Originally Posted by osmo
Even with a crappy team they still averaged 22,000 fans. You are understating how many people show up to TFC games. TFC brought in 375,463 people this year, a new record, and most in Canada out of our three MLS franchises. They have a waiting list for season tickets, people like to think this franchise is for the dogs when it brings in people and money each year even with a joke of a team.
Which leads to the reason of the expansion in the first place.....
So only going with the west side of stands is too small, and the majority of the concessions are on the eastern side.
Actually, majority of concessions are on the West side. The stadium club all the suites, and most of the main concession stands. Furthermore, they were avergaing 22 000 tickets sold not 22 000 in the stands. The last month of the season they avergaged 19 000 tickets sold and maybe 12 000 in the stands. Fans are once again fed up.
I a was TFC season ticket holder for the first 4 years and tradded my tickets in. After this years abysmal season for the 8th season in a row TONS of ppl aren't renewing. Woulnd't be suprised to see a renewal rate this year below 70%.
It's been proven in the past that their waiting list means nothing. For the first 5 years they had a massive waiting list. Then after the 6th year when spots opened up they called people on that waiting list and most people declined the oppurutnity to purchase tickets.
Also the break down of capacity at BMO is as follows
West Side- 10 000 (main structure with main concessions and amenties ie. suites, club bar, club entrance, media facilities)
East Side- 7000 (bare bones structure exposed to the elements)
South End- 3000
North End 1800
Sprinkle in some standing room seats and sideline seats and you have your 22 000 plus number
I Frequent the Red Patch Boys forum often. Sentiment leading up to next year is not good. They'll be lucky to sell 22 000 seats against next year. 30 000 will see tons of empty seats.
Don't be fooled the expansion isn't happening for TFC, its happening so MLSE can host yearly outdoor leaf games.