Raps drew more than the Jays last night
Old 04-07-2011, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Toronto Raptors are completing one of their worst-ever seasons, while the Toronto Blue Jays are tied for first after winning four of their first five games.

So how come there were many more fans at the Raptors game Wednesday night than at the Blue Jays game?

Apparently given the choice of an excellent baseball team or a thoroughly ineffective basketball team, Toronto sports fans prefer the hoops.

Only around 12,000 people were in attendance at the Jays game at the Rogers Centre, Wednesday night, while there were almost 15,000 people at the Air Canada Centre to see the Raptors fall to the 29th place Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Jays are getting smart hitting, sharp pitching and near perfect defence, but who's watching?

The Raptors shoot like drunker sailors and defend like ... well, they don't defend. Maybe it's the free T-shirts they shoot into the stands that brings in the crowds?
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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well.. it depends on how well the Jays do this year
I think if they continue to play well then more fans will come out

Baseball format really sucks though, they need to fix the playoff seeding and make it similar to the NBA and NHL format
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They only had 11,000 tuesday. Pretty sad.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Warmer weather and open dome will equal larger crowds. And add to that if they can continue to play well.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hell, there are empty seats at Yankee Stadium. Yankee Stadium!

And there were 15 000 at the ACC last night? Sure looked empty to me when I watched it.
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Hell, there are empty seats at Yankee Stadium. Yankee Stadium!

And there were 15 000 at the ACC last night? Sure looked empty to me when I watched it.
Please, the Raptors are horrible and still average 84% ticket sales. The Blue Jays are around 28% on a regular basis with much cheaper ticket prices. As for Yankee stadium, at the end of the season take a look at their attendance.
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Please, the Raptors are horrible and still average 84% ticket sales. The Blue Jays are around 28% on a regular basis with much cheaper ticket prices. As for Yankee stadium, at the end of the season take a look at their attendance.

if the acc sat 50000 people, do you think the raps would still be at 84%? come on...
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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probably its the fact that theyre in a dome and the atmosphere does not feel the same, i havent been to a baseball game in a long time and the pace is well, kinda slow. I bet its the athletism of the athletes and cool intermission, give-aways are whats attracting people these days and basketball is a sport that people enjoy more than baseball,

the Jays just started nothing to get too excited about.

this guys report is in bad taste.. drunk sailors? wtf i'd be pissed if i was on Raptors lol
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Blue Jays attendance is sad and nothing will change unless and until corporations start buying more season tickets. That may come with a winning team or it may be gone for good.

That said, if the Raptors had to sell tickets for 81 home games a year, they would be drawing much less than 15,000. If you also elimintated the number of Raptor's tickets that are purchased because they are tied with Maple Leafs tickets, you could eliminate even more.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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if the acc sat 50000 people, do you think the raps would still be at 84%? come on...
Thank you for bringing in logic.

And Jeff, my point is (which you seemed to miss) is that it's April. Yankee Stadium, the mecca of baseball, ain't sold out. So, it's not surprising the Jays have a lower attendance. All of baseball does poorly in April
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seems like everyone's always talking about how people should go to Jays games...but they never do
pretty good location, cheaper seats, better team, etc.....

even the Cubs had 28,000 for a game in their opening series
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i was just talking to the wife about buying tix for the family for kids day in early may. will be lots of fun. i hope to go to several games this year. only hit one last year, and that was in a box (thanks acie!)... kinda ashamed that it was the only game i saw.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:57 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Basketball is the future in Toronto. Toronto is a multi-cultural city. The younger generation embraces basketball. Go the Y on the weekend, where they hold an organized youth league, the gym is filled with kids. Go to the locker room, all they talk is B-Ball. Give it another 20 to 30 years, Basketball will compete with Hockey for Toronto's top sport. Oustide of the GTA, that's another story.
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seems like everyone's always talking about how people should go to Jays games...but they never do
pretty good location, cheaper seats, better team, etc.....

even the Cubs had 28,000 for a game in their opening series
And the Jay's averaged 35000 in their first 3 games of the season.

A few things...Raps have good attendance... period.

Raps season almost over so fans of both will see Raps.

Jays playing Oakland and Bautista is not playing this series.

While i'm disapointed only 11000 came to the game, I'm not surprised.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:08 AM   #16 (permalink)
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there are like 372647823 games left.

The Jays will be fine. They are like a virus when they win. It takes about a week before people start coming out.
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Another year and it is still almost impossible to hide the fact that the Skydome is a concrete monstrosity that provides nothing even close to the kind of "atmosphere" that would inspire someone to go to a ball game.

I'd go on my annual rant about how they need to put grass in there, but what's the point?

I'll take my boys to a couple of games, since they are clamouring to go, but that's it.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:11 AM   #18 (permalink)
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oh good lord stop complaining. Nobody cares about the "atmosphere" if they are winning. Unless they drop a few hundred million on an entirely new site and building, rendering that location un needed, it ain't happening.

Winning my friends. This is what creates atmosphere.
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Winning my friends. This is what creates atmosphere.
sure, that's one way. and was kinda what i was getting at..... for us, it's the only way. there are lots and lots of places where you get a great atmosphere just because of the venue.... and you can enjoy a visit to the park win or lose.

only 2 parks left with artificial turf..... and whenever TB gets a new stadium, we'll be the last.
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sure, that's one way. and was kinda what i was getting at..... for us, it's the only way. there are lots and lots of places where you get a great atmosphere just because of the venue.... and you can enjoy a visit to the park win or lose.

only 2 parks left with artificial turf..... and whenever TB gets a new stadium, we'll be the last.
I don't think people don't go because of turf and the atmosphere is fine when the dome is open. When it's closed it's horrible.
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