A couple of thoughts from my Vancouver perspective.
No, the Lions will not be opening up the upper deck this season. The reason you didn't see the curtain for their preseason game was due to the aborted Canada-Panama soccer match that was to be played Sunday afternoon (less than 2 days later).
Unfortunately, the Lions moved their bench to the same side of the field as the opposition last year, which meant many of us (including me) moved their season seats to be behind the benches this year. This means the more sparsely filled part of the stadium will be on the non-TV side (as you probably noticed Friday).
I talked to my Account Exec yesterday. I asked how tickets are moving for Saturday's concert/game he said "really fast." They are expecting a sellout. I said, that means 26K or so? He said no, closer to 30K. I think this is ambitious but whichever figure, it's a very good sign and he said the atmosphere is going to be jumping.
Credit the club since Doman took over. Lots of families, young kids at games, improved game-day experience, promotions etc. If the Leos can start winning some games you're going to see an attendance spike.
Doman just said on Donnie and Dhali that there is a good chance there could be some fans in the upper bowl. He was talking about maybe giving season ticket holders first chance at those tickers. Wondering if that means all season or what with that comment. Hopefully that happens to make both the team and BC Place look like it should.
I can assure you that this will be a one-off if they open the upper deck. Tickets will return to normal levels after this game (unless another event is planned that I am not aware of and the club is winning).
Attendance was terrible but not surprising or alarming. The game was moved to the evening of a week with very little notice or chance to prepare. Many, who have children could not come. Any from out-of-town (a good portion of season ticket holders) had a very late night if they had to drive 2 hours or more to get home. Spring seeding was delayed so any farmers (also a good percentage of STH) were not shutting down the tractors for a preseason game. Oh did I mention that it was pre-season where we watch a lot of guys who won't make our team play against a lot of guy who won't make the other team in a game that does not count in the standings. If this attendance is the number for the opener on Saturday THEN worry.
Yea, it's always struck me as odd that some people draw broad conclusions based on pre-season attendance. Diehards like us care about this year's crop of rookies and who's going to crack the roster but i don't think Joe or Jill Average really gives a hoot.
I am glad that my team gives season ticket holders a couple of FREE tickets to distribute. Expose new people to the product (although truth be told, preseason games are usually error-filled).
Well this game it appears we could be over 35k. Ticketmaster has opened up more sections and a few of those sections there’s only a few here and there left. I’m guessing but I would say around 35% of the upper bowl is now being sold.