McCarney writes the check. Can UNT fans cash it?

Dan McCarney said on the Sun Belt call today and at pretty much every press conference for the last few weeks that he fully expects UNT to break the all-time attendance record in the Mean Green’s final home game against Middle Tennessee this weekend.

In case you didn’t catch it, the UNT administration would really like it if you would show up.

UNT is giving its Mean Green Club members four free tickets each. Here’s a link: Free tickets

I don’t know this for a fact, but it sounds like all UNT faculty and staff members can pick up four free tickets as well.

The Mean Green needs to have 12,144 fans in its official count for the final home game of the season to surpass the mark of 109,367 in total attendance set in 2009. UNT averaged 18,228 fans per game that season.

UNT is averaging 19,445 fans per home game so far this season.

UNT averaged 19,517 fans per game in 1994 and would have to attract 19,884 fans this weekend to surpass the record for the average attendance per game in seasons that the Mean Green has played all of its games on campus.

You can bet your bottom dollar that if UNT hits the 12,144 it needs, it will count the total attendance as a record-breaker.

With the full push on, it’s hard to see that not work out.

What could be more interesting is to see if UNT can clip that season average mark as well.

I find it pretty interesting that UNT is giving away tickets. That’s something that UNT hasn’t often done before, but has been used by SMU and other schools to boost attendance. UNT fans have often been critical of giving away tickets to boost attendance.

I’m interested to gauge the opinion of our loyal blog followers. I don’t have a problem with it, but has UNT officially given up the high road when it comes to giving away tickets?

9 thoughts on “McCarney writes the check. Can UNT fans cash it?

  1. UNT also is offering 4 free tickets to any DISD teacher. As a season ticket holder, I am all for it. If there is a remote chance the attendance number could help with conference realignment, it is a good decision.

  2. In an administration announcement sent to all faculty/staff members, everyone was informed they could receive up to four tickets each. Once you clicked the link in the e-mail you gave your name, e-mail address and how many tickets you want and then we’ll be told where we can pick them up at another time.

    As it’s the last game of the season, I think it’s a reasonable middle ground. It also doesn’t encourage people to stay away hoping free tickets are going to be given out. If you’re going to do it, then now is as good a time as any.

    I’ll certainly be there at Apogee this Saturday. GO MEAN GREEN!

  3. I think it is a great idea. We have the empty seats available, so why not offer them? I have talked to several people who have considered going, but never followed up. I have ordered four of the tickets and hope to bring a family member who is a UNT grad. Might even bring grandkids.
    UNT needs to offer tickets to all the folks who live near the stadium. I wonder if they offered to the City employees or teachers at the High Schools in the area?

  4. Welp, I can’t say that I LIKE that we need to do things like this… But, I am more sick of seeing empty seats in the Palace than I am embarrassed we are doing something like this. Atleast this is showing that the athletic department is willing to try new things to get butts in seats…

    I’ll be there… early game. Should be fun.

    Go Mean Green!

  5. There’s nothing wrong with giving tickets to folks who you want to entice into paying for tickets next season. I really hope the weather picture improves, though, because it looks really crappy right now. I’d hate to have the weather hinder what ought to be a great ending to the first year of the McCarney Era.

  6. I’ve suggested, for years, they give away more free tickets. Every kid under 18 should always be free for any UNT sporting event. Until UNT builds a base of young fans, we will never have the following of schools with history and tradition on their side. There are very few kids who grow up Mean Green fans and dream of attending North Texas. The easiest way to build that, is to get the kids to come to games. Giving away tickets is a great idea! They may not have bought the ticket but any concessions they buy is more revenue than that empty seat was going to generate. Getting people to the stadium and involved should be the ONLY focus right now. I realize the revenue generated by season tickets is very important. Those people will still buy season tickets, if you continue to provide other incentives to encourage them to keep their tickets. Giving away a few thousand general admission tickets or always letting kids in free, is not going to hurt ticket sales. It’s only going to build a true following and create the loyalty UNT needs. When we start running out of tickets, then we can worry about how we can generate more revenue with ticket sales. That would be a wonderful problem to have!

  7. Couple of things:
    Firstly, we haven’t exactly been historically against ticket gimmicks. We set the record in 1994 precisely because donors bought huge amounts of tickets to boost attendance numbers so we barely became Division I-A that year. It wasn’t actual “butts in seats”.
    Source:
    http://books.google.com/books?id=uEqJXwQHe6kC&lpg=PP1&dq=history%20of%20north%20texas&pg=PA624

    Secondly, forecasters say there is a 70% chance of rain and thunderstorms on Saturday. If they just can’t play the game because of the storm, they can agree to call it a tie and go home, which would make UNT’s record 4-7-1, exactly what I predicted for the “Get Your Rear on the Record” contest earlier this season.

  8. I think it’s a great idea and I hope they find a way to give away 100,000 with the probablility that 10% show up. If more people show than we have seats, give them 4 tickets to 3 games of their choice for BB or 8 tickets to a game of their choice for FB next year. It would be nice the see the wing full. Pack the App!

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