It is no secret that a winning team is going to have a stronger following.. BUT when schools such as Texas Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Baylor and West Virginia have a better home environment there is something going within the University of Texas. Many of you may have already seen the espn articles about student sections in the country. Most notably the big 12 rankings.
The problem is that DKR is one of the premium stadiums in all of football yet it is one of the quietest and does not fulfill the potential it has to be a nightmare for opponents to play at. In fact it has many nicknames such as "The Library" and the tradition is to Come Late, Be Quiet, Leave Early. Students have assigned seating so there is no incentive to show up early. That means the die hards that will scream their lunges out don't get the seats that they would've had if seating was first come first serve. Students are hassled by the old hags that can't deal with the noise. The problem is the students sit in the south end zone which is by far and away the area that makes the least noise impact due to its separation from the field.
The solution is oh so simple, yet will never be made. Let's think about students would make the most impact... separated from the game? or behind a team bench?? Damn, that's a difficult one. If giving up the west sideline behind the home bench is too expensive, move it to the east end zone. or hell... the north end zone is a hell of a lot better than the south. Keep all of the students together. Simply give the lower rows to the upperclassmen, but don't spread them out. Keep it rowdy. Perhaps upperclassmen, who typically hold their liquor better, on the west. Then the freshy's behind the away bench. That's a hell of a way to rattle a team. That scenario only if you have to separate. Ticket prices should be dropped altogether. I mean, it's Texas. Money is gonna be there. Beer at the games. Give the kids discounts on the food and beverages. They pay enough to go to the damn school, so don't make them break an arm and a leg to go to the game when they could just as easily buy a 12 pack and order a pizza for $20 and be in the Air Conditioning. More exciting home games are coming soon with USC and others on the schedule. It is hard to get pumped up for Iowa State or Kansas, but that is all we got and some 10k out of the 50k at UT will go crazy for those games. Until the south end zone is enclosed and noise barriers are put in place in those corners, that section of the stadium will be dead. The stadium will be dead. The atmosphere will be dead. If you have ever played a college or high school sport, then you know how much playing with a loud crowd behind you really does. It amps you up. You play excited, not the lazy mack brown football we're used to. Until the students are moved, and heard, DKR will never turn up. The poll is at the bottom.