I was unable to attend the most recent Apple Cup, but I was fortunate enough to see the most recent game against San Diego State. CenturyLink, as is common knowledge, is the loudest stadium in the NFL, but despite this, the energy at this game was remarkably low. And it's not just because of the slightly-above-50k-people-crowd. Sure, the win wasn't dominant, but nobody even seemed excited afterward. It was as if everyone in attendance was tired.
The student section at CenturyLink is positioned directly behind the South endzone rather than at mid-field. The Huskies were not as dominant as many hoped they would be. The attendance was lower than it was at last year's Eastern Washington game. The stadium, at least to me, feels less intimate. Tailgating is far more difficult at CenturyLink, and if I'm not mistaken, there is no leaving at halftime allowed (I am not of drinking age, but my dad half-jokingly said that the halftime booze-boost is not to be underestimated). These are the possible reasons I could think of for the diminished energy.
People, even the student section, were leaving early. There were no "Go.....Huskies!" chants going across the stadium. I guess the purposes of this post are to see if other fans in attendance or people watching on TV noticed, if the energy was like this at the Apple Cup last season, if people might know other potential causes of this, and if you all expect improvements as the season goes on (perhaps all it takes is some adjustment and getting-used-to). Thoughts?