Midnight madness in MLS?

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by Boloni86, May 15, 2007.

  1. Boloni86

    Boloni86 Member+

    Jun 7, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Gibraltar
    Are there any markets in MLS that could pull off a midnight match? I always loved the idea of how NCAA basketball used Midnight Madness as a marketing tool. MLS needs to showcase it's young partying face a little more. The supporter groups would give midnight madness a very distinct look that could be a great marketing tool.

    I'd personally love to see DC United inaugurate it's eventual new stadium with a midnight game. That would set the stage for an anniversary midnight game for each following season. There's nothing like tailgating deep into the night, climaxed by a game from 12 to 2.

    Of course I'm not sure how that works with the alcohol license (last call is 2:30 AM in DC), or with the city police/fire marshall in general.
     
  2. krudmonk

    krudmonk Member+

    Mar 7, 2007
    S.J. Sonora
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    I'm not sure that the additional crowds it would draw for partying would match (let alone outweigh) the losses in family types who don't want their kids up late. Any adults who wouldn't stay up late on their own should just move to Arizona and get on with the end of their lives.
     
  3. Boloni86

    Boloni86 Member+

    Jun 7, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Gibraltar
    But for all the marketing aimed at kids like "Youth Soccer Night" and "Free soccer ball for first 1000 kids" etc..., would it kill them to add a "supporter night"? I'm not saying any MLS team needs to pull a 180 on its marketing target, but a little inclusion under the tent would be nice.

    And believe me ... having a midnight sporting event in the city will raise eyebrows with the general public.
     
  4. MNAFETSC

    MNAFETSC Member

    Feb 5, 2000
    Blacksburg
    Dosent Midnight madness only feature teams from out west like Gonzaga home games where its only 9 pm?
     
  5. TFCSteve

    TFCSteve Member

    Apr 16, 2007
    Toronto
    I would love to see a midnight match at BMO. Night games at BMO are going to be incredible with the skyline in the background (my first is this wed, but the sun is going down too late). Sadly, I doubt the TFC will do it anytime soon, we need to solidify ourselves before trying crazy gimicks like that (though I doubt we would lose many of our supporters for a midnight game, good public transit for late night Toronto, and most fans would not miss a game not matter the time).
     
  6. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Midnight Madness generally refers to the start of the allowed practice period when teams have a practice/scrimmage at midnight on the first legal day. Lots of schools make those into big events to kick off the season but they aren't real games.

    There are Mountain/West Coast games on TV at midnight Eastern time but I don't think those are referred to as Midnight Madness.
     
  7. Boloni86

    Boloni86 Member+

    Jun 7, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Gibraltar

    In addition to the official midnight madness practice sessions, I think some schools have the pajama party games that start late. The students sections come to the game all decked out in pajamas. I think Cincinnati may be one of these schools ... I really can't remember, it's been a few years since I've followed NCAA closely.
     
  8. iceman309

    iceman309 Red Card

    Apr 21, 2006
    bmo should have a midnight madness game, then have an after party at guvernment night club, since its down the street.
     
  9. ritsoccer86

    ritsoccer86 Member

    Jul 18, 2005
    TFC is in the perfect position to have one. Their fans deserve it!
     
  10. Rooney20

    Rooney20 Member+

    Jan 8, 2007
    New York
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It would be great for fans...not so good for players.
     
  11. greekchampion04

    greekchampion04 Member+

    Apr 2, 2006
    Richmond, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    toronto fans deserve nothing... theyve had a team for only a few weeks and they have their own stadium.. we DC fans have been going out to the swamp for 10 years and what do we get?
     
  12. Boloni86

    Boloni86 Member+

    Jun 7, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Gibraltar
    We get 4 championships, and we get to kick TFC's ass in front of their "superior" fans this weekend.
     
  13. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Late games, sure, usually driven by TV but "Midnight Madness" events are scrimmages.

    I don't think anyone has games starting at midnight local time. If I'm wrong I'm sure someone will correct me.
     
  14. Justin O

    Justin O Member+

    Seattle Sounders
    United States
    Nov 30, 1998
    on the run from the covid
    Club:
    Seattle
    I'm pretty sure this is the only thing midnight madness refers to. Hence my confusion about what this thread could be about since there are no restrictions on when MLS teams can practice.

    I've never heard of a real college basketball game starting at midnight local time. The only sporting event I've ever heard of starting at midnight is a summer solstice baseball game played in Fairbanks, Alaska (with no lights) played by the local semi-pro baseball team in the Alaskan league.
     
  15. Ringo

    Ringo Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    Rough and Ready
    Club:
    Yeovil Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    i'd settle for a little madness at the regulary scheduled time. you know, a full house. noisy fans. they won't come out at 7 p.m.
    but yeah ... i could see midnight working.



    of course, if ESPN says we'll put the game on TV if you play it live at midnight, you can bet your ass that MLS would do it. they'd even dress the players up in chicken costumes if ESPN said they'd show the highlights on sportscenter.
     
  16. JeremyEritrea

    JeremyEritrea Member+

    Jun 29, 2006
    Takoma Park, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Q: Midnight madness in MLS?
    A: No.
     
  17. wolfp10

    wolfp10 Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    What he said.
     
  18. TorFC-TML

    TorFC-TML New Member

    May 5, 2007
    Toronto
    LOL

    Anyways. This will never happen. Who are you kidding?

    The Leafs or Yankees could sell out a game 3am if they felt like it. But why would anyone want to. As has been said, it sounds like 'Midnight Madness' is just an intra-squad game.
     
  19. jade1mls

    jade1mls Member

    Jul 9, 2006
    Seattle


    A Pony for Jeremy Eritrea?


    oh and these..

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  20. Salop

    Salop New Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Shrewsbury, UK
    Weirdly enough, I remember Barcelona playing a game that kicked off at 1 am once. Something to do with them wantong to maximise the rest time between the league game and a Champions' League match.

    Seriously though, unless a club had a reason like that to do it, what would be the attraction of a midnight kick off in any league?
     
  21. United1

    United1 Member

    Feb 23, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    So, you officially want to kill off MLS, right?
     
  22. MannyMayhem

    MannyMayhem New Member

    Aug 4, 2006
    Studio City, CA
    Seeing as most municipalities throw a shit fit if an outdoor event goes past 11:30-midnight, I find it HIGHLY unlikely that any town is gonna say "ya know what, yeah...let's toss 10-20K people into a stadium and let em yell til 2:30 am...and then drive home drunk"

    As much as I'd love to get hammered at midnight watching a match, I can't see it happening with any regularity. Maybe a one-off type event but that's about it.
     
  23. hipityhop

    hipityhop Member

    New Mexico United
    United States
    Jan 10, 1999
    Mission TX
    Club:
    SønderjyskE
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    they could drink till sunup! screw the game.. let's party!
     
  24. BakedAlaskan

    BakedAlaskan Member+

    Feb 28, 2002
    Ancho-RAGE,Alaska
    Club:
    TSV 1860 München
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I love how DC United fans are always unintentionally funny. Always good for a laugh.
     
  25. JeremyEritrea

    JeremyEritrea Member+

    Jun 29, 2006
    Takoma Park, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My humor is intentional. The thread starter? Not so much.
     

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