6,000 and 10,000. These are the attendance capacities for the SCSC and Dakota Dome, respectively. Despite these relatively small numbers, they are the perfect size for the University of South Dakota. With an an enrollment figure almost 10,000 students, it should be easy to have 1,000 students show up on any given night for a basketball game.
Despite being considered a Division 1 school athletically, we are a long ways from being Division 1 fanbase. One of the most glorious things about collegiate athletics is the opportunity to go all out for our fellow students.
Look at the Duke Student Section, with an enrollment of about 15,000 students… they fill out their 1,200 student section Every. Single. Game.
What we portray is the opposite: going from tailgate to downtown, leaving the games at half-time, going to the bars for the games. The Coyotes’ only conference loss to NDSU had a measly 2,200 people there.
These are your fellow classmates, friends, and representatives of the University of the South Dakota. Staying creates a phenomenal experience, increases enthusiasm for the games, leads to better recruits, and has the potential to put the Coyotes on the national stage.
This cannot be a one time thing. Selling out D-Days and the State games make up only a part of grueling schedules where we, the student section, are needed EVERY. SINGLE. GAME.
Villanova, the NUMBER ONE team in the nation has an enrollment of about 11,000. They use a lottery system to determine who gets to go to the games. While there are financial and location discrepancies, enthusiasm is one thing we can all control.
It’s time to change the narrative, get your ass to the games, stay for them, and prove to the world who the Coyote Crazies are, make the Sanford Coyote Sports Center the toughest place to play in conference.
It all starts Wednesday, go to the game, get liquored up, and most importantly…