Rapid's attendance boom

Discussion in 'Austria & Switzerland' started by Mattbro, Sep 13, 2003.

  1. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    Here's a nice little article about Rapid's attendance. The club is on course to shatter its previous attendance record for the Bundesliga:

    http://www.kurier.at/fussball/380401.php

    And here's a link to the current Bundesliga attendance averages:

    http://www.sport1.at/cgi-bin/cm33.p...ax.Bundesliga/2003&content=Zuschauer&id=54523

    I think this could be a sign that soccer is starting to boom in Austria in the run-up to Euro 2008.

    Also, Pepe Hickersberger is hoping for a sell-out in tomorrow's game against GAK. I don't know if that's realistic. Unfortunately I won't be able to make the game, as we're trying out a new bassist for my band.
     
  2. Schwarzweiss

    Schwarzweiss New Member

    May 29, 2003
    Graz (Austria)
    As long as a team plays good soccer, the people are coming to the games. Always been like this, and unfortunately ever will be. You saw Rapid's true fans after that horrible season Rapid finished in 7th...
     
  3. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    Raise your hand if you thought this thread was about Colorado.


    Stupid BigSoccer Live.
     
  4. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    True, but like the article says, attendance hasn't been this good in 30 years, and Rapid has had winning teams many times over that period. It's true that there is a feeling of euphoria, because it's such a talented young team with a lot of promise for the future. But I also think there's more to it than that. The stadium has been renovated and is now absolutely a beautiful place to watch soccer, and I also honestly believe that Euro 2008 is giving the league a boost. All the new stadiums are making the league more attractive as a whole. Plus the good performance of the... what was it, the under 19s this summer in Liechtenstein? Do you disagree that the league is becoming somewhat more fashionable at the moment?
     
  5. nymetrostars2002

    nymetrostars2002 New Member

    Jan 11, 2002
    bronx ny
    Is it a sure thing that Euro 2008 will be in Austria?
     
  6. The Double

    The Double Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    Denver
    Yeah, I think they won the draw.
     
  7. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    Yep. The final will be played in the Prater I believe.
     
  8. Wolves_67

    Wolves_67 Member

    Oct 27, 2002
    Pasadena, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    Raises hand..:(
    So did Colorado's attendence increase this year or not???
     
  9. denver_mugwamp

    denver_mugwamp New Member

    Feb 9, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    I don't read German but...

    As far as I can tell, the Rapids are out-drawing Rapid.
     
  10. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    Re: I don't read German but...

    Yeah, but we don't pad our attendance with national team games and fireworks displays. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
     
  11. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    Re: Re: I don't read German but...


    No need to get jealous.
     
  12. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    Re: Re: Re: I don't read German but...

    That was a pretty good comeback I guess, because I have to admit I'm at a loss for words!
     
  13. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    Re: Re: Re: Re: I don't read German but...


    The truth has that kind of power.
     
  14. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: I don't read German but...

    Wait a minute, wait a cotton-pickin' minute!!!!

    You're suggesting I'm jealous of the Colorado cRApids? Why would that be the case, when on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the fall I need only step out my door, take a 20-minute tram ride to this scenic location:

    http://www.worldstadiums.com/stadium_pictures/europe/austria/wien_gerard_hanappi.shtml

    ... and watch a first-place team play attractive attacking soccer played on a pristine pitch unspoiled by pointyball lines with 18,000 of my closest friends, while the wind echoes softly through the beautiful Vienna woods nearby?
     
  15. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: I don't read German but...


    Eurosnob.


















    Tee Hee
     
  16. Treetaliano

    Treetaliano Member

    Jun 29, 2002
    San Diego
    guilty as charged
     
  17. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: I don't read German but...

    (Sigh) I guess I walked right into that one, huh?
     
  18. denver_mugwamp

    denver_mugwamp New Member

    Feb 9, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
  19. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    No, yours will be called something like "Coors Stadium in the Pepsi Center Parking Lot."
     
  20. denver_mugwamp

    denver_mugwamp New Member

    Feb 9, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: I don't read German but...

    Um, I don't think tour drawing an average of 18,001 for most of your games. (Although it is a nice, if somewhat un-original looking stadium) It may be time break out the fireworks shows. I think I can round up the number for Los Tigres Nel Norte if you need it.
     
  21. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    Depends on the opponent I guess. I'll be in touch about Los Tigres Nel Norte's number when Bregenz comes to town. Actually scratch that, do you think you could set us up with Falco instead?
     
  22. LA Galaxy Fan

    LA Galaxy Fan Member

    Feb 28, 2000
    Tokyo
    Opp, I thoughts it's Colorado Rapids. :D
     
  23. tmeuz

    tmeuz New Member

    May 13, 2003
    Denver, CO
    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: I don't read German but...

    Oh yeah, well I can step out the door, take a 20 minute drive towards the foothills, and then sit in I-70 traffic for 3 hours until I reach the Eisenhower tunnel. There.
     
  24. denver_mugwamp

    denver_mugwamp New Member

    Feb 9, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    I guess the the secret is...

    I guess the secret is knowing your potential fans. So who do you have working in the kitchens of restaurants in Austria?
     
  25. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    Re: I guess the the secret is...

    I see what you're saying. We need some kind of Turkish superstar. Does such a thing exist?

    Hard to believe it took this long to establish a Rapid vs. Rapids rivalry thread on BigSoccer, huh?
     

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