In all, the three games – including the Oct. 2 homecoming game against Prairie View – put the district in the hole, nearly $6,000.
Back in September, Greenville Superintendent Dr. Harvey Franklin waived the rental fee of up to $5,000 – and said the district would recoup their investment by selling concessions.
“This is what was best in the long run, and by selling the concessions, it offered us the better value,”
However, the sparse crowd at the Valley games brought their own food, taking a bite out of the district’s plans. The money the school district had planned to gain was going to be used to fund Greenville-Weston’s six non-revenue producing sports, which were suspended this summer. The six sports have since been re-instated.
MVSU retained the revenue from each game’s ticket sales.
Of the three games at Greenville-Weston, the Oct. 23 game against Grambling saw the highest announced attendance at 3,197. The Oct. 2 game against Prairie View produced an announced crowd of 2,210 and season finale vs. Alabama A&M on Nov.13 had 2,398. (For the record, announced attendance is usually off from the number actually in attendance.)
But why so few people?
Here’s several reasons why attendance may have been so low:
- Leflore County MVSU alumni boycotted the games because they felt it made more sense for the games to be held in
Greenwood, which is less than 10 miles away, instead of 45 miles away in . Greenville
- There was some unwanted company at the Alabama A&M game – rain. I personally counted no more than 30 people on the visitor’s side – and a very sparse home crowd.
- Have you heard? Valley didn’t win a game this year.
Although the cash-strapped school district lost nearly $6,000,
“It was a gamble, but it was well worth it,” he said. “We showed we were more than capable of hosting and preparing for a large crowd.”
He did say, however, he would do it differently if there is a next time. “If we ever go through this in the future, we’ll use different strategies,” said
Compare the numbers
Let’s take a peek at the two other state SWAC schools, in regards to attendance. JSU, who hosted Southern Oct. 16 in front of an announced 42,053, averaged 25,583 fans per home game this season.
Look for more of the details on the blog and in Thursday's Delta Democrat Times.