I’m sure 3 out of 4 who read my post with think or say “get off my lawn”, but here goes…
Last Saturday, my wife, who has been attending games with me for over 25 years, said, in reaction to the game time experience, and particularly to the volume of the PA system and the Monster Truck Show style announcer, “please don’t renew my seat next year!”. She has texted the fan experience number and called the box office to complain, on several occasions, receiving (of course) no sympathy, or satisfaction.
Now here’s my complaint - I get that the people in charge, and this started with Larry, think that the ONLY way to increase fan enthusiasm is to mimic the NBA experience at the JMHC. But regularly, I notice the opposite effect. Often, following a timeout or break in the action, the band plays one of their regular tunes, and coming out of the tune has a significant portion of the audience joining in on the “Let’s go Utah! …” or some similar chant, only to have the PA system immediately start playing some NBA arena standard at 105+ db, and drowning out the crowd.
Watch what is actually going on in the arena during the next (absurd over-) production taking place during Ute team player introductions. Watch as the lights return and the music stops - many/most people appear very happy to have it over with.
Now, here’s the thing: I get the idea of progress, and modernization, but if I wanted to experience an NBA game, I’d buy Jazz season tickets - I DON’T! I want to experience a college basketball game, so for many years I’ve purchased Ute tickets.
There is something to be said for tradition. You don’t think that if you go to a Duke, Michigan State, Kansas, or an NC game, that you’ll be listening to any standard NBA hype-tunes, at 105+ db do you?
It’s the same in College football. Got to Michigan, Alabama, Florida, USC, and you’ll be listening along with happy audience members to bands playing traditional music, and crowds joining in; not “WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE” at 108 db.