Lack of fan support may call for change in venue
Over the past seven days, while attending several athletic contests, in most cases as I exited the premises one question kept running through my mind.
What has happened to the local support at sporting events in Dyersburg?
Last Saturday while covering the Big River Bowl, walking onto the field for the first game was almost embarrassing. The stands, except for a small number of supporters for both Kansas Wesleyan and Cumber-land, were basically empty.
Perhaps it was the fact the game was being played on Labor Day weekend and most outdoor types were busy barbecuing and spending time with family and friends to bring the summer to an end.
If that was the reason basically no local support turned out for the bowl games, then I could live with it, but I think it goes a little deeper than the games being played on a holiday.
Over the past four years there have been three Big River Bowl events, and you could combine the crowds together over all four years and still have plenty of seats left.
Is it the fact that no one locally really knew about the teams coming to town? I don't think so due to the fact it was advertised pretty well in the paper and I'm guessing on radio stations as well.
After driving through and around town for most of the week, I never saw the first sign welcoming the teams to Dyersburg, other than the game banners put up by members of Team Dyersburg.
Do we not wish to welcome visitors to our community? Do we not wish for those coming to town for a couple of days to come back again in the future? By the amount of support shown, or lack of it, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that most simply don't care.
This is one of those days when I hate to be critical, but locally we all dropped the ball when it comes to supporting the bowl games.
If Team Dyersburg wishes to continue, perhaps a name change to Team Dyer County should take place and the game or games moved to Choctaw Stadium in Newbern.
The fine people of Dyersburg have proven over the last four years that they are not going to support the efforts of those only trying to do something positive for the community. In not supporting the event, it seems a change may be the answer and I'm sure the fine folks in Newbern would make the most of the opportunity to showcase three of the top four NAIA teams in the country.
Having said that, I'm sure there are some already with high blood pressure, but seeing the lack of support at what should have been a great event had mine boiling too.
Have a great week supporting what you choose to support.