TIME TO UP OUR GAME Beyond the scoreboard and higher energy crowds, fans will also be impressed with SUU’s game management in terms of the fan experience moving forward. Says Beazer, “Our fans are going to walk in and go, ‘Wow, this is different. This is big time’.” Game management changes include enhanced programming for burgeoning in-conference rivalries— SUU has two close competitors in Northern Arizona and Weber State—changes in the season ticketing structure, broader and more accessible concessions and increased home game broadcasting that, according to Beazer, “really gives us a chance to showcase SUU and our community and fans.” Again and again, talks of SUU’s prospects in the Big Sky turn back to the alumni, boosters and students who fill our stadiums. “Just being in the Big Sky conference, there is a tendency to go ‘Wow, we’ve arrived’,” says Beazer. “We haven’t arrived. We’re in the gate, and now it’s up to us to move forward—it’s up to me, it’s up to our coaches, it’s up to our student athletes and it’s up to our fans.” It's up to the fans. You, our alumni, hold an important stake in SUU's success in the Big Sky, according to Beazer and Mindy Benson (’94), executive director of SUU Alumni Relations.
Benson's plea to all SUU alumni: "SUU will finally play in your neck of the woods, and we need you to suit up in your Thunderbird red and be a strong presence in the stands. Attend the tailgates, get your family involved. Be loud and proud, and let's show our opponents what thunder in the Big Sky is all about."
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