On message boards, around the media tables, and amongst the players and coaches, the question remains: why don't students attend games at the Arena.
Unfortunately, the answer this season seems very clear and certainly cut and dry. When the games are convenient, students will go. When they are not, there are better places to spend your weekends.
The Alumni Hall games drew sell-out crowds, whereas under 100 students attended the last men's basketball game at the Arena. On-campus events are much easier to attend then off-campus. Take the lacrosse and soccer games for example, thousands attend because it is there. When you wake up, it's in your face.
This is too easy of a cop-out however, as the location is certainly a strong factor, but not the sole one. Fairfield basketball has not been entertaining for a long time. Losing seasons, failed expectations, and having to pay to see it? Seems like an awfully big request.
Luckily, this season the women are pretty good, but will never draw the same as the men. Why? Demographics, this a predominantly female campus and as my Associate Editor Ali stated in her first column this year, there is more to the game than the sport.
Fairfield needs to also accept one grand theme in all of this: alcohol. Petty and immature, yes. However, kids are going to get drunk before, during, and after any event they can. Pre-game in a dorm room and walk to Alumni or risk getting arrested or shot in a drunken stumble through Bridgeport. Which would you choose?
I know the University doesn't like talking about alcohol and drunkenness is as big of a taboo as diversity, but this is what college is certainly about, the WHOLE experience. Kegs and eggs, post-game parties, drunken chants.
Fairfield is going to have loads to consider if they are ever going to revive school spirit. We all love the Red Sea, but it has to go much deeper than that.