While the Horned Frogs continue to find ways to win games, the Purple Haze student section is looking for new ways to get TCU students to come out and support the team.
“Our goal from the very beginning has been ‘how can we increase student attendance and that excitement and energy regardless of what’s happening on the floor,’” Andrew Felts, treasurer of Purple Haze, said.
The Frogs moved their home court to the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center while the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum gets a $63 million makeover. Wilkerson-Greines is located about 20 minutes from TCU’s campus and as a result has made it difficult for many students to make it to the game.
One of the solutions Purple Haze is looking into is a shuttle service run through TCU Athletics that would transport students to and from games.
“I was anticipating more students to go on their own and we really hadn’t seen that yet,“ Felts said. “So I think early on that the sentiment kind of changed that it wasn’t financially reasonable to have a bus.”
Felts said that now that the Frogs are on a win streak and the nonconference part of the schedule is coming to an end, Purple Haze will begin to push the shuttle idea forward with TCU Athletics. They’re hoping to have the logistics figured out by the start of the spring semester, once the Frogs start playing conference games.
Purple Haze is continuing the points system it established last year with prize rewards for students who attend the games. They also are planning to have a handful of theme nights, such as a beach theme for one of the games.
Felts said nothing is set in stone yet and is open for discussion right now, but if TCU keeps winning, then Purple Haze will keep pushing to get students out to Wilkerson-Greines.