Edmonton to close upper bowl in 2024

With attendance tending down in recent years it was only a matter of time so they’ll want to improve the atmosphere and open it up based on demand like BC. Lower bowl capacity 31,000

Season ticket holders in the upper bowl are being offered the same price point.

From what I recall BC lost many when they did the same thing years ago.

Time will tell how this does

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Not to mention the wind can be pretty icy up in the nosebleeds. I’m sure the shelter down low will be welcome

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Condensing the audience to create a more intimate setting can’t be a bad thing… right?

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It’s also difficult or impossible and expensive to open concessions and washrooms and run security in a large area with relatively few people.

No criticism of what I consider to be an obvious move. If there is a demand they can always open the upper deck or portions of it which I think they said they would do.

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They were at one point the class of the CFL.

They have been trending down.

Better to have limited seating and a bigger crowd than having a sparse one.

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Short-term yes.

Longer-term, which at the current rate is looking shakier than before, well it does send a bad message with regards to viability of the club.

The empty seats will be covered by tarps, which looks somewhat better on TV, but the illusion is not everlasting.

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Sad day for the once mighty franchise. Lead the league in attendance for close to a generation and once boasted 50,000 season ticket holders. Sad day indeed

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I was part of those huge season ticket holders, but I was younger then. It was interesting and exciting back then, but these days there is just too much sports and other things

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Thanks for sharing. Goes to show just how poor of a job the league as a whole (and in this case the Eskimos) have done string relevant with modern sports fans. As you say there are many more options for sports fans nowadays and the league needs to take a hard look in the mirror, and take some real steps to address the situation

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CFL when compared to the hyped NFL, is an acquired taste. NFL is apple pie to Americans. What’s worked is Promotions and maybe events. Edmonton has around 30,000 attendance with a Taylor Swift concert promo in Paris, more of these types of promotions. And tie in Elks games with local events - - close off roads to the stadium to have night markets And close off roads for parties such as Caribbean days, Latin festival, Halloween beer hall, Thanksgiving party, and so forth. In the long past, there were bingos for cars.

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Just wondering : could part of the stadium be renovated where seats are converted to suites. Management complains the stadium is too big and they need a new, smaller one. No one has $100 million, or so, for a new stadium but renos??

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This strategy hardly surprises me, for this is where all the new stadiums have invested far more with success.

In short unlike all those cheap seats that are hardly ever paid and filled, corporate suites are paid for in advance by firms with higher amounts for entertainment budgets, and then there is all the food and drink, beyond whatever is included, and other high spending from many in those suites.

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WTF, how many games in the CFL season? Football is an event, an experience. Lower the upper bowl ticket prices so a family of five can come to a game for fifty bucks, they will spend for drinks, food & stuff. Fill the house, develop a winning team and the joint will be rocking once again.

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