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Old 03-20-2012, 01:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was watching some European B-ball and question suddenly it struck me, Do we have a fan group of Raptors? Example for this is Zalgiris (main group ''green death'') They have fan club related meetings and all that. They sit in certain section of the arena, and cheer for the team. I believe members get discounts as prearranged by fan club president. So does something like that exist in Tdot that i don't know about? If not maybe we should make it happen?
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nope. It's not really a north American thing. Some teams create fan groups.... But it's not natural. There are fan groups in football (the dog pound in cleveland) and in college they have student sections.
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But why not? We should be the first ones in the nba to start it
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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they have one for TFC

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Old 03-20-2012, 03:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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its says soccer fans..
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its says soccer fans..
tfc plays soccer..
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've been watching live sporting events in Toronto since 1993, at the Dome, at the ACC, and at the good old Gardens; and the only thing I've ever thought was lacking, was more fan participation.

Canadian fans (and I assume USA fans as well) sit back and watch the sporting contest as if it were a piece of theatre, or other form of entertainment. Whereas in Europe, the fan views himself/herself as part of the action, and believe they can create an atmosphere to inspire the team to victory. Therefore you tend to get songs, chants, flag waving, fireworks and flares being set off etc etc.

Obviously each to their own, and if it's not in the North American culture, then it may never catch on; but I know for a fact from talking to players and officials of the various teams that I support, that the fans' efforts are appreciated and do help inspire the team to perform better.
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ya nick it's totally a north american thing.

there's a completely different culture when it comes to being at a sporting event here and in Europe. and a big change like that will probably never happen. It will never happen on its own and i can't see the teams or the leagues encouraging it. North American sports are marketed as family friendly events.

The only reason why you see it with MLS clubs now here is because they're doing everything they can to recreate a european atmosphere and their doing this as a concious decision to carve out a niche. which is cool because i lean towards that kind of support.
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It's particularly a Toronto thing. Although younger fans are changing that dynamic I think. I can see something taking root with the Raptors if they started having any kind of success. It would likely be in the cheap seats. The corporate buyers have zero interest and don't mind missing huge chunks of games.
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...........there's a completely different culture when it comes to being at a sporting event here and in Europe. and a big change like that will probably never happen. It will never happen on its own and i can't see the teams or the leagues encouraging it. North American sports are marketed as family friendly events...................
Although I don't think that a European/Ultras style of support is necessarily opposed to a family friendly event. People see the hooligan behaviour of certain soccer crowds and tar all soccer fans and all sports with the same brush.

Here in the UK for example, we have lots of vocal support, flags and banners etc etc at Rugby League games; especially those involving Wigan and St Helens, yet there is probably no sport in the world that is more geared to families than RL ......... it prides itself on its family atmosphere.

However I agree with you, that if it isn't part of the culture, it'll probably never take off.
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Something like this couldn't deter families from attending , and it would make JV feel right at home ......



Although add some flares, and it's even better .........

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some arena dont even allow outside food... not sure how they'll feel about the flares
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LOL I know, but there is no raptor fans group
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some arena dont even allow outside food... not sure how they'll feel about the flares
That's why I'm saying that official group leaders would negotiate those kind of things. I'm not saying to go crazy, but have some chants dress the same colours etc.
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That's why I'm saying that official group leaders would negotiate those kind of things. I'm not saying to go crazy, but have some chants dress the same colours etc.
the most passionate fans are not really the wealthiest ones. they can't afford to go to 20+ games a season. I know in Europe they have special low prices for the supporters sections but thats not the same here. its more of a corporate crowd that takes up the good seats a majority of the time.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:27 AM   #16 (permalink)
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the most passionate fans are not really the wealthiest ones. they can't afford to go to 20+ games a season. I know in Europe they have special low prices for the supporters sections but thats not the same here. its more of a corporate crowd that takes up the good seats a majority of the time.
Hmm well as its not like all of the fans have to show up, for every game. As long as there some suport. With so many first generation Europeans living in Toronto I think it could work. Obviosly with some help of Raptorman getting goodticket prices.
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Raptors tried to start the Fanatics last season. Basically these guys all dressed up and acted goofy, but it didnt really catch on.

And a friend tried starting a Twitter group and was given a handful of tickets to give away.

If the team gets good again, my guess is they will try again. Raptor fans tend to only go to games to support a good team. This aint the Leafs.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:50 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:09 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Things like that don't really happen in the nba if this could be done and team would start winning (more people would join) and this becomes like a little hobby. Raptors would be known as the team with best fans in the league or at least craziest
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:10 AM   #20 (permalink)
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The Kings fans of Webber/Divac era came as close as it gets in NA to the "rabid" description - cow bells, face paint, generally a great home atmosphere that the opposing teams hated to face.

I can see something like this happening in TO if Raps were to start winning. I've been at the playoffs game vs. the Sixers when VC went for 50 and let me tell you - the arena was charged and on its feet pretty much the whole game.
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