Originally Posted by Arebee
It's a lot of fun, and UCONN football has come a long way. I used to show my Student ID at Memorial Stadium and get in free! They just haven't hit the big time yet as far as a fan base. People leave after halftime and even in close games, people are filing out late in the third quarter.
The tailgate restrictions are a lot tighter than other places, college or pro. The parking lot gates open 4 hours prior to kick-off and they kick you INTO the stadium right after kick-off. When there is a day game they will let you hang in the parking lot for two hours after the game, but at night you have to clear out immediately after the game ends. Still, all in all a good time.
When I was there you could get into the women's basketball games for free and they'd be lucky if there were 2,000 at a game! Many were probably there just to see the then-new Gampel.
I really don't understand the average CT sports fan. Show up late, leave early. Maybe it's that we just don't have the long-standing traditions that the big football schools have. But the same goes for the basketball, and there's been a good amount of success and history there.
And I agree completely with the tailgating aspect. Tailgating is a weekend-long even at many venues. Not here, though. Get 'em in, get their money and get them out seems to be the M.O.