This season is the 9th consecutive where football season tickets have sold out at Carter-Finley. Here is a recent entry about selling out season tickets.
For this entry, I am going to focus only on home football games. Set aside the LTRs, gas, hotel and airfare for road trips, donations to the Wolfpack Club, merchandise, tailgate food and beverage, etc.
What have we gotten as far as wins and losses for the face value price of our tickets over the last 9 seasons?
Our record at home from the 2001 season to the current 2009 season is 34-25 (.576). So basically the customers go home happy 58% of the time.
Under Chuck Amato our home record was 24-16 (.600) and under Tom O’Brien it is 10-9 (.526).
Our ACC home record is only 15-18 (.455). So against our conference peers the customers go home happy 46% of the time. And that makes our non-conference home record 19-7 (.731).
That non-conference record includes some 1-AA cupcakes over the years. We are 10-0 against 1-AA schools (including 2-0 this season), meaning our 1-A home record is 24-25 (.490). So against “real schools” the customers go home happy just under half the time.
Against schools in BCS conferences our home record is 19-22 (.463), which includes our 15-18 ACC record, making our record against non-ACC BCS schools 4-4 (.500). Against 1-A non-BCS schools our record is 5-3 (.625).
By the way, the only 2 seasons where we were more than 1 game above .500 at home were Philip Rivers’ junior and senior years.
Where is our home field advantage? The fans show up and are loud and the stadium is improved. Do we need more pine trees?
After the Duke game it seems like a lot of folks have been regretting investing in football tickets. Have we been getting a good enough return on our investments? Not to mention all the other aspects of football mentioned above where we also spend our time and money. I realize you can’t win ’em all but are you, the customer, going home happy often enough?
And if you’re not going home happy often enough, what can you do about it? If you have LTRs, they have you over a barrell. And you have the dilemma, if you don’t support the program financially it won’t improve but if you do you feel like you’re supporting the status quo. E-mailing the AD won’t help unless “Thanks for your support, Go Pack” makes you feel better.
What do you think?
Boston College 1-1
Florida St 2-2
Georgia Tech 0-3
North Carolina 2-2
Virginia Tech 0-1
Wake Forest 3-1
Ohio St 0-1
South Carolina 0-1
South Florida 0-1
Texas Tech 1-0
Central Florida 0-1
Middle Tenn St 1-0
New Mexico 1-0
Southern Miss 1-0
Appalachian St 1-0
E Kentucky 1-0
East Tenn St 1-0
Gardner Webb 1-0
Murray St 1-0
W Carolina 1-0
William & Mary 1-0