It seems some people just don’t get it. High school and college students want to attend sporting events on their campus, or as close to it as possible. Too far away, many choose to not attend because it seems more like an away rather than a home game.

Look at the student crowds at Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley, or North Scott High Schools – students fill the stands. Compare their team support to attendance by West, North and Central students at the Brady street field. Compare Ambrose with Augustana and you find the same – less attendance.

Unless you grew up in Davenport, you probably were able to attend football games on the campus of the school you attended in both high school and college.

Another stadium on the riverfront will not provide an improvement over Brady Street. It would still too far from campus to entice students to attend and controlled by the city, not the schools.

Davenport city council should support the St. Ambrose project. The Davenport school board should sell Brady Street Stadium, and then build a football and track stadium at each high school. Better teams and better attendance make for an improved school experience.

John Stevens

Eldridge


 

(7) comments

Klaatu
Klaatu

I have been to many small colleges in the country, following my son's college career. Those colleges are the epicenter of most of those communities, and they take great pride in keeping them modern and relevant. They dominate the landscape, they bring a lot of money in, they define the community. A college campus on game day is an exciting place, and the local businesses reap a windfall from the related economic activity. If you didn't want to be part of that, you really shouldn't have bought a house within two miles of the college.

Julloa43

Two points to make here. Number one when I was in high school and playing football Davenport West and icentral were quality, competitive teams. And they still do not have fans showing up to games. So there may be some correlation there with proximity of stadium. Second point I'm also proud St. Ambrose graduate. I attended very few football games because I did not want to drive to the stadium. Had the stadium been where they're proposing the stadium to be I would've you attended several games. College students like to be able to walk to events.

Julloa43

Two points to make here. Number one when I was in high school and playing football Davenport West and icentral were quality, competitive teams. And they still do not have fans showing up to games. So there may be some correlation there with proximity of stadium. Second point I'm also proud St. Ambrose graduate. I attended very few football games because I did not want to drive to the stadium. Had the stadium been where they're proposing the stadium to be I would've you attended several games. College students like to be able to walk to events.

Hawksfan23

"Look at the student crowds at Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley, or North Scott High Schools – students fill the stands. Compare their team support to attendance by West, North and Central students at the Brady street field."

I think it has more to do with Bettendorf, PV, and North Scott winning games on a regular basis than where their stadium is. A 7-0 Bettendorf team playing a 6-1 North Scott team with State tournament implications will draw more fans than a 0-7 West team playing an 0-7 North team no matter where they play the game at. I remember when those teams were competitive they had no problem packing Brady St. Stadium.

Arc Angel

Or,,,,,,,,West , North and Central are bad teams that are painful to watch.

finch

Yeah, he's right. Just look at amy of the state universities where most students have to walk for MILES from their apartments and many fans live in other states. Nobody going to those games. Oh, wait. Tens of thousands at every game? Never mind.

You seriously think turn-out for our local high school football games is based on the stadium being in the middle of their own city? The schools you mention -- Bettendorf, North Scott, P-V -- they fill the stands of every game they play, whether at their school or in another town.

dallonc

Another weak, "red herring" comment from the get off my lawn crowd. I walked 200 yards from my dorm to the football stadium when I attended college at a Big 10 school. Plus, state universities have much more in common with professional teams than with SAU. The athletes playing those games live in separate facilities and not as part of the general population. At SAU, student-athletes have many friends who are not athletes at all.

Proximity to the school and town DOES make a big difference in attendance at North Scott, PV, etc. Those schools are a vibrant part of the community, with athletics being a big part of that community spirit. This is what SAU is fostering with the stadium complex.

I'm sure I'll be waving hello to finch as he is screaming "get off my lawn" at all of us while we walk to the future stadium on future fall Saturdays.

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