There are two ways to look at attendance problems. One way is to ignore the problem and spend as little as possible, something that many universities have done throughout the years. That plan does not work for the Univeristy of Illinois Fighting Illini.
The Fighting Illini are doing the exact opposite. Illinois will be spending over seven million dollars in renovations to Illinois’ Memorial Stadium, which includes adding a gigantic upgrade to their video scoreboard and sound system.
The new scoreboard that will be designed by Daktronics is four times the size of the previous scoreboard. The new scoreboard measures an astounding 36 feet tall and 95 feet wide. In addition to the scoreboard, there will be two LED ribbon boards.
In addition to the renovations, Illinois coach Tim Beckman will be hosting a free special event open to the public Wednesday evening at Memorial Stadium. Beckman will announce the 2013 new recruits to the fans, and allow fans to meet and greet the newest members of the Fighting Illini.
The renovations and event are two great ways to draw attention to a program that has struggled in attendance in recent years. Attendance has dropped every season since 2008 and this could be a way to bring fans back to Memorial Stadium.
llinois is on the right track trying to get their fans involved with the program, and Wedensday can be a huge start to bringing back fans and bringing in the players that will help Illinois contend in the Big Ten Conference.