September 13, 2002

In Montreal, Soccer outdraws the Expos.: Last night the Montreal Impact became first-ever A-League team to outdraw a Major League Baseball team in the same market on the same night. 6,354 fans watched the Impact draw 0-0 with Rochester at Claude Robillard Stadium in comparison to the 4,147 who watched the Montreal Exposí at Olympic Stadium.

posted by timberlog to soccer at 10:57 AM - 3 comments

The Impact have been doing something right this season...on the field and off. Attendances have been steadily increasing all year and the team has made the A-League playoffs. Although it's not really comparing apples with apples since, with the greater number of baseball games in a season, the Expos total attendance is much higher (and therefore so is the all important revenue!) it's still an interesting story. Also an article on the players reaction to the large crowds.

posted by timberlog at 11:02 AM on September 13, 2002

I was there, at the Big O, and let me just say that 4,147 is an exceedingly generous estimate. There were so few people there, everyone got on the JumboTron twice.

posted by Cap'n Swing at 11:32 AM on September 13, 2002

Of course that opens up another can of worms entirely...how sports teams announce their attendance. Personally I have no problem with the "paid tickets + comp tickets=attendance" method, but i'd like to also see the actual number through the turnstile, sitting in seats, watching the game quoted too.

posted by timberlog at 12:34 PM on September 13, 2002

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