2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Attitudes & Behaviors Related to Truman Athletics Attendance
Rebecca A. Kudrna* and David R. Buhler
Ms. Liz Jorn and Mr. Jerry Wollmering, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this study was to determine why people choose to attend or not attend Truman athletic events and what could be done to improve attendance. One of two surveys, attendance or non-attendance survey, was administered to a total of 97 (M=37, F=60) students, staff, alumni, and other Truman fans. Surveys included 18 questions related to demographics, history, and motives for attendance and were all administered during a time when an athletic event was taking place. Subjects frequently cited busy schedules and apathy toward sports as reasons for not attending. This study revealed that there is a desire for athletics to be better supported by fans, while at the same time students indicate they have no time to attend games. Subjects suggested that door prizes, increased advertisement and publicity may help improve attendance. These findings may be helpful to athletic and public relations departments interested in boosting fan attendance.

Keywords: Attendance, Athletics, Sport Fan

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 43-1
Location: VH 1000
Time: 3:45

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