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DDN: Raiders excited to have ‘buzz’ of fans back in Nutter Center

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

The Wright State athletic personnel did an admirable job trying to create some ambience in the fan-less Nutter Center last season.

The staff filled lower-arena seats with about 250 cardboard cutouts. Raider supporters helped by making donations to have pictures of themselves or kids — or even dogs — displayed.

Though it was a nice effort, none of them could cheer — or bark — which made for a dead atmosphere in the building.

But that will change in the home opener against Lake Erie College on Tuesday. Fans are back.

“It’ll be great,” coach Scott Nagy said. “It’s been fun this fall watching football games and the excitement in the stands. Our guys are looking forward to that.

“It’ll be a little odd to go on the road and face that kind of thing. But it’ll definitely get the juices flowing. It’s one of the reasons the guys play. It makes it exciting.”