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    ISU Baseball?

    I'm not sure if this is in another thread, but I didn't see it in my very quick search. Here is an article that recently appeared in the CR Gazette:

    ISU wants baseball back, but it costs too much | GazetteOnline.com - Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

    Nothing new here, but it does keep coming up...

    I am guessing that JP is tired of it as I am sure he would rather funnel all available dollars to FB and BB. It looks like someone will need to find donors that want to give specifically to baseball or not at all.



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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    Succeed in other sports, generate revenue, and maybe that day will come.




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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    He stated last year when we met with him, that he wants baseball at ISU.

    In fact, I seem to remember that one version of the "Master Plan" has Capp Timm Field and the softball fields getting moved over across from the Jack. Sort of an athletic complex, if you will.



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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyInSoonerland View Post
    It looks like someone will need to find donors that want to give specifically to baseball or not at all.
    There are people that are doing that..

    An interesting article, but a little disappointing with at least one outright lie...

    "Nobody has stepped forward and said we'd like to raise that kind of money," he said. "When you put the sheer numbers in front of them, it's startling."
    We had a group a couple of years ago that wanted to start fundraising, with good connections and MLB'ers involved and Jamie wouldn't take a meeting...

    Travel costs in the Big 12 are enormous because of the trips to Texas, which require charter flights.
    No big 12 baseball team takes charter flights...

    Iowa State also would need a new field, because Pollard said old Cap Timm Field does not meet Big 12 requirements and would be too expensive to fix.
    Agree 100% with this..



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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    I thought something was going a while back, but I didn't realize that JP refused a meeting. That is disappointing.



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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    We had a group a couple of years ago that wanted to start fundraising, with good connections and MLB'ers involved and Jamie wouldn't take a meeting...
    I thought it was Bruce who wouldn't take the meeting for direct/private funding?

    Were these private funders willing to endow the program, or was it one or two years to get it up and going, and that's it?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I thought it was Bruce who wouldn't take the meeting for direct/private funding?

    Were these private funders willing to endow the program, or was it one or two years to get it up and going, and that's it?
    I just know there are alot of people, especially former players that won't donate unless it is only for baseball or at least there is a plan in place.

    We had a group in order and had a rep try to contact Pollard for weeks, with no response. When he finally got a response it was something like come back when you have the money and everything else is done.

    note: not sure the EXACT response, thats the way our rep put it and he wasn't too happy about it.



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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    How many people would go to ISU baseball games when we had it? I just wonder if it is worth the trouble.



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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    Mizzu had no crowds and constantly finished at the bottom of the league. They made a small financial commitment and have been a constant Top 25 team the last few years and have had two first round draft picks. Now they are getting some decent crowds.

    If you create a product, including a nice enviroment to watch a game, people will go...



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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneryan View Post
    How many people would go to ISU baseball games when we had it? I just wonder if it is worth the trouble.
    I couldn't agree more with this. Back when we had baseball from what I understand we didn't draw many fans even though admission was free. Has there been anything to change in the last few years that would result in more fan interest today?

    I don't see ISU ever having a great deal of fan interest in a baseball team. First off, college baseball is invisible at the national level. The only time it seems to appear is around CWS time. Heck, Iowa has a baseball team, how much media coverage do we see for them? Second, it is summertime, so most students are gone, and families are too busy with summer activities to make the trip to Ames for a game.

    There is a very long list of things that needs to get done in the world of ISU athletics, and bringing back baseball is probably around number 1000 on that list.



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    Quote Originally Posted by aeroclone View Post
    Second, it is summertime, so most students are gone, and families are too busy with summer activities to make the trip to Ames for a game.
    Most of the season is during the spring...



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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    A couple of other reasons games had bad attendance. Most home games 3/5 are during the week, around 1 or 2 pm, kinda hard to get a pretty good crowd that time a day. The 'stadium', I use that term loosely, was a terrible place to watch a game and most people don't even know where it is.

    Put up a nice field, in the athletic complex, with lights, promote it and you will get crowds...



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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    A couple of other reasons games had bad attendance. Most home games 3/5 are during the week, around 1 or 2 pm, kinda hard to get a pretty good crowd that time a day. The 'stadium', I use that term loosely, was a terrible place to watch a game and most people don't even know where it is.

    Put up a nice field, in the athletic complex, with lights, promote it and you will get crowds...
    In other words, "Build it and they will come..."


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    Re: ISU Baseball?

    I used to go to a lot of games but would only catch a few innings after work. It would always be well into the second game by the time I got there. At least with lights the games could go later and make it easier to attend.


    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    A couple of other reasons games had bad attendance. Most home games 3/5 are during the week, around 1 or 2 pm, kinda hard to get a pretty good crowd that time a day. The 'stadium', I use that term loosely, was a terrible place to watch a game and most people don't even know where it is.

    Put up a nice field, in the athletic complex, with lights, promote it and you will get crowds...


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