Sunday night's opponent, the North Carolina Tar Heels, represent one of the best home games on Tech's schedule this season and a chance to finally fill the "Thrillerdome"
Thus far this season I estimate the lost money due to poor attendance to be around $148,510 in TICKET SALES ALONE. If you add in parking, concessions, and merchandise the number is probably double that or more.
Here is a breakdown of estimated ticket revenue losses starting with the UGA game where any hope for this season and Hewitt was likely lost.
UGA $86,310 lost without a full arena
Sav. St $24,195 lost without 75% full arena
Mercer $15,980 lost without 75% full arena
Charlotte $22,500 lost without 75% full arena
Now, its true that if Tech beat Georgia then they would only be 8-7, but you have to understand this fan base to know how important beating the Bulldogs. In can could put a damper on otherwise great seasons (see GT football in 2009) and put a great exclamation on others.
I am not the only one noticing the attendance woes. Macon Telegraph beat writer Coley Harvey throws in a jab to the "home crowd" likely in attendance at Alexander Memorial Coliseum to see Tech and UNC.
Hewitt previews the UNC game with Atlanta media