NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY – The stands are packed, fans are screaming, and the thunderous sound of stomping feet fills the Gallagher Center and Dwyer Arena as Niagara University students cheer on their sports teams.
This is the potential that the N-Zone has to offer, but for many years that kind of atmosphere has only been created at one or two sporting events a year. In a joint effort between Dr. Patrick Tutka of the College of Hospitality and Tourism and members of Niagara University’s Sports Management Association (SMA), this is something that they hope can be changed.
“We’ve seen pictures of what the N-Zone used to be, and we just want to bring that excitement back to Niagara University sports,” said SMA Vice President Daren Dunnewold.
“Every year the basketball game at home versus Canisius draws a huge crowd and has a ton of energy, but we want that feeling at every home game.”
Every year there is a small fee to join the N-Zone, and that usually will get students who sign up a free t-shirt to wear to the games. This year, however, there are several more incentives being offered to the students who pay the ten-dollar fee.
Plans are still tentative, but incentives may include (via myNU):
- Exclusive winter hat
- First rights to student tickets for every home basketball and hockey game
- An incentive program in which the more games you attend the greater your chances are at prizes
- Free giveaways including trips and NU gear