GW Fan9/23/2011 1:25:00 PM
Not sure if anyone has any insight on how ticket sales are going so far relative to previous years, but it would be interesting to see if the new marketing efforts are showing any positive results yet. It would appear that a few factors will put us in a good position to increase attendance this season: 1) Having a coach with local ties combined with an increase in media exposure should spike local interest in the basketball program. 2) The Whole Foods at 22nd and I streets in Foggy Bottom (which opened this month), along with the other retail establishments on that parcel should increase pedestrian traffic in the evenings. 3) The very real possibility that there will be no NBA season (or at the very least a delayed start to the season) means that there will be many basketball fans looking for other outlets to watch live sporting events. The Wizards average home attendance last year was 16,791, so hopefully we can attract a couple hundred of those fans to come to the Smith Center to see some live hoops at a fraction of the cost of an NBA game.
notta hater9/23/2011 3:12:02 PM
I think Wizards fans will be perfectly content getting their yuks at DC Superior Court watching criminal trials.
Tuna Can9/25/2011 9:25:33 AM
notta, absolutely! You never know when you will get to see one of your favorite players!!!! The Wiz don't need a dating service to meet women, they just hit the various traffic circles in DC past midnight.
Dolphin Michael9/25/2011 9:32:34 AM
As it would happen, I was invited to meet a friend down near the Capitol yesterday, and like many (too many), I was stuck waiting for the disaster of all disasters in this town on weekends, the METRO to arrive and actually make it to the stop to which I was heading. This offered the opportunity to run into several former basketball game attendees who had given up tickets.
Just a thought to THE, find a way to reach out to us and give us an early game for a purchase of 2 or more billets to league matchups.
The common tune is "IS it safe to come out, yet?"
No one is ready for the full season--the trauma is deep, for many. Just know that there is interest.
I would also hit some restaurants around GW for a discount coupon for a table for 4 before- or after-game along with a set of tixs for a game. Folks will find a way to make it out.
THE George Washington9/25/2011 5:12:55 PM
Hey DM -
We've got a handful of partial and flex plans that will help fans realize that it's more than safe to come back to the Smith Center. Please feel free to share this with anyone.
Dolphin Michael9/25/2011 6:28:28 PM
THE, there are some nice offers there. You know me, I will still try to find ways of blending the offer with some other activity. You guys did a good job, though. Not a bad way to see several A10 matchups. I will suggest them to friends.
Dolphin Michael9/25/2011 6:30:56 PM
BTW, also, since you are reading this thread, THE, my compliments to whomever produced the 4-PLUS minute hilite video and interview of the Women's Soccer game with Robert Morris. THere was some amazing goals that you got on tape. ... otherwise, a nice piece.