Opinion: Max out at the M.A.C.C.

Andrew Paulsen

Andrew Paulsen

Andrew Paulsen is a senior electronic media production major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].

If you are a sports fan, when do you decide NOT to go to sporting events?

Is it A) When your team isn’t winning?

The Golden Flashes men’s basketball team is 19-6 overall and 11-1 at home.

Is it B) When you can’t afford tickets?

All of Kent State’s home athletic events are free for Kent State students.

Is it C) When you know that the team isn’t going to be exciting to watch?

Chris Evans has 35 dunks this season; Justin Manns 18; and the rest of the team 25 (a team total of 78). That makes for an action-packed average of 3.1 slam-dunks per game for the Flashes.

Is it D) When no one is going to be at the game?

Average attendance at the men’s basketball games in the past six games is 3,083. The MAC Center seats just more than 6,000.

Based on that statistic, I’d say that D is likely your answer.

As a sports fan, do you wish that the men’s team sold out home games like Kansas or Duke? I sure do.

Did you know that even if just ONE of your friends were going to a Kent State men’s basketball game with you this week, the MACC would be sold out and filled to capacity?


I know what you’re probably thinking: “That isn’t sound logic. How does one friend equal maximum capacity in Kent State’s arena?”

Let me explain.

There are approximately 20,000 students at Kent State’s main campus. If you are one of those students (reading this article), let’s assume you’re going to a game and you bring ONE friend with you (sports fan or not).

Even if they’re a Kent State student, you have two guaranteed students attending. Next, assume that at least 2999 other students are reading today’s paper with you (the Stater’s circulation in 10,000) or reading online.

After they have read the previous two sentences, we now have a nice sized posse. That’s 6,000 theoretical students going to a game (not including season ticket holders and visitors).

Now of course that’s all theoretical, but the math will add up if YOU decide to actually go.

If you love sports or care about the Golden Flashes or consider yourself a basketball junkie, go to a men’s basketball game and bring one friend.

It’s free entertainment, the team is winning and they know how to throw down some exhilarating dunks.