24,500 by CFL standards is not terrible. Calgary is getting almost the same attendance with a more successful team. But in a massive stadium like BC Place it looks bad (yikes, I remember being discouraged a few short years ago when we got 28,000 and change for Hamilton!). Looks like the Whitecaps gave up their regular Saturday game and played last Wednesday night (Skulsky was probably like, "score! We pulled one over on them! Oh wait, that's a long weekend going up against the World Cup" ).
Two things are becoming clearly over-rated at the new BC Place: 1) Afternoon games. The numbers from the Island and the Interior just do not make up for the fans they're losing locally. Play maybe one afternoon game a year, especially after Labour Day if they have to go up head-to-head against the Canucks. 2) With that miniscule opening they call a retractable roof that they seem to look for excuses not to open, people don't look at BC Place as an outdoor experience. Therefore they're hurting their gate by playing summer afternoons vs evenings.
And for God sakes find a tarp or something for the empty upper deck sections. Nothing screams 'small time' than section after section of empty seats. Must be awfully discouraging for the players (I sure wish we had a summer venue like Empire, then come indoors in October). Most discouraging is that all of this was clear last year, but Braley, Skulsky, and Chayka chose to ignore it all (summer afternoon, stadium configuration etc). I guess they were relying on a "Grey Cup hosting' lift. I really don't have a ton of faith in this administration.
I agree with everything you say we have the wrong people running this football team , I remember when empire was around ( old empire not empire filed) and I think there was only 1 or 2 games a year in the afternoon, these afternoon games have worn out there popularity , to much to do during the day know, ( especially in the summer ) Ackles would have never allowed this to happen , especially with the black out rule , HD tv is killing the league at the gate , when the lions were getting 45,000 a game back in the mid 80's there was no way to watch the game at home unless you went to it , I know we can not do anything about that know , So the lions are going to have to get very creative to keep the fan interest , and making bc place looking more like a real cool football stadium is a start, but they are not even doing that , PLEASE SELL THE TEAM BRAILY GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE AND GIVE IT TO A GROUP OF OWNERS THAT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.
I AM DONE