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ThePowerMan
11-28-2013, 11:53 PM
They don't want to play us. They need our attendance numbers but they hate losing. It must be frustrating losing to a "team from the SunBelt". Here is an article describing there predicament. Along with their one bowl trip and projections on stadium improvements for some of us.

From Al.com:

UAB finishes its football season Saturday on the verge of finishing with the university's smallest crowds since 1995, the Blazers' final season as a Division I-AA school.

Through four home games at Legion Field, the two-win Blazers have an average announced attendance of 11,589 fans per game, the second smallest among 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams. Eastern Michigan averages 4,051, according to the NCAA.

"I think later in the year, if you're not successful early, it's very difficult to attract crowds," UAB Athletics Director Brian Mackin said. "I think you're seeing that all over the United States. I watched the Southern Miss game the other night, and they obviously haven't done well the last two years, and their crowd was very, very low."

This is the second season since the University of Alabama Board of Trustees elected in 2011 not to support UAB's plan to build a $75 million, 30,000-seat on-campus stadium. At the time, the board said UAB football had not generated enough fan support or money to justify building the stadium, upsetting many UAB supporters and starting a "Free UAB" movement.

The NCAA requires that FBS schools average at least 15,000 in actual or paid attendance once every two years on a rolling basis. Not satisfying that requirement could eventually lead to a school being placed on restricted membership, a period in which the university would be ineligible for the postseason.

Because UAB's average announced attendance was 15,271 in 2012, the Blazers are not impacted by the NCAA requirement this year. Mackin said he is not concerned about meeting the 15,000 average in 2014.


An unknown fan is shown with a bag over his head at Legion Field for last Thursday's UAB-Rice game. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com)
"Obviously, we would want more fans, and we never have had a problem meeting that 15,000 requirement by the NCAA," he said. "The reason I'm not concerned is next year we have a very good home schedule. We have Troy the first game of the year. They travel. And our third game of the year will be against Alabama A&M, and they have very good crowds that follow them. Next year bodes well for scheduling."

Twenty schools in the Football Championship Subdivision are outdrawing UAB this year, including Jacksonville State (16,951) and Alabama State (14,385). Alabama A&M averages 9,711, and Samford averages 7,512.

Among in-state FBS teams at UAB's level, announced crowds for Troy (20,364) and South Alabama (15,886) also exceed the Blazers. As recently as 2010, Troy and UAB crowds were about even. UAB has only been to one bowl in its history, in 2004, and has a 31-75 record in the nine seasons since that postseason trip.

In recent years, Jacksonville State underwent a $47 million stadium expansion, and Alabama State built a $62 million stadium. Troy is planning an estimated $28 million stadium expansion with new facilities by 2015. South Alabama announced plans to build a 35,000-seat on-campus stadium by the 2016 season.

Entering Saturday, UAB's attendance is down 24 percent from last year and 50 percent since 2006, when UAB listed 23,139 fans per game. This figures to be the Blazers' lowest average since Watson Brown's first year as coach when UAB football was in its fifth year of existence.

Mackin cited several factors he believes contributed to low attendance this season: a late home schedule, bad weather for some games, and a season finale on the same day as the Iron Bowl.

UAB's first home game was Sept. 21 against Northwestern State -- four weeks into the season. Five of the Blazers' first seven games were on the road.

"Typically, we have very good crowds those first games, so not having the early games this year hurt," Mackin said.

Mackin said UAB always requests Conference USA allow the Blazers to complete their home schedule before the day Alabama and Auburn play. The Blazers play winless Southern Miss at noon Saturday, shortly before a 2:30 p.m. Iron Bowl kickoff.

"I think the state of Alabama thinks football ends after the Alabama-Auburn game," Mackin said. "That's just the mindset."

Football Crowds for Lower-Tier Alabama Division I Teams

School 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Troy. 20,364 20,952 17,898 18,947 18,413
Jacksonville St 16,951 16,006 17,226 17,330 11,502
South Alabama 15,886 16,793 18,442 18,765 None
Alabama State 14,385 15,514 12,131 11,177 6,027
UAB 11,589 15,271 16,579 18,360 17,987
Alabama A&M 9,711 9,784 10,362 6,456 4,375
Samford 7,512 7,565 6,821 7,321 5,446
Note: UAB, Troy, Jacksonville State, South Alabama and Alabama State have not concluded their 2013 home schedules.

Source: Announced attendance reported to NCAA

Chrono124
11-29-2013, 12:06 AM
If I didn't hate UAB so much, I might feel bad for them. There could be a future without UAB football existing, and although I'm completely fine with that it would be very sad for their fans. Just think if someone owned us and decided to take away something we loved like football. That would suck, and I'm glad nobody is pulling our strings.

TroJam
11-29-2013, 09:03 AM
[Quote]....Mackin cited several factors he believes contributed to low
attendance this season: a late home
schedule, bad weather for some
games, and a season finale on the
same day as the Iron Bowl.
UAB's first home game was Sept. 21 against Northwestern State -- four
weeks into the season. Five of the
Blazers' first seven games were on
the road...[Quote]
How 'bout they suck and play in a dump?:paperbag:

newnan trojan
11-29-2013, 11:18 AM
Yet after next year they want to drop our game with them?

If I remember correctly they had an announced attendance of 28k with us last year.

Ya they need us for the simple fact of attendance numbers.

If they want to drop our game, go ahead. No big deal to us.

Jericho Johnny
11-29-2013, 12:05 PM
I shudder to think how bad the attendance will be there come Saturday. Same day as the Iron Bowl, won't be over before it starts, and the game they are offering is a snorer between terrible UAB and even worse USM? Geez.

Do our attendance numbers take a hit in Iron Bowl day or are we pretty steady?

Jericho Johnny
11-29-2013, 12:06 PM
I would miss the UAB game more if we hadn't replaced it with an in-state and in-conference rivalry with South Alabama which promises to get better with time.

newnan trojan
11-29-2013, 12:09 PM
I shudder to think how bad the attendance will be there come Saturday. Same day as the Iron Bowl, won't be over before it starts, and the game they are offering is a snorer between terrible UAB and even worse USM? Geez.

Do our attendance numbers take a hit in Iron Bowl day or are we pretty steady?

You do know our game is today right? In 2 hours.

Jericho Johnny
11-29-2013, 12:22 PM
Yes. What about it?

newnan trojan
11-29-2013, 12:49 PM
Yes. What about it?

Ok. U made it sound like our game is tomorrow.

Chrono124
11-29-2013, 05:34 PM
Ok. U made it sound like our game is tomorrow.

I think it was just a general question from past numbers.

Jericho Johnny
11-29-2013, 05:42 PM
Chrono is correct.