I too was surprised to hear a couple times during the broadcast about "a packed BC Place" next Friday.
WHY such a bold statement based on no facts?
Mr. Ackles is an icon in this province but there is no way a tribute is going to generate additional 25,000 in ticket sales.
At this time of the year they could have had a free memorial service at BC Place and you still wouldn't see 60,000 show up. And that doesn't mean thousands of people aren't impacted by the loss of Mr. Ackles or appreciate what he has done for football in this province.
And the Lions are going about it the right way. We're not going to see ads in the paper saying "Bob Ackles Tribute Night" "Free buttons to every fan!"
His passing and the July 18 tribute has been front and centre in the papers and on TV in the past week.
People will make their own decision about coming to the game. But the last thing I want to see is "a disappointing crowd of only 38,000" turned up to pay their respects to Bob Ackles"
The crowd count for one hot summer night in July can not measure what he has meant to the BC Lions and their fans.