Having trouble filling your student section at high school hockey games?
Well, Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell High boys' hockey coach Flip Collins has come up with the greatest incentive ever to fill the stands at his team's games: Free pizza. Heck, I might start attending the Knights' games for a chance at a free slice.
Collins orders 10 pizzas to Bishop O'Connell's student sections between the first and second periods of every home game, according to a Washington Post feature on the coach. Naturally, the number of fans in the student section has reportedly risen from about 20 in their season opener to an estimated 100 in their most recent game.
“We want to enhance the experience for the kids,” Collins, a Massachusetts native, told The Washington Post. “When you play travel, you leave Saturday and come back Sunday. It’s not like you’re on the football team; your buddies can’t come watch you play.”
While the free pizza has bolstered the student section, Bishop O'Connell (9-5-2) has responded with an entertaining product, claiming first place in the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League and threatening for a playoff spot for the first time in four years.
Likewise, the number of hockey recruits interested in attending the Washington, D.C., area private school has risen from two or three annually to 15 this year, Collins told the paper.
Good things always happen when free pizza is involved. It's just science.
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