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Majestic Realty Scraps Backup Plan For UNLV Stadium But Still Holds Right Of First Refusal
Published July 19, 2013
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME? In Las Vegas, Ray Brewer notes UNLV last college football season only had "about 4,000 season ticket holders," and there "weren't nearly enough fans at Sam Boyd Stadium to make an impact." But UNLV interim AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy said, "We want people to come out and make a difference." She said that "nearly 80 percent of the season ticket holders from last year have been renewed." In addition, another 250 "have been purchased, helping them reach 96 percent of their revenue from last year." UNLV last season "ranked last out of 10 teams in the Mountain West in averaging 15,208 fans per game, or 41 percent of Sam Boyd's 36,800 capacity." UNLV "needs more fans to help create a true home-field advantage, but locals traditionally won't support struggling programs regardless of the team or sport." They will "jump on the bandwagon once a team starts winning." UNLV "isn't the lone Mountain West program faced with poor attendance." In following the "same pattern as Las Vegas, league teams struggling at the box office also struggled on the gridiron" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 7/19).