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Fun at the jumps, minus the waiting

February 14, 2012 - Ron Deuter
I spent the weekend at the ski jumps. Or, to be more accurate, I spent the weekend at Pine Mountain waiting for the ski jumps.

They finally went off Sunday, but not without several wind delays. I and the handful of others still on hand Sunday afternoon were treated to a phenomenal show, as always. I don’t think it matters how many times you see it, the jumps are always breathtaking.

But with all the waiting around during the weekend, I couldn’t help but wonder if there could be a way to add more to the experience.

I’ve had a few stops in the sports entertainment business, and it’s always been about giving a fan a total entertainment package.

When I worked at Arena Football, we used to say the fan’s experience should be like trying to take a drink out of a fire hose. Music between plays. T-shirts tosses. On-field promotions and contests, etc, etc.

I couldn’t help but wonder if it would be a terrible idea to offer more entertainment at the jumps.

Hear me out. I’m not trying to step on any traditions, just trying to enhance the experience for all. And I’m not suggesting creating more work for the ski club. Everyone knows how much effort they put in year after year.

Granted, I know a hot grill, cold beverages and good friends always make for an exceptional afternoon. It sure worked for me Saturday.

But what about a live band to entertain during breaks and delays? What about some fun games involving fan participation? Have a spin around-the-ski-pole-and-then-try-to-walk contest like you see at minor league baseball games. Maybe a pasty-eating contest.

How about some side games for the kiddies?

The ideas are endless, and most could be added to the fun for little to no cost. Volunteers or sponsors could support and organize these activities in order to not burden the ski club.

Hey, it's just a thought.



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