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Old Nov 28, 2012, 07:13 AM   #101
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If u of I bball wants to have a loud and intimidating home crowd like the izzone and the blue bloods have we must move the gray hairs up and place students/crush in their place.
Yeah, good luck with that. I was at Illinois from 85-89 and we were saying the very same thing.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 08:24 AM   #102
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 08:34 AM   #103
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I will be making the drive down and can not wait. Most pumped I have been to head down for a game in years. ILL-
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 08:38 AM   #104
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See you there. Wondering where anyone would suggest eating in C-U. Want to watch what I can of the early games over dinner, so what bar is likely to have all three screens going? Suggestions one and all? Thanks in advance
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 09:16 AM   #105
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See you there. Wondering where anyone would suggest eating in C-U. Want to watch what I can of the early games over dinner, so what bar is likely to have all three screens going? Suggestions one and all? Thanks in advance
Legends on Green Street. There are several seating locations, including the bar, that will give you a good viewing angle of all the early games. Food and beer selection is also excellent.

If Legends is packed (it probably will be), you're next option is probably Murphy's - perhaps the greatest burger + fries on campus.

Fire Station (relatively new) has a ton of tv's (even personal tv's in each booth), but their food is absolutely horrendous.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 09:21 AM   #106
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 09:24 AM   #107
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While I agree the hall can get loud at times...but most of the times its not that intimidating.
If u of I bball wants to have a loud and intimidating home crowd like the izzone and the blue bloods have we must move the gray hairs up and place students/crush in their place.
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Yeah, good luck with that. I was at Illinois from 85-89 and we were saying the very same thing.
Like everyone else, when Illinois is winning they have good crowds. And when Illinois has good crowds, AH is one of the toughest places to play in the nation.

What would qualify as evidence of intimidation? Opposing players wetting themselves? Crying during timeouts?
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 09:29 AM   #108
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Like everyone else, when Illinois is winning they have good crowds. And when Illinois has good crowds, AH is one of the toughest places to play in the nation.

What would qualify as evidence of intimidation? Opposing players wetting themselves? Crying during timeouts?
Walking over to our bench and giving us their lunch money. Only this will satisfy me.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 10:18 AM   #109
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Like everyone else, when Illinois is winning they have good crowds. And when Illinois has good crowds, AH is one of the toughest places to play in the nation.

What would qualify as evidence of intimidation? Opposing players wetting themselves? Crying during timeouts?
It's a start!

Edit: Actually by that logic, Nebraska is an intimidating place to play
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 11:12 AM   #110
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Fire Station (relatively new) has a ton of tv's (even personal tv's in each booth), but their food is absolutely horrendous.
Forget Fire Station. Go to Firehaus if you want fire anything in the name. Seating is awesome in the front area, and the food is decent.

Legends is also awesome. In fact, Legends would be choice #1, provided you get there early enough for a seat (since you're eating).

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Walking over to our bench and giving us their lunch money. Only this will satisfy me.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 11:48 AM   #111
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Legends on Green Street. There are several seating locations, including the bar, that will give you a good viewing angle of all the early games. Food and beer selection is also excellent.

If Legends is packed (it probably will be), you're next option is probably Murphy's - perhaps the greatest burger + fries on campus.

Fire Station (relatively new) has a ton of tv's (even personal tv's in each booth), but their food is absolutely horrendous.
Fire Station does not exist anymore. White Horse moved into their location.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 11:51 AM   #112
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Hopefully no Mark Price flashbacks. Attended the game in RI when he killed us.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:01 PM   #113
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See you there. Wondering where anyone would suggest eating in C-U. Want to watch what I can of the early games over dinner, so what bar is likely to have all three screens going? Suggestions one and all? Thanks in advance
park at hooters and walk over!
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:04 PM   #114
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Like everyone else, when Illinois is winning they have good crowds. And when Illinois has good crowds, AH is one of the toughest places to play in the nation.

What would qualify as evidence of intimidation? Opposing players wetting themselves? Crying during timeouts?

Would be tougher if students or at least passionate vocal fans sitting in A instead of fair weather fans sitting closer to the court. At the very least if they are not going to attend the game give the tickets to someone who will or back to the box office to sell and support the program!
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:11 PM   #115
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Would be tougher if students or at least passionate vocal fans sitting in A instead of fair weather fans sitting closer to the court. At the very least if they are not going to attend the game give the tickets to someone who will or back to the box office to sell and support the program!
No season ticket holder, ever, will just GIVE tickets away unless it's for a tax break. Season tickets, especially that close to the court, cost serious coin. They may be for sale (we put our season tickets up on StubHub, or sell at face value to friends), but they will rarely be given away. People need to make up their cash.

That being said, I think the Illini need to make it easier to sell their tickets through third party brokers (like StubHub) so seats do fill in. I think the addition of bar codes will help, since people could buy tickets up to two hours before game time and print from home, instead of having to order 3 days ahead of time and have them mailed to you.

I love the Illini as much as anyone. I want Assembly Hall to be nuts for every home game. That being said, I would not expect anyone to just give away part of a major investment like season tickets; sell, yes, donate to charity, sure, but not just hand out. If someone does do this, God bless them, but it won't be me. I'm not rich enough to take that kind of blow to my bottom line.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:13 PM   #116
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:14 PM   #117
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Like everyone else, when Illinois is winning they have good crowds. And when Illinois has good crowds, AH is one of the toughest places to play in the nation.

What would qualify as evidence of intimidation? Opposing players wetting themselves? Crying during timeouts?
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:24 PM   #118
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No season ticket holder, ever, will just GIVE tickets away unless it's for a tax break. Season tickets, especially that close to the court, cost serious coin. They may be for sale (we put our season tickets up on StubHub, or sell at face value to friends), but they will rarely be given away. People need to make up their cash.

That being said, I think the Illini need to make it easier to sell their tickets through third party brokers (like StubHub) so seats do fill in. I think the addition of bar codes will help, since people could buy tickets up to two hours before game time and print from home, instead of having to order 3 days ahead of time and have them mailed to you.

I love the Illini as much as anyone. I want Assembly Hall to be nuts for every home game. That being said, I would not expect anyone to just give away part of a major investment like season tickets; sell, yes, donate to charity, sure, but not just hand out. If someone does do this, God bless them, but it won't be me. I'm not rich enough to take that kind of blow to my bottom line.
I have had them given to me before in the southwest lot at the hall and by others. Our tickets were in B13 row 3 for 25 years and friends in A used to give them to me too. Alot of people with good seats are more worried about having tickets scalped and someone making a buck on them than they are about giving them away. When dad used all the tickets i can tell you it happened a dozen times that wealthy folks in that lot said if you walk in with me you can have the ticket. They just didnt want someone to sell it or scalp it and make a buck on them.

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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:28 PM   #119
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No season ticket holder, ever, will just GIVE tickets away unless it's for a tax break. Season tickets, especially that close to the court, cost serious coin. They may be for sale (we put our season tickets up on StubHub, or sell at face value to friends), but they will rarely be given away. People need to make up their cash.

That being said, I think the Illini need to make it easier to sell their tickets through third party brokers (like StubHub) so seats do fill in. I think the addition of bar codes will help, since people could buy tickets up to two hours before game time and print from home, instead of having to order 3 days ahead of time and have them mailed to you.

I love the Illini as much as anyone. I want Assembly Hall to be nuts for every home game. That being said, I would not expect anyone to just give away part of a major investment like season tickets; sell, yes, donate to charity, sure, but not just hand out. If someone does do this, God bless them, but it won't be me. I'm not rich enough to take that kind of blow to my bottom line.
meh, it's a sunk cost. They've already paid for the tickets, if you're not going for one reason or another, you might as well give them away.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:30 PM   #120
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meh, it's a sunk cost. They've already paid for the tickets, if you're not going for one reason or another, you might as well give them away.

Bingo and many people do. When we were out of town for the holidays dad did all the time

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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:39 PM   #121
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If u of I bball wants to have a loud and intimidating home crowd like the izzone and the blue bloods have we must move the gray hairs up and place students/crush in their place.
For a period of several years in the early to mid 2000s, Illinois had the best home record in the nation (better than Cameron, Izzone, IU, everyone). Assembly Hall is plenty loud and intimidating. When the Illini lose at home, it's because the team didn't play well enough to win. Can't blame the fans for that one.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 12:52 PM   #122
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Still going with a narrow Illini win based largely on home court advantage. I think it's a given we get destroyed on the glass...upset possible if turnovers get out of hand again.

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Old Nov 28, 2012, 01:10 PM   #123
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No season ticket holder, ever, will just GIVE tickets away unless it's for a tax break. Season tickets, especially that close to the court, cost serious coin. They may be for sale (we put our season tickets up on StubHub, or sell at face value to friends), but they will rarely be given away. People need to make up their cash.

That being said, I think the Illini need to make it easier to sell their tickets through third party brokers (like StubHub) so seats do fill in. I think the addition of bar codes will help, since people could buy tickets up to two hours before game time and print from home, instead of having to order 3 days ahead of time and have them mailed to you.

I love the Illini as much as anyone. I want Assembly Hall to be nuts for every home game. That being said, I would not expect anyone to just give away part of a major investment like season tickets; sell, yes, donate to charity, sure, but not just hand out. If someone does do this, God bless them, but it won't be me. I'm not rich enough to take that kind of blow to my bottom line.
So... Explain how they are making up their money by NOT going to the game, NOT giving them away, and leaving the seat empty? Not sure I follow your logic...
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 01:14 PM   #124
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For a period of several years in the early to mid 2000s, Illinois had the best home record in the nation (better than Cameron, Izzone, IU, everyone). Assembly Hall is plenty loud and intimidating. When the Illini lose at home, it's because the team didn't play well enough to win. Can't blame the fans for that one.
It depends on what you view the role of "fans" to be. Even when IU was crummy, they had a big home court advantage because their fans cheered to help the team start winning instead of waiting around to cheer for a winning team. They have done that even when their teams were not playing well, which has been often over recent decades. That's why we have so much trouble getting kids from Indiana to come here. They have better fans than we do.

For those who say that the key is to give the better seats to the students, one has to take into account that it is the student attendance that has dropped off the last I heard (ignoring freebie promos, etc.). As a group, people who follow the Illini for many years (who often started as students, granted) are a more reliable fanbase than students. Orange Krush is the exception, not the rule.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 01:26 PM   #125
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