SGA hopes free food will boost attendance at football games

Senators will try to convince Mark Carter to hand out hot dogs before Saturday's home game

Student Government Association senators have proposed a remedy for low football game attendance -- hot dogs.

Wednesday, SGA unveiled its efforts to convince Mark Carter, the owner of Carter's World Famous Hot Dogs, to give a free hot dog to students attending Saturday's home football game.

SGA will pay for the hot dogs.

If Carter agrees, hot dogs will be given on a first come, first serve basis to possibly 200 to 300 attendants, said Student Services Director Amanda Govaert.

Govaert said she wants the give away to increase participation in Ball State activities and encourage people to attend football games.

"We want students to get into the stands and get rowdy," she said. "Because Carter is not in the village anymore, students kind of miss it," Govaert said.

Carter's restaurant closed June 27, but he sells hot dogs from his cart Wednesdays through Saturdays after 10 p.m.

Govaert said senators are not sure if the free hot dog offer will last beyond the first game. They want to see how well students accept it at the first game, she said.

Football was the focus of another suggestion. Senator Katie Wiese said football games could be used to help community involvement in Ball State events.

Wiese said some senators want to try to offer a discount for members of area businesses to be admitted to the games. In return, she suggested, members of the community could use their ticket stubs for discounts at sponsoring businesses.


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