Richard Thies: Where are the Gator basketball fans?
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:23 p.m.
My wife and I were part of the bus load of Wisconsin fans at the Florida/Wisconsin game last evening. As a long time Wisconsin fan and still season football ticket holder, I expected that the home of Gator basketball would be packet to the roof for this early season matchup between teams who seem to expect to play in the NCAA tourney each year.
Where were the Gator fans? It was a shock to see so many empty seats; 75 percent of the third level was empty and the second level was not full. On the way in someone offered us courtside seats.
In Madison, this game would have been as sellout as all home basketball games have been since the Kohl center was opened in 1997. Dispite our team getting whipped, we enjoyed talking with a couple of Gator fans who have had season tickets for over 20 years.
I was told Florida is a football school; only when the Gators win or compete for the NCAA title do basketball fans show up.
Gator fans should be ashamed for not giving better continuous support to their basketball program. Your team has speed, intensity and plays to win. Give them the support a team playing for a major college deserves.
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