What’s goin on?
UConn Coach Bob Diaco, was at the Director’s Club Banquet, the kickoff fundraiser for the Nutmeg State Games in which he was the featured speaker Thursday at the Aqua Turf in Southington.
He held a brief question and answer session with the crowd near the end of the event.
One of the questions..
“Coach Edsall had a problem or had thought that the tailgaiting problem was a big thing; that when UConn comes on the field the capacity was less than maybe a third of what it should be. What are your thoughts and what do you think we should do?”
“That’s a great question,” Diaco said. “What we’d like to do is, we’d like to change some of the format so hopefully if you guys haven’t bought season tickets, you’ll buy season tickets, if you have bought season tickets and you have a neighbor that’s thinking whether they will or not rather than the Husky Walk [being] just that one section, we’d like to drive down to (lot) H a bit, come over and have the walk down the lot. Then I’m going to have the team enter the field through the student section to create some energy there and interface and engage with the student body.
“I don’t even know the feasibility of it but with about an hour to go, I’d like to get a cherry picker out to the lot where nobody comes in, raise it up, blast the music, get the mic and invite them all to come in. Say, ‘Guys, the tailgaiting is over, the team needs you, the coaches need you, let’s go in and get this thing done.
“Then, take the field with some energy, give the people something really exciting to watch. I was thinking about something even like between a third and fourth quarter, between the third and fourth quarter I’ll pick the song, I’ll play my ipad. We’ll do a contest of three songs, put it out there, you can vote on what song I’m going to play, you know? It won’t be Frank Sinatra….we’re going to do some things to engage the fans, engage the student body.
“We’re going to have our team stay on campus Friday’s before the games so we can interface with the student body because if the team leaves at 2 p.m., it’s a home game, but if a team leaves on Friday at 2 p.m. what’s the difference whether we’re going to Hartford or Houston? It’s the same thing, we’re packing up everything and going to a hotel so it’s really nice to be on campus on Friday nights and get a chance to interface with the student body, create some new traditions and really create a lot of energy there for the team.”