Ramblings and comments from the Bank of Kentucky Center 9th Region Basketball games

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theoldguy View Post
    Was told that attendance is down a little this year. Seems that St. Henry, and Holmes brought very few fans to their games and Ryle and Boone County brought very few to their first round games. I must say I was a little surprised by the statement, as I thought the crowds were pretty decent and the attendance for the Saturday nights games were outstanding.

    Spoke to a gentlemen who had the attendance stats for NKU and he told me that the largest crowd NKU has had this season was against Bellarmine and was around 4800 but most of the other games were in the 1000 to 1500 with one game having only 700 fans at the game. Link Seems to me at least, that the Ninth Region is pulling in more fans to view HS Basketball, than is the NKU men's team is pulling in to see Division II College Basketball.

    The Dixie students again did a great job of cheering on their classmates as did the NCC kids (congrats to both schools) but the Ryle and Boone County kids seemed to just sit and talk amongst themselves! Hopefully both the NCC and Dixie students sections will rock the BOKC Sunday afternoon!

    As much as I think the stripes are doing a good job of calling the games, there was a play in the Ryle vs NCC game that just about floored me that received a no call. About midway in the second quarter a NCC guard while dribbling on the opposite side of the floor from the benches, dribbled away from a Ryle player by dribbling out of bounds. Now it just wasn't by a toe or a couple of inches but he had to be two feet out of bounds. It reminded of a nascar race where the drivers aren't suppose to drive down below the yellow line but sometime do. It just looked so strange to see the young man just drive down along the baseline so far out of bounds and the stripe not calling it.

    I believe Dixie will be selling $6.00 tickets at their School on Sunday morning for Sunday Boy's Championship game. I am not sure about NCC but my guess is they will also! If you don't like to pay the additional two dollars or don't want to wait in a line at the BOKC, think about driving over to Dixie/NCC on Sunday morning to purchase tickets in advance. I would suggest calling first to verify the hours!

    Looks like the Champions of the Ninth Region just might want to contact CovCath after the game on Sunday! The reason? CovCath has played both the Knights of LexCath and the Indians of Madison Central and has game film of both teams! Those two teams will play for the 11th Region Championship on Monday and the Ninth is scheduled to play one of those teams in the first round of the Sweet Sixteen!
    The attendance you mention for NKU is for doubleheaders women/men. So you get to watch two games and they still have trouble drawing fans. I have been to all the GLVC venues and BOK is the best arena, but it is the worst for atmosphere, attendance, concession prices, and enthusiasm. With the success of these two programs you would think they would have a better following.
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    In all my times in BOKC these past 2 or 3 years, I've never seen the seat police other than standing by the courtside seats.

    As for traffic, come in the back side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nees1212 View Post
    In all my times in BOKC these past 2 or 3 years, I've never seen the seat police other than standing by the courtside seats.

    As for traffic, come in the back side.
    What are you considering the back side?

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    A+++ for the Bank of Kentucky. There are, however, a few tweaks I would offer.

    First- Have ticket sellers outside milling in the crowd to address the lines of ticket purchasers. (Never make anyone wait who is trying to give you money). Second - Have a subcommitte handle the national anthem. For an event of this magnitude you should have a live anthem. On Thursday (prior to Dixie vs. Highlands) the recording didn't work. After about 20 seconds of painful silence the PA announcer indicated "due to technical difficulties the national anthem will not be played." This brought a chorus of boos and about 20 more seconds of fumbling. Someone volunteered the Dixie band to do it. This sent the band scrambling for the sheet music. Dixie's band played and did a good job, but in fairness to them, would have done an even better job if they had advance notice. [I will volunteer to take care of it next year. There is way too much talent in the 9th region, glee clubs, choral groups, bands, individual kids, the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood, etc. to do the anthem on tape.] 3rd - Have more traffic control to get parkers out of the garage. There are several garage exits that are not being used post game. This creates a backlog in the garage.

    That said, I would keep the 9th Region tournament at the BOK forever. They are gracious hosts, the arena is great. NKU is a great asset to the community.

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    This is just great! They are over selling the parking garage, at least 50 cars driving up and down looking for a open space! And they are still letting cars in! GREAT planning!

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    The 9th Region tournament should be held in a High School Gym, period. I'll take the trade off of a comfortable front row seat for "bleacher-butt" smack in the middle of a bunch of sceaming students any day of the week. I know it probably never will go back to that because it's more about making money than it is about the experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckshockey View Post
    The 9th Region tournament should be held in a High School Gym, period. I'll take the trade off of a comfortable front row seat for "bleacher-butt" smack in the middle of a bunch of sceaming students any day of the week. I know it probably never will go back to that because it's more about making money than it is about the experience.
    There are a lot of positives to BOKC. Plenty of seating. You know you're getting in. Parking is solid. Seats are comfy.

    With that said, you and I are in the minority because I agree. Yes, not everyone there today would have gotten in but that's life. The environment in a packed high school gym where the fans and the student bodies are right on top of the floor cannot be matched at BOKC.

    Add in the funeral-like all-region team ceremony during the girls game. Good lord was that terrible.

    It will never go back and I can live with that but if you're looking for atmosphere the girls game today wasn't for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    There are a lot of positives to BOKC. Plenty of seating. You know you're getting in. Parking is solid. Seats are comfy.

    With that said, you and I are in the minority because I agree. Yes, not everyone there today would have gotten in but that's life. The environment in a packed high school gym where the fans and the student bodies are right on top of the floor cannot be matched at BOKC.

    Add in the funeral-like all-region team ceremony during the girls game. Good lord was that terrible.

    It will never go back and I can live with that but if you're looking for atmosphere the girls game today wasn't for you.
    Then again the Boys game was outstanding and it would have been a pity to have to leave fans outside in the cold and not inside watching an outstanding event!

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    With broadcasting every game of the tournament and being there every day early to get setup and ready to go, the staff at the BOKC are absolutely top notch. From Bill in Operations to Matt in Marketing and the rest of the staff, I say a big THANK YOU.........

    Now, that being said...............

    I have one gripe and I've had it for 3 years and after witnessing the best high school basketball game I have ever seen, and from what I have heard that the tournament will be there for the next 3 years, it really comes to the forefront.

    The Arena's policy on shooting video has to be addressed. I direct this to the 9th Region Athletic Directors........If the deal isn't signed yet, it has to be added in that media outlets be allowed to shoot video. The $10,000 amount was thrown out there again, but I call BS. This is HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL...not the NBA, not even college for Pete's sake. HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL. We have shot video at most of all of the 40+ games we have done this year, and what I don't get it that they let us do it for the Bluegrass/Buckeye Charity Holiday Classic in the same building where we could stream it LIVE.

    PLEASE GET THIS CHANGED. I think that after seeing the NCC/Dixie game today, that most folks if not all will agree. What a great game, but unless you are the Dixie or NCC video people, or you snuck a video camera in, there is no video of the tremendous effort left on that court. That's a shame.

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    It sure would have been nice to come home and watch the championship video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttels View Post
    With broadcasting every game of the tournament and being there every day early to get setup and ready to go, the staff at the BOKC are absolutely top notch. From Bill in Operations to Matt in Marketing and the rest of the staff, I say a big THANK YOU.........

    Now, that being said...............

    I have one gripe and I've had it for 3 years and after witnessing the best high school basketball game I have ever seen, and from what I have heard that the tournament will be there for the next 3 years, it really comes to the forefront.

    The Arena's policy on shooting video has to be addressed. I direct this to the 9th Region Athletic Directors........If the deal isn't signed yet, it has to be added in that media outlets be allowed to shoot video. The $10,000 amount was thrown out there again, but I call BS. This is HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL...not the NBA, not even college for Pete's sake. HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL. We have shot video at most of all of the 40+ games we have done this year, and what I don't get it that they let us do it for the Bluegrass/Buckeye Charity Holiday Classic in the same building where we could stream it LIVE.

    PLEASE GET THIS CHANGED. I think that after seeing the NCC/Dixie game today, that most folks if not all will agree. What a great game, but unless you are the Dixie or NCC video people, or you snuck a video camera in, there is no video of the tremendous effort left on that court. That's a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theoldguy View Post
    Then again the Boys game was outstanding and it would have been a pity to have to leave fans outside in the cold and not inside watching an outstanding event!
    This was a real plus for the Girls. I don't remember this big a crowd at a girls final. That's great for the girls. I thought the atmosphere was great, especially today. The school's are guaranteed $65,000 whether one person shows or not. I think the AD's no what they are doing. That's a deal no HS can make. BOKC makes it's $$ after the $65,000 and they pay refs, staff, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengal Maniac View Post
    This was a real plus for the Girls. I don't remember this big a crowd at a girls final. That's great for the girls. I thought the atmosphere was great, especially today. The school's are guaranteed $65,000 whether one person shows or not. I think the AD's no what they are doing. That's a deal no HS can make. BOKC makes it's $$ after the $65,000 and they pay refs, staff, etc.
    The 1st Ryle - Boone game last month at Ryle High School in front of a SRO crowd of more than 2500 fans is what High School basketball is all about, IMO.

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    I like the venue, but from a fan experience leaves a whole lot to be desired.
    They could sell some t-shirts, programs, and just do a little more to enhance the fan experience.
    How many times can you show the Napoleon Dynamite dance bit?
    With the money that is guaranteed no way they turn it down playing at the BOK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckshockey View Post
    The 1st Ryle - Boone game last month at Ryle High School in front of a SRO crowd of more than 2500 fans is what High School basketball is all about, IMO.
    I concur! Just ask the Walton-Verona girls team about the electricity in the gymnasium at Gallatin County on Friday and Saturday night.

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