Friday, February 17, 2006

A Prayer to the Patron Saint of Ticket Sales

Those folks up at Siena basketball are an altruistic bunch, aren't they? This from their web site:
The Siena athletic department is making discounted blocks of tickets available to area businesses for its final men's basketball regular-season game of the season against Niagara on Saturday, February 25 at 7 p.m. The business are encouraged to donate the tickets to area youth groups or organizations.
What they don't mention is that Siena's average attendance per game this season is 5229 ---more than 1200 seats below last year's figure. You don't need to be Stephen Hawking to figure out what that means over the course of a 12 game home season.
We don't know if attendance figures are counted by ticket sales or spins of the turnstyle, but it will be interesting to see if the school's well-heeled alumni step up to help fill the hole.