I just want to say that I’m very disappointed with the Mardi Gras promotion. I became a CFL fan when my father took me to games in Hamilton when I was a kid, but that would never have happened if there were any promotions like that going on. My fiance came out for one game last year, but with this promotion, there’s no way she’ll come out this year.
The Renegades would be much better served by cleaning up the park and the washrooms, offering family ticket packages, marketing to school kids (who bring their parents) and having better concessions.
The Ticats proved that having a winner on the field doesn’t necessarily mean a successful organization. They went to the Grey Cup twice and still had the same number of fans, and then they only took 2 years to fold.
Bob Young then proved that fans will come out when they’re treated like customers, not like people who should feel guilty for not being good enough fans because they didn’t go to a game. They didn’t go in Hamilton because no one cleaned up the stadium, customer service was crap to non-existent, it was hard to buy tickets, marketing was crap, etc.
Oh yeah, the Renegades should hire a proper sports marketing firm and then let them do their jobs. It worked in Hamilton and it could work here.