... the bottom two bowls of the stadium were full, with attendance announced as 29,852 for the game, against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the team’s largest home crowd in four years.
“It’s very gratifying,? Argos chairman Chris Rudge said.
Even with the crowd — Rudge attached a number to the volume of calls, saying the team fielded more than 1,000 ticket calls a day this week — the upper bowl was still empty. It was intentionally empty, too, closed by the team in order to fill the lower two bowls and force a feeling of intimacy into the place.
It was intimate, but still loud. ...
With the vast ocean of empty blue seats in the upper level, the stadium still felt too big for the Argos, like a child wearing a parent’s sweater. But it felt like something; it felt like something upon which to build.
“It’s not a ‘eureka’ activity,? Rudge said. “You build on it, one game after another.?