Well folks, after our outstanding dialogue on some of the loudest moments at Hinkle, it has left me wondering... What realistic measures can be implemented to make Hinkle Fieldhouse a more ominous venue for visiting teams? If our University budget for basketball isn't going to expand, perhaps there's some things WE can do to make Hinkle more fun, loud, and more attractive to potential recruits. As neat as Hinkle is to the casual fan and "national sports writer", I do feel that there is a LOT of room to grow to make Hinkle a tougher place to play for opposing teams. And before you tell me to contact the school about this, I've already sent multiple emails to Gameday Ops on the issue (they haven't listened - maybe they're intimidated by my profile picture). Perhaps a board thread with multiple people involved can provide us with some actual change/progress. Below are my thoughts... ------------ 1. MUSIC - What the hell are we doing? Do we have some sort of contract with Bruno Mars and the cheesiest songs in the Top 40? I feel like I am at an Elementary School Field Day when attending games. I'd rather listen to Miss Lippy read the Puppy Who Lost Its Way. Let's ramp it up a notch. Let's play some music that will get our most important crowd members (students) involved. Maybe some EDM pre-game, maybe some Seven Nation Army after a big run when the opposing team takes a timeout. Get the students engaged and KEEP the students engaged. If the upper deck of students isn't standing, it's a failure - that should be the approach! Search Allen Fieldhouse loudest moments to get an idea. We've gotta be better... PREGAME SUGGESTION: tastefully implement sound bytes from Hoosiers (Jerry Goldsmith) while playing highlights on the video board. It is unique to Butler/Hinkle, and can show BU's rise to prominence as an underdog while energizing the crowd. If done right, the whole crowd will have goosebumps. The u4 on CBS of Butler/Duke did this and it was incredible - look it up. 2. SITUATIONAL AWARENESS - Nothing is worse than having a big run interrupted by a C-Club Faculty recognition. Let's use the B-U-.....TLE......R-U-A BULLDOG cheers when the moment is right, instead of strictly at the under 4. I get that we have deals with advertisers, but be flexible with them! 3. FLEXIBILITY - We've pegged our big "White-Out" games for "DePaul" the last 4 years (or so it seems). Be creative with how we use our promotions to add some hype to the BIG games. If we're playing Nova on FOX NATIONAL, quickly implement a white out AND a dollar beer day, so "BIGHOSS" can delete 2 thousand beers, take his shirt off, expose his chest/belly (no white shirt needed), yell his ass off and be part of a menacing white clad crowd that will help us win, and make Hinkle a national spectacle. 4. DRAFT BEER - it's JUST BETTER than canned beer. MAKE IT HAPPEN BARRY!!!!!!! I KNOW THE RENOVATION FACTORED IN BEER KEG LINES!!!!! Folks, I have one mission in life. And that mission is to make Hinkle Fieldhouse THE TOUGHEST PLACE TO PLAY IN AMERICA. Can you help Big Hoss? Looking forward to some great discussion. NC Jon, have I gained a second nut?