No State Finals attendence thread?

 
Massillon-Hoban is one of the very few matchups that will appeal to the casual fan anymore -- and it's unclear this would be duplicated were it to happen again. Even acknowledging that, endless repetition across many of the division just doesn't compel interest with anyone but the homers and die-hards.
 
Massillon-Hoban is one of the very few matchups that will appeal to the casual fan anymore -- and it's unclear this would be duplicated were it to happen again. Even acknowledging that, endless repetition across many of the division just doesn't compel interest with anyone but the homers and die-hards.
It also helps that both schools are not very far away.
 
Plus they are in it seems every year...weather too crummy this year, I'll go next year when hopefully sunny and warmer!
 
The atmosphere pales in comparison for all three games today. The DI game was actually a fun one to watch. Hope #7 for Springfield is alright. Dude had legit speed.
 
Thursday was a perfect storm for great attendance. You had an intriguing matchup featuring one of the best supported teams in the state playing in their backyard (even on a Thursday), with great weather. Against another team not too far away that has a pedigree of winning as of late. The drought by Massillon being an intriguing story for neutrals. And yet it only got 14,846 (or even 17k, that's still paltry compared to games 20 years ago).

Friday was the perfect storm for terrible attendance. Repetitive participants, one matchup that's on its third straight title game (now all won by the same team). Kirtland returns. Versailles though it's been a while are high up on the list of champions, TCC a defending champ, TCC, BW, and StEd all are privates that will rely only on their fans and no local community support the way publics will. And you had the expectation of lousy weather. And no team nearby. Kirtland was still a bit of a drive and was the first game of the day at 1030am. On a Friday.

Saturday by default should be better for the first two games. Dalton, Perry, and Liberty Center should bring lively, large crowds. Glenville and Alter are going to bring a small core of fans and not much else, unfortunately. And Marion Local, though a repetitive team, does bring a good small school crowd but it's not going to be giant.

But the weather is looking good for December in Ohio. And three 'not regular' teams really helps pump up the crowd numbers.
 
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