higher than last year. However, it is worth noting that when attendance records are compared across the country, Game 1 will be included.

    If 70% increase translates to B1G season, the average would be 6,140. I guess we will have to get used to sitting on our coats again.

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    Bring a large garbage bag and put your coat in it and put it under your seat. Provides "much more" space for sitting in your seat. We've done that for many seasons as do many others. A Barn with more people in it for our games is a very nice problem to have!
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    We all knew that attendance would spike with Whalen's hiring, including an increase in season tickets. But yesterday's crowd was impressive, because of the large number of single-game tickets sold for a game that sits in the middle of a busy holiday season. It's looking like this may be an indicator of what's to come in the Barn this year and in years to follow (if the program can continue its winning whays). Although Coyle's primary reason for hiring Whalen was his feeling that she could turn this into an "elite" (reference P.J.) national program, the attendance benefits of that hiring are already obvious. If the barn can return to what it was in Whalen's playing days, that, coupled with success, should really help recruiting. Those years with Whalen and McCarville in the Barn are forever etched in my mind. I remember games against Penn State and Kelly Mazzanti (sp?), UCLA, and K-State. It would sure be fun if the Gophers could get into a position where they could again host a round of the NCAA tourney. Go Gophers!

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    The attendance for the B1G opener against Wisconsin was 7,918. This was much larger than the pre-B1G season attendance trend was suggesting. The increase was actually 120% larger than the average B1G game average last year.

    It was a fun crowd and many were much younger as well.


    Nice touch to have the young girls greet the team as they came on the floor. I assume many were from the various teams that were posted on the video board. I wonder if this is a one-time event.

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    One other note. Last season total attendance for all home games was 46,956. So far this season, 57,977 (yes, it includes the sellout).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaganGopher22 View Post
    Nice touch to have the young girls greet the team as they came on the floor. I assume many were from the various teams that were posted on the video board. I wonder if this is a one-time event.
    They've done the greet line several times this season; but they've been much shorter lines than tonight's. And it's a nice touch.

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    Great recruiting tool!
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