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Great series this weekend with Coastal - really fun time to be at the Ballpark. El Gato mentioned it was his first game at Bobcat Ballpark in several years, and wasn't too impressed with the game day experience.

I've been coming to games since 2007, and haven't missed many home games in the past 5 years or so but here is my general list of complaints/suggestions regarding the game day experience. I know this plays into the "message board guy who can never be happy" reputation, but I'm really just trying to bring some awareness to some of the things I've noticed around the ballpark in the past few years.

Between inning promotions
-They've been the exact same promotions for at least 5 years now. They're not creative and they're predictable. There is little to no fan participation. They're not good. Minor League baseball has the most creative promotions in the sports world - cannot we not just steal from them?

Scoreboard
-The scoreboard is really hard to see anytime the sun is shining. The light bulbs need to be replaced with LEDs.
-I'd really like to see speed of pitch on the scoreboard.
-Neither of these two are as expensive as they seem.

Video Board
-First of all - nice to have one, I know only about half of the teams in our league have one; BUT:
-we never use it for anything other than showing the batter's picture and name.
-No replays (at least show the close/blown calls and great plays)
-No stats (the small screen below the scoreboard flips between BA/SLG% and occasionally H-R-HR-RBI) but the videoboard is never used to show advanced stats (team or individual)
-No scores (at least show the other Sun Belt scores and/or the Texas teams)
-No social media interaction (I don't care about this but I know students probably do). Use this hashtag and have your message up on the scoreboard or show photos that people took and tagged between innings type of promotions.
-No Bobcat baseball history or anything promoting former players. Between innings you could show a quick highlight of Donnie Hart striking out Bryce Harper this past year and then a 20 second update on his MLB season this past year and his time as a Bobcat. We have enough guys playing MLB/high MiLB right now to make this relevant.
-No current baseball players introducing themselves. This was done a few years ago. The guys would introduce themselves, list the reasons they came to TXST, and say go Bobcats. It doesn't appear we're doing this anymore.

Ballpark
-The speakers are 8 years old, they need to be replaced
-No complaints at all about the beer sales. The lines move quick enough (especially if the people in front of you use cash). The selection and prices are fine. Really glad we have this. Visiting fans are appreciative (especially if they cant buy beer at their home park).
-I rarely eat at the concessions stand so I can't really comment. Like the basketball games this year, there are guys walking around selling food/drinks (no beer).
-The music this year has been better. In the past few years, I've noticed that we kept playing the same 10-15 songs. They were good ballpark songs but it was just very repetitive. I've noticed the music library is bigger this year.

I know this is a long bitchy list but I think we have a really nice ballpark and overall our game day experience is pretty good - but there are some things that can be fixed and I don't think discussing them is a bad thing. I know some of them just haven't happened because we don't have the budget for them right now (notice I didn't mention locker rooms), but some of them, I think, are really due to a lack of creativity and effort.


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Between inning promotions
-They've been the exact same promotions for at least 5 years now. They're not creative and they're predictable. There is little to no fan participation. They're not good. Minor League baseball has the most creative promotions in the sports world - cannot we not just steal from them?

Scoreboard
-The scoreboard is really hard to see anytime the sun is shining. The light bulbs need to be replaced with LEDs.
-I'd really like to see speed of pitch on the scoreboard.
-Neither of these two are as expensive as they seem.

I used to get kind of frustrated with the promos. They never pulled from the "old" fans. It was always a kid or a student; like we wouldn't want a chance at a free tee shirt. They were the same promos from 2009-2013 (last time I could go before we moved). I guess that hasn't changed. They need to get those people down to Whataburger field. They have some fun stuff going on.

The scoreboard used to be a football scoreboard (from BCS) and it's got to be about 10 years old. It may not be equipped to do what you are suggesting but I do agree with you that it would be nice to see other/updated stats.


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https://twitter.com/TxStateBaseball/status/840624675755565056

I think the videoboard can handle what ever the computer running it can handle.


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Agree with all of that. That was basically my experience right there as well. Especially the scoreboard thing with that glaring sun.

Been to games at Disch-Falk in Austin (to watch the :cat: of course) and many Round Rock Express games, so yeh there are plenty of examples up 30-45 min up the road to steal from RR Xxpress game are pretty fun and if you can keep a 4 yr old (well 3 at the time) entertained then you are doing your job. By the 3rd inning on Sunday my little one was asking to go home.

Send who ever is charge of these things to a couple of games up north with a notepad and a video camera (hell just use the video on your smartphone), steal it all, and tweak it to tailor it to our team.

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Thought I'd shed some light on this.

First off, you have a marketing office that pulls longer hours than almost anyone I know. You've got four guys in charge of marketing & promotions for 9 men's/women's sports that are active right now. Up until last week, it was 10.

They're always the punching bag because they're the easy target. They very rarely get any kind of kudos for doing more with less than probably any other department in FBS.

Yeah, the minor leagues have great promotions. They also have an entire office (with more than 4 people) dedicated to ONE team. They've got a small arsenal of interns and part-time employees every season. It takes manpower to pull off minor league promotions -- manpower our office doesn't have. Our guys have to pull teeth just to get the spirit program to send someone in a Boko costume to the rubber match of a conference series against the defending national champions. And even then, Boko never showed.

You complain about the in-game activities and promotions being the same, but I've been to a number of college baseball games (peers and Power 5) that are far more boring and generic. Go to another Sun Belt game (aside from ULL or Coastal) and see how much better it is (it's not).

You also have to realize the client has a big say in these promotions. If Learfield sells a sponsorship to a new client that calls for an in-game promotion, then maybe you'll see a new promotion. Or maybe a new client will see that the "Hat Shuffle" (for example) is available because Company X didn't renew. They say, "I like that. Put me down for it."

But a lot of the clients have been with TXST for awhile, and *they* like the promotions that have their name tied to them. They don't necessarily want to change it.

So complain all you want, but this all boils down to resources, both human and financial. Without more money and more people, you can't expect to get the same product as teams that have more money and more people.


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Agree to an extent.

Resources are scarce...yeh I get that...but execution is not related to resources. Maybe what they need then is stronger leadership? Someone who knows how to go in and fight for their program and make things happen with what they have. Be creative, think outside of the box and make it work with what you have. One working speaker is lame. It may just be the others actually work? Maybe they just are not hooked up correctly? So take the time to diagnose the issue and figure it out is the first step. Then you discover like 4 of them are just not functional, ok. Either use your allocated budget wisely to fix that, or go and find the next higher person up and let them know "I need x amount of money to adequately perform this job so that we are meeting the expectations from our alumni and fans." The person who is announcing the games is great! Just wish we could hear him more.

You know the details of how my job works and my wife as well. You know that in our field there is an immense pressure to be successful at contest. Where my wife teaches and I used to be is the "Eastside" of Austin. Very limited resources, horrible budgets, and constant battling with administration. However we were both able to find creative ways and especially she has found a way to be successful despite these shortcomings. Point is, no matter the situation we have found a way to make it happen. I will not lie though. It is tough.

I get it, you likely know many of these people and I don't want to come off as they are horrible people who hate every thing Bobcat and don't care about their jobs. However, that is not to say some constructive criticism and some self reflection are in order in order to deliver an amazing product.

That said, I look forward to returning to another ballgame and enjoying the time with my wife and son again. Maybe we will see you and yours the next time we make it out there (been a while since we have seen you guys).

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So we have our damsel in distress, and we have our "do better" drill sergeant. We've also identified exactly where GoGatos works...

Both parties have made solid points but I'll start with this one:

GoGatos wrote:
They've got a small arsenal of interns


We've got a pretty large applicant pool available. Yeah, a lot of students these days are worthless and wouldn't want to do an unpaid internship but out of all of the students I'm pretty sure you can find a few. They would be pretty good at doing the grunt work like begging Boko to make appearances and doing focus group type things to figure out ways to solve the hat game problem.

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Been going to games for about 10 years.

Stadium needs to be upgraded. Add concession stands under 1st base bleachers, maybe down 3rd base line. Get rid of batting cages down 3rd base lines, move them behind the outfield fences.

Replace the speakers, they suck, or maybe it is the sound system. Whatever it is it is unacceptable for it to blow out my ear drums multiple times a game.

Score board needs LED lights, impossible to see during the day.

Official scorer needs to be replaced. S/he has no idea how to score a baseball game. More than one incorrect each game. Really pisses me off.

I dont give a shit about the songs, video board, or crap they do between innings. I would really like a MPH pitch board though.

Need to put more $ into the facilities I guess is what im saying.

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TXStateFratBoy wrote:
So we have our damsel in distress, and we have our "do better" drill sergeant. We've also identified exactly where GoGatos works...

Both parties have made solid points but I'll start with this one:

GoGatos wrote:
They've got a small arsenal of interns


We've got a pretty large applicant pool available. Yeah, a lot of students these days are worthless and wouldn't want to do an unpaid internship but out of all of the students I'm pretty sure you can find a few. They would be pretty good at doing the grunt work like begging Boko to make appearances and doing focus group type things to figure out ways to solve the hat game problem.



The grunt work isn't glamorous, but it's effective. During my time there, I was the Greek liaison and had to meet with every fraternity and every sorority individually in addition to going to the intrafraternity council meetings and PanHellenic council meetings.

This was at a time when the Greek organizations still had the boycott of athletic events because of the fraternities that had been expelled a few years before. The reception was ice cold from fraternities (to say the least) and lukewarm from sororities.

Eventually I worked with the president of one sorority to come to ONE event in the Spring. To this day, they are the only sorority that shows up in numbers to all the basketball games (Alpha Xi Delta). It took six months (Sept-Feb) to get them there.

Intern grunt work is effective, if not always glamorous or visible.


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