The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 21, 2013

Courrier column: Season’s end was a gem


The final thought will be the crowd. It’s amazing what can happen when the Mankato community and Minnesota State students come together en masse to watch a sporting event. It happens a couple times each year at hockey games, and it happened Tuesday night at Bresnan Arena.

The atmosphere that can be created in the local arenas is so electric and fun that it boggles the mind why it doesn’t happen more often. Outside of the outcome, there couldn’t be anyone leaving that building Tuesday night saying they weren’t entertained by that basketball game.

Two very good teams, playing a one-possession game for most of 45 minutes ... if you didn’t enjoy that, it’s a wonder you were there in the first place.

Come next November, the thrill of Tuesday night will be forgotten, and attendance will slip back to its usual, sad low number. There needs to be someone around who can remind the fan base how much fun can be had at the arena, watching talented college players do their thing.


Chad Courrier is a Free Press staff writer. To contact him, call 507-344-6353, email at, check out his local sports blog at or follow his Twitter feed @ChadCourrier.

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