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Devlin attendance dwindles, basketball teams take action

Isabella Scott

Isabella Scott

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A collegiate athletic team’s fan base is a big component of its success. For both Tulane men’s and women’s basketball programs, increasing game attendance and support from students is a priority.

Attendance at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse has dwindled over the past few years. Records from the Tulane ticketing office show that during the 2014-15 season, the highest number of attendees for the men’s team was 3,458 in their 62-53 loss to UConn on Feb. 7, 2015. This season, attendance has only surpassed 2,000 fans on two occasions. The women’s team had 2,983 fans for its game against UConn in the 2015-16 season. This season, its highest attendance so far was only 1,391 fans.

Redshirt junior guard Cameron Reynolds said the size and rowdiness of a crowd can affect performance.

“I like it when a lot of people are there,” Reynolds said. “It fuels me.”

Reynolds gained a career high of 21 points this season during Tulane’s 95-75 loss to UNC on Nov. 11 at the Smoothie King Center. He said he attributes his success in that game to the large number of fans that showed up.

“I respect everyone that came out and supported us,” Reynolds said. “We really needed it, and I think we played a really good game because everyone showed up.”

The men’s basketball program is trying to gain a larger following. Graduate Assistant Rafi Goldman said gaining more fans starts with the team’s involvement in the Tulane community.

“We want to start by building the fanbase inside out,” Goldman said. “For us, that means building relationships on campus: sororities, fraternities, anyone that wants to get involved.”

Goldman acknowledges that because the university is in New Orleans, Tulane basketball competes with more outside sources of entertainment than most college basketball programs. He said he hopes that by building personal connections with students, they will choose to support the team over other options.

“If you’re a Tulane student, we’re not just competing for [your attendance at] a Tulane basketball game or a Pelicans game, it’s the entire entertainment spectrum …” Goldman said. “So we need to build those relationships to make those students want to come.”

Tulane basketball hopes to make its games the place to be on a Tuesday night or Saturday afternoon by continuing these measures over the next few years and improving its record as a team. 

“You gotta start somewhere, and we’re more than willing to put in the work,” Goldman said. “We understand it’s not going to happen overnight, but as a staff [and] as a team, we’re going to do everything we can to help make [it happen].”

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3 Responses to “Devlin attendance dwindles, basketball teams take action”

  1. GreenWave69 on February 15th, 2017 2:56 am

    Try giving us a winning season…

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  2. Cv on February 15th, 2017 7:08 am

    I’d say to do something really simple for the sororities. They would appreciate it and then make the effort to go and support the teams. Some sororities have a position for telling people and getting people involved in on campus activities, maybe throw them some swags down they’d be included to go. Have playersbe more social around campus, get them to be involved in at least one club, set time asaide for that. Not only would it be rewarding for them, and look good old on a resume, but having them go and reach out into different groups and connect with more people would definitely start to help build a following

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  3. TU Student on February 15th, 2017 9:40 am

    Try correlating that with the WINS in the first 11 games. Basketball might not be our thing, but nobody wants to watch a team with 4 wins half way through February.

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Devlin attendance dwindles, basketball teams take action