Metros are only 5th in attendance?

Discussion in 'New York Red Bulls' started by MetroFever, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. MetroFever

    MetroFever Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia
    According to SoccerAmerica, the MetroStars rank only 5th in average attendance and are only slightly above the league average mark. I don't ever recall them being worse than 2nd in attendance.

    Are other teams following Nick's lead and fudging their numbers even more? Some reasons can be attributed to the novelty of playing at the Home Depot Center and some fan promotions that KC did earlier in the year. However, it doesn't completely explain the MetroStars drop in attendance in comparison to its' peers.

    With Dallas coming in to town on Saturday, the Metros could drop to the bottom half of the pack as I'm not sure even the Burn's spouse's would want to be seen in attendance.

    Why have the Metros slipped in attendance in 2003?


    MLS: Attendance Average

    TEAM: home attendance average
    1. Los Angeles: 21,625
    2. Colorado: 17,079
    3. Kansas City: 16,101
    4. Columbus: 16,025
    5. MetroStars: 15,778
    6. D.C. United: 15,332
    7. New England: 15,009
    8. San Jose: 10,051
    9. Chicago: 11,622
    10. Dallas: 7,834
    League-wide average: 14,641.
     
  2. Kevin

    Kevin New Member

    Does that mean we won't qualify for the CONCACAF Giants Cup?
     
  3. Paul Nasta

    Paul Nasta Member

    Oct 16, 2001
    Long Island
    I think one factor is the lack of doubleheaders this year. In the past, there have always been at least a couple of doubleheaders that would draw 30 - 40 K, raising the average a bit. I wonder how the average attendance this year compares with past years' averages less the doubleheaders.
     
  4. soccerfan

    soccerfan BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 13, 1999
    New Jersey
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Re: Metros are only 5th in attendance?

    EXACTLY !!!!


    i don't have the sources to research this, but Metro average was always raised by doubleheaders, this year we had NONE...to be honest i hate silly doubleheaders
     
  5. In Bob We Trust

    In Bob We Trust New Member

    Jan 5, 2003
    doubleheaders are effective, but i just wish they would be matchups that metro fans would be more interested...i was born here, but my parents are colombian...my dad knows plenty of people that go when colombia or a colombian club come, but of course these same people could care less about metro...more importantly, many of us could care even less about the colombian national team and them playing galapagos islands or whoever else MFO decides they want to target to make a quick buck...it's obviously not easy to get quality games to be played on the same day as a metro match, so i guess i'm OK with our number being at 15k (obviously we want it higher), but then you look at conference leading SJ and $hitcago and wonder what their excuse is for barely getting 10k...i guess im just trying to look at the glass being half-full
     
  6. Brownswan

    Brownswan New Member

    Jun 30, 1999
    Port St. Lucie, FL
    Are we ahead of DC? Yes. End of discussion.
     
  7. futbolrey

    futbolrey New Member

    Dec 20, 2002
    Burke, Va

    Isn't interesting that the two hottest teams in mls both Chicago and San jose have one of the lowest attendence in the league, yet LA and Colombus have one of the highest attendence yet their teams continue to suck?
     
  8. JeffGMc

    JeffGMc Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    New York City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Chicago is also currently out in the sticks and a lot of people have not gone to games this year intending to get to new Soldier Field at the end of this week. We shall see if that happens, but the numbers reportedly look much better for next year already.

    San Jose? Well, it's a tiny place that nobody likes to go to.
     
  9. red&black1

    red&black1 New Member

    Mar 8, 2003
    Kearny NJ
    What kind of attendance number on avarage would u think the MetroStars can achieve in a new Harrison stadium??

    In my opinion, if they can continue to play well through the next two seasons, an average of 23,000 - 25,000 doesn't seem too off the mark considered that we should keep all the existing fan base and attract many new fans from the new location alone.

    The idea to build the stadium in its projected location is ideal for a growing organization and a growing league. Harrison, Kearny, and Newark will all be walking distance from the new grounds and all three towns are deeply-rooted in soccer and a hotbed for soccer enthusiasts. With the increased revenue from the several new SSS planned for 2006, MLS will be able to put the surplus(if there is any) back into the teams and perhaps raise the salary cap and aquire some more recognizable foriegn players. It might not be too long before the new MetroPark will have to be permanantly expanded to its 35,000 capacity.

    Year 2010, imagine attending a Metros regular season match against DC United at MetroPark and watching superstars 23yr old Eddie Gaven and 27yr old Ricardo Clark take on DC's 21yr old sensation Freddy Adu in front of 30,000 screaming fans with a 5000 person strong ESC under the bandshell chanting and singing through out the night...

    a person can dream cant they?
     
  10. MetroFever

    MetroFever Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia
    Thanks for pointing out the lack of doubleheaders this year....I forgot about that.
     
  11. Shabs

    Shabs Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    NYC
    Off topic, but if Freddy Adu is still in MLS when hes 21, somethings gone horribly awry with his career, or amazingly great with the MLS.
     
  12. red&black1

    red&black1 New Member

    Mar 8, 2003
    Kearny NJ
    Amazingly great with MLS... thats what the whole dream sequence was all about. Trust me, i dont expect Gaven and Clark to be playing in MLS neither at their current rate of development.
     
  13. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Move MetroStars.
     
  14. cliffkram

    cliffkram Member

    May 4, 2003
    Brum via NYC
    He'll neeeeevvveeer beeeeeee a Metroooooooo
    or rapid, or burner(?) or galaxian, or firerer or anything else in mls...sadly...
     
  15. dcrpoop

    dcrpoop BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Dec 15, 2000
    Hell'sKitchen is my
    A big reason from a MFO insider is that MFO lost some of their best sales people like Greg Pzarchek, Jeorge Guarda and James Martin. I hear those guys were resposible for big time attendance spikes.
     
  16. Wolves_67

    Wolves_67 Member

    Oct 27, 2002
    Pasadena, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Since LA has always been at the top, or 2nd a couple of times at most, in attendence, it can't all be attributed to the novelty of the HDC.
     
  17. Zamphyr

    Zamphyr Member

    Mar 31, 2003
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It all depends on how enjoyable they make the parking experience. The Meadowlands are located at the intersection of 2 major highways, very easy to drive to. The move to Harrison is great for NY soccer fans but could become a driving nightmare for NJ carpools and soccermoms.
     
  18. MasterShake29

    MasterShake29 Member+

    Oct 28, 2001
    Jersey City, NJ
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Excellent idea, how about 3 years from now?
     
  19. Will they update Nick's resume to reflect the drop in attendance?

    "In 2001, Sakiewicz continued to engineer major growth for the team. The MetroStars earned their second straight MLS Cup playoff berth, more than quintupled its corporate sponsorship revenue over the previous season, and averaged more than 20,000 fans (20,806) for the first time since the team’s inaugural season in 1996. The attendance figure represented an 18.1% increase over 2000, and marked a 41.5% increase over 1999, the season before Sakiewicz came to the organization."

    http://www.metrostars.com/yourteam/nick_sakiewicz.htm
     
  20. red&black1

    red&black1 New Member

    Mar 8, 2003
    Kearny NJ
  21. metrocorazon

    metrocorazon Member

    May 14, 2000
    Uhmmm therees 2 major highways less than 1/4 of a mile from the site. Not to mention that everyone in NJ can get to it with mass trans too.
     
  22. ibcnu424

    ibcnu424 New Member

    Sep 9, 2003
    Originally posted by red&black1
    Year 2010, imagine attending a Metros regular season match against DC United at MetroPark and watching superstars 23yr old Eddie Gaven and 27yr old Ricardo Clark take on DC's 21yr old sensation Freddy Adu in front of 30,000 screaming fans with a 5000 person strong ESC under the bandshell chanting and singing through out the night..


    You watch and see, Adu is going to be signed by Man Utd. very soon.
     
  23. red&black1

    red&black1 New Member

    Mar 8, 2003
    Kearny NJ
    I know i know..... thanx for ruining my dream sequence....
     
  24. ibcnu424

    ibcnu424 New Member

    Sep 9, 2003

    sorry for the bad info, he will go to Chelsea, my mistake
     

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