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Have heard a few thoughts on this recently, but I’m wondering how Auburn puts themselves in a position to become a re-occurring presence in Omaha. We seem to be starting to move in the right direction with batting cages and facilities down the right field line, but I’d like to see us do more in terms of scholarship money, player and game analytics, and even increased fan facilities. 

 

Big emphasis on facilities and analytics as many elite programs are starting to move towards these big time themes

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Barring a lottery someday there's likely not going to be more done with scholly money. I also don't see waiving out of state tuiotion either for players like schools like Miss St. do. The other stuff is completely foreign to me.

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Sports like baseball there are not enough scholarships to go around. Even if we wanted to fund more baseball scholarships we couldn't unless we added an equal number if woman's scholarships in a woman's sport. Since baseball usually splits scholarships between players I do like the idea of waiving out of state tuition like Miss. State does. Where we would come up with the money for waiving out of state tuition and better facilities is a different issue.

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We need to upgrade the facilities as well. Add a few more seats and put in some boxes. Doesn’t have to be a full fledged makeover but it’s time to improve Plainsman Park. Butch deserves more tools. 

Theres supposed to be some outfield seats added in the offseason so let’s see what else we can do. 

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6 hours ago, autigeremt said:

Add a few more seats

Other than putting in some seats behind the green monster for the coolness of it, why? We rarely sell out what we have anyway.

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1 hour ago, ellitor said:

Other than putting in some seats behind the green monster for the coolness of it, why? We rarely sell out what we have anyway.

If you build it they will come!!!!

to some extent we need to follow a bit of a miss st model as Butch is building the program similarly.  Enhancing practice and player facilities with a secondary focus on the game day experience.  With the development of the culinary/hospitality program I hope to God that the AD creates a great working development program together for game day experiences.  There needs to be a long term plan that is staged out. There need to be new traditions created for fan involvement.

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I came here expecting to see something about the hurry up no batting glove check offense.

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2 hours ago, AUcivE09 said:

I came here expecting to see something about the hurry up no batting glove check offense.

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4 hours ago, ellitor said:

Other than putting in some seats behind the green monster for the coolness of it, why? We rarely sell out what we have anyway.

I said a few more. Not 10,000 😉

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5 hours ago, ellitor said:

Other than putting in some seats behind the green monster for the coolness of it, why? We rarely sell out what we have anyway.

I've wanted seats on top of the monster for a long, long time. We'd be, I think, the only team in college baseball with this feature, and we could give those seats some cool name. Heck, could move the K-Corner up there. How cool would it be to see a K go up high above the monster every time AU strikes a batter out?

It just seems like teams that are consistently elite have features like this. Miss State has the Left Field Porch, Ole Miss throws beer in the air in the outfield for every HR, LSU plays at Alex Box Stadium which is a tradition in itself, Arkansas has the tradition where fans run through the gates onto the lawn behind the wall to claim spots. Recruits love this stuff. Seats and attractions down the right field line and in right field is a good step, but even if we don't sell it out, we get fans another view of the game and a "cool and new" spot to be in. 

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23 minutes ago, Tigerbelle said:

Since the AD is a baseball guy.....maybe some of this will happen. 

If the president would get out of his way.

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5 hours ago, ellitor said:

Other than putting in some seats behind the green monster for the coolness of it, why? We rarely sell out what we have anyway.

MSU draws huge crowds to their stadium because their teams are consistently good. AU can do the same thing. Look at what happened in basketball....

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6 minutes ago, Tigerbelle said:

MSU draws huge crowds to their stadium because their teams are consistently good. AU can do the same thing. Look at what happened in basketball....

Heck look at what happened with softball. Team was fairly mediocre for a while and couldn't even fill out a section of seats at some games. Myers comes in, turns the program into a winner, and all the sudden, we've got to put up temporary bleachers down both lines. If you win it, they will come...

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4 hours ago, auburnphan said:

If you build it they will come!!!!

to some extent we need to follow a bit of a miss st model as Butch is building the program similarly.  Enhancing practice and player facilities with a secondary focus on the game day experience.  With the development of the culinary/hospitality program I hope to God that the AD creates a great working development program together for game day experiences.  There needs to be a long term plan that is staged out. There need to be new traditions created for fan involvement.

That sounds good but attendance is just disappointing much of the season.....the Auburn community has not really bought into the program from my observations….lots of parent support of course but only fair student support and not that many of the senior citizens that I would expect to see.     I'm envious of State, LSU and Arky where the fan support is rabid.   Winning helps of course but our sellouts seem limited to a few rivalry teams on Friday night.   I drove over for the AU-Florida game last year to see Mize pitch.....place was maybe half full on a beautiful day. .

 

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3 hours ago, AU64 said:

That sounds good but attendance is just disappointing much of the season.....the Auburn community has not really bought into the program from my observations….lots of parent support of course but only fair student support and not that many of the senior citizens that I would expect to see.     I'm envious of State, LSU and Arky where the fan support is rabid.   Winning helps of course but our sellouts seem limited to a few rivalry teams on Friday night.   I drove over for the AU-Florida game last year to see Mize pitch.....place was maybe half full on a beautiful day. .

 

This is what I just don’t get.  Even when I would attend games in the mid late 90’s attendance and especially student attendance was not great.  But I do feel that this challenge can be won with creativity from the Athletic Department and community.  I have lots of ideas to do this.

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As a student, that hates baseball, I still think there's potential for this sport to become a legit 3rd wheel to the football and basketball squads. There's plenty of professional baseball lovers here, so it's not like you're lacking a love for the sport. You just need to implement some gimmicks (plus consistent winning) to draw them in. IDK about any other fanbase but winning matters to Auburn students quite a bit, during that middling portion of last yr's bball season, you could actually come in close to game time and find a seat on the floor. 

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Baseball program was not good at reaching the students to attend games when I was there.  Should easily be able to coax 500-1000 students to attend an on campus event - in the middle of campus.

free food for students would have gotten me there

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1 hour ago, mustache eagle said:

Baseball program was not good at reaching the students to attend games when I was there.  Should easily be able to coax 500-1000 students to attend an on campus event - in the middle of campus.

free food for students would have gotten me there

I guess they would at least like to break even financially.     :)

Baseball has had it's ups and downs but IMO it's always been good enough for people to attend games and give it support.   Maybe the issue is that Alabama is mostly a football state and students don't grow up watching much baseball in HS.  Even in off years we have had some outstanding individual players who were fun to watch.     I think the game times are part of the problem......starting games at 6 PM screws up the day for anyone traveling more than 50 miles to see a game. 

 

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Or how bout this ... now that colleges can serve alcohol at games ... let students only buy beer at games ... 21 and up only ... cough cough

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Auburn used to have the nicest stadium in the SEC/Nation according to some.  I’d be more for facilities and some cosmetic stadium work.  Please don’t build gameday condos in right field.

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20 hours ago, AU64 said:

I guess they would at least like to break even financially.     :)

Baseball has had it's ups and downs but IMO it's always been good enough for people to attend games and give it support.   Maybe the issue is that Alabama is mostly a football state and students don't grow up watching much baseball in HS.  Even in off years we have had some outstanding individual players who were fun to watch.     I think the game times are part of the problem......starting games at 6 PM screws up the day for anyone traveling more than 50 miles to see a game. 

 

They should do free days or do 50% off. I think it’s tone deaf for them to have the same food prices as basketball and football games. (Not just for being a less interesting sport, but being a longer one)

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