I hope I don't offend anyone, but I think that the Maize Rage can do something about this. I see things like what Maryland does at the :30 second mark of the clip below and then I compare it to what we're doing. Now, don't get me wrong, the maize rage IS the loudest fan group in the building. They do a great job. But I think that they (and the rest of the crowd) can do more. I've attended a game at cameron indoor. I've attended a game at rupp. I've also see games in high school gyms that have more energy and vibe. I don't think anyone on the board disagrees that if the team is good the crowd is better/more hype. But I think if there were more fun crowd interaction it could become a better environment and therefore drive more people to want to go there. Like a Jimmy Buffet concert. Even if you don't like his music, it's one heck of a show.
How do we make this happen? I think it would be great to have a brainstorming session to see what kind of ideas we can come up with. A raucous student section showing on TV and when there are recruits there would be phenomenal for the program.
Some of my thoughts:
* Put the "white collar" seats on the camera side.
* Fill the lower bowl opposite the camera with students first and let 'em rip.
* Come up with different shirt/giveaway ideas that play to themes. I'm sure the Maize Rage can find some alumni support to fund some of these things. Maybe have a UMHoops (or other blog) night with specialty shirts at the game.
* Think through some chant/crowd activities that can be inclusive. Not that it has to be as elaborate as what the terpdurkins are doing in the vid but something fun.
1. When a player just nails a fantastic dunk or a three and there is an opportunity to do this chant their name. Imagine last night when Duncan hit one of his threes that the whole student section starts to loudly chant "DUN-CAN" "DUN-CAN" "DUN-CAN", etc. Or "DAWK-INS"...etc, etc, etc. Something that just reverberates through the stadium and is easy enough that the kids and other adults can join in immediately. Think if Mo just slips a screen and gets to the rim for a nice dunk, what chanting "VAG-NER" over and over for a few seconds would do to pump him, the team and the crowd up. Plus, wouldn't it be great if Dan Dakich had to really speak up to get his point across because of the noise?
2. Music related. I know that there are a number of these that we utilize at times but what about something a little more current and fun that "the kids" might enjoy. Not exactly Jump Around at the beginning of Q4 for wisky but jumping and crazy to a beat that everyone can join in with. People love to dance - even people like me that can't.
Again, I think the MR does a great job with what they've got and I know that they really want the most crowd noise that they can get as well. So I'm hoping that there can be some ideas thrown around somewhere that would allow them to come up with some fantastic crowd participation things that would make the games more fun for students, tv, etc. Things that would hype the crowd and make more people want to attend. If Maryland can do it, I'm sure we can!
Thanks for reading.