Argo attendance getting there....

Approx. 30,000 at the Argo home opener today.
Not bad Toronto! :thup:

slowly but surely getting there... Hopefully this trend continues to climb.

and that pretty entertaining game should go a long ways!

It can't hurt.

Argos CEO Chris Rudge on disappointing ST sales, Toronto elitism and the potential for a new stadium...

[b]In a no holds barred interview, Rudge talked about disappointing season ticket sales, the stadium situation, ownership, even taking a shot at sports fans in this town who don’t consider the Argos “big time? enough to support, though TV numbers for CFL football remain impressively high (much higher than Raptors games for instance).

“In this city, whether we like it or not, Torontonians filter everything through the prism of their own arrogance,? Rudge added. “It’s got to be big time. You go big, or go home. That’s why the Grey Cup last year was so successful. We told people it was going to be big, we made it big, and Torontonians loved it.?

And, of course, winning the 2013 Grey Cup in front of the home fans.
“But that hasn’t translated into season ticket sales the way we thought,? said Rudge, “though we’re well ahead of 2011, which was a normal year. A Grey Cup year is not quite normal because you use Grey Cup tickets as an incentive to sell tickets.?
But now that things are back to normal, in that there is no Grey Cup in Toronto this year, the Argos have to fight tooth and nail to remain relevant in this market, a fight Rudge engages in every day.

Though they’re destined to remain at the Rogers Centre for a few more years, Rudge said he and team owner David Braley are actively exploring alternatives to the Rogers Centre, and he credits Braley, who bought the team in 2010, with giving the franchise the stability it hasn’t always enjoyed over the last couple of decades.

“We had for 20 years a series of itinerant owners that never seemed to stick with it,? said Rudge. “Some of them thought it would be a cute investment, there were jock sniffers, I mean all kinds of people. But they never quite put into it what it needed to sustain over time, including getting a proper stadium when perhaps we could of in the early 2000’s.

“The stadium question is the most common question asked for sure,? continued Rudge. “And I just tell the truth. I was out there for the pre-season game in Winnipeg (at the new Investors Group Field) and it’s the kind of thing that makes a guy wearing my hat salivate. We’d love to have something like that. But we’re not in that situation. We’re in transition.?

Rudge is hopeful that as long as the Argos win, the hard core fans will remain faithful, and hopefully some new fans will jump on board — and when they finally move into a new stadium, the dawn of a new, exciting age for the franchise will began.

“I can’t tell people yet that this is big time,? said Rudge. “I don’t know if we’re still on the C list. But we’re not on the A list yet. And we’ve got to climb our way back, and we recognize that and we’re working hard to do it.?[/b]

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Argo attendance getting where?? Half the Fans are Tiger-Cat fans from Toronto and the GTA? Your Management cancelled the Tailgate Party due to Rain, that's a first in Pro Sports know one else but Toronto would do that, they didn't want the fans to get wet?? And you wonder why Bills fans would rather stay in Buffalo when the Bills come to the Rogers Centre to play, bunch of whiners! Toronto should get 50,000 for every home game and have no problem with at least 40,000 fans coming from Toronto anything else is a total failure???

Why do they need Bills fan coming from Buffalo for the Toronto game, is there not millions of NFL fans in T.O? The days of 50,000 for any CFL game outside playoffs are over. The digital age has changed everything. The Argos make a profit at 25,000 fans average and league will continue to get more TV money as the CFL ratings are huge.The Argos are the second highest TV rated team in T.O. The CFL is outdraws the NFL 2 to 1 in southern ONT

Its silly to say that half the fans are Ti-cat. They are not. As for fans from the GTA. So what? Do all Habs fans live in francophone East Montreal? Do all red Sox fans live in Southie?

Perhaps the Argos "should get 50,000. Perhaps pigs should fly. 30K was an encouraging turnout in admittedly optimal circumstances ( agaisnt a rival having win the Grey Cup ) but come on show some positivity. If the Argos average 25,000 across the year it'll be acceptable.

Slowly but surely. Its starting to rub off.

The Argos should get a good turn out next week when the Riders are in town. The only team that outdraws a Saskatchewan visit to Rogers Centre is the Ticats, so these aren't exactly good benchmarks to gauge good attendance draws, but the more often that people are going to games and enjoying the atmosphere, means the more they'll return for other games.

Agreed, It's a good start, the 8,000 Ticat fans helped and all the "giveaways"
Let's see what it's like after a bad display and playing a West team.

Well Mikem that’s alot more people going to argo games than your precious Toronto (who) F(ing) C(ares), playing in a 20000 seat stadium that is not even half full for most of their games!!!