Ryan Field Relativity
Happy Monday! The ‘Cats are 3-0 and received 15 votes in the coaches poll yet only 3 in the AP poll. Shows you what not getting TV coverage and having your highlights in the rotation will do to perception. Dan Persa “slipped” to #2 in the nation in QB Passer Rating (behind Alabama’s McElroy), but is still #1 in completion percentage and having arguably the best first quarter of a season in NU QB history. We’ll get in to week two and the ‘Cats-Central Michigan game in a bit, but first, some perspective on Ryan Field.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to attend the Bears-Cowboys game in the new Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium. It really is an event to behold. More than 100,000 people in an indoor stadium, completely air conditioned and a mix of part Super Bowl atmosphere, part night club and large doses of sensory overload. For the record it was at least 25% Bears fans and they were LOUD. Bottom-line is it didn’t totally feel like a football game. By now, you’ve heard all about the incredible scoreboard which is impossible to not watch while the game is going on. I’m not joking when I tell you the biggest joke is the fact the refs simply don’t look up to the board for instant replay. The completely orchestrated event made me appreciate Ryan Field.
Yes, I know, the two are incomparable. The ‘Cats average the same amount of Bears fans at this game for our home games. The concentration at Ryan Field is on the field and the entertainment is the marching band. It’s old school and I like it. Indeed, our stadium needs some major facelift work and could use a giant infusion of the energy and sound from Jerry Jones-ville, but there is something about outdoor football and not using piped-in dance movement or having every second programmed that I like. Cowboys Stadium is a case study in marketing optimization and should host Kellogg students for this very reason. Heck, if there is one place I’d want to watch an NU game on the big screen – this is it.
I was sitting in this football utopia thinking “get me to the ‘Cats-CMU game on Saturday” and I immediately was frustrated by the fact we’ll likely be lucky to get 30,000 on Saturday. Speaking of that – of you cashed in your bonus FREE tickets for this week yet? Let’s make sure we get this done. Top of the personal priority list folks. There are only 3 Ryan Field games left after Saturday, so it’s a great sampler to help attract new fans.
Much more to come today and the rest of the week. Until then, I highly recommend putting a visit to Cowboys Stadium on the list.
Like most of you, LTP sends our thoughts and prayers to Sparty’s Mark Dantonio and family. The Michigan State head coach suffered a mild heart attack after their thrilling last-second win over Notre Dame on Saturday night. Reports have Dantonio expected to make a full recovery and back relatively soon.