The Wall Street Journal published an article discussing an issue that has become widespread among a host of Division-I football programs—dwindling student attendance—with Georgia standing front and center as the SEC’s top example.
…Georgia hosted North Texas on a drizzly afternoon and one tailgating troupe near Sanford Stadium kept dry underneath tents. Lounging in lawn chairs, with a makeshift bar to their right and their buffet and beer-pong tables behind them, students who said they had tickets to the game being played across the street instead were glued to two flat-screen TVs. “There are a ton of people who prefer this,” said Sam Little, a junior at Georgia. “They can actually watch the game instead of deal with the crazy atmosphere.”
Those students were far enough from the stadium to use their smartphones—which, they gripe, is virtually impossible inside. As the service is right now, many stadiums are such dead zones that “you can’t text, Instagram or tweet,” said Georgia senior Kim Baltenberger. (Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal)
First of all, can we please have a moment of silence for those who are pissed about their inability to use Twitter or Instagram at an SEC football game? I mean, my goodness, why should anyone be put through the inconvenience of being minus their social media crutch for 3-hours. How dare they put those poor students through that!
That was sarcasm, in case you didn’t know.
While I can certainly understand the want/desire to share your every emotional moment, during an up and down football contest, via a medium like Twitter or Facebook—you will often find me doing that very thing on Saturdays along with throngs of other football fans—if you have a ticket, and you’re choosing to sit in your tailgate and watch your flat-screen instead…Shame. On. You. I mean, seriously, at least give the tickets away or something. Don’t just waste them—jeez.
That said, I must admit, watching games, in high-definition, on my flat-screen, from the comfort of my own home, can be a more appealing option than fighting through traffic, dealing with rude (and often drunk) fans, and braving whatever elements are liable to come my way.
But, what say you about those who rather sit on their tickets than sit in the stadium? Are they wrong or no?