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Monday, August 06, 2007

Arkansas attendance was lacking

While the accommodations were great and the fans were enthusiastic on Saturday night in Little Rock, the attendance was disappointing for an af2 playoff game.

We've heard a lot about the Arkansas Twisters' great crowds over the years and were expecting a 5-digit crowd for the game against the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings. The Twisters averaged over 5,300 fans during the regular season but just 4,516 showed up for the first-round playoff game.

In other low lights, Manchester had 3,481 fans, Tulsa managed just 3,151 and Quad City drew a playoff low 2,562 fans for their home playoff game. Spokane, which was eliminated from the playoffs by Louisville, was the shining star of the week with 8,272 fans.


Blogger Roy Lang III said...

Jimmy, that's how minor-league playoffs in any sport work.
The front offices don't have the luxury of group and corporate tickets, so 99 percent of teams will see an attendance drop during the playoffs. They have less than a week to sell ticket as compared to an entire season.
I'll give you a pass since this is your first foray into the postseason. But if the Battle Wings had a home game, the story would be the same.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Watson said...

Happy to get corrected by an expert. This may be the Battle Wings first playoff and they need to bow down to the great and holy Mudbugs, but I've only been around this for 30-plus years. I can assure you the Battle Wings could beat that number. If they can get past Rio Grande this week and Tulsa loses, we'll see what Butch Bellah can do with a week's notice.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Roy Lang III said...

Dang, after 30 years of covering minor-league sports, you'd figure a fact or two would get in the story about why attendance is lower across the board in the postseason.
Heaven forbid there is a blog/story with facts and the reasons behind them and not just ripping the opposition or stroking the home team.

9:28 PM  

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