Moved that stcik, nail it right on the head, i will also add this:
I'll give my 2 cents on this, even if it's not the real Lonnie ! It might not make sense, but thatâ€™s what I think:
Montreal born & raise, moved to Gatineau in 2004 for my new work in Ottawa. Al's season ticket holder for the last 3 years, and yes, I do make the 410km round-trip to go see a game @ McGill/Molson stadium.
I also was a 99$ season ticket holder (2 passes) for the 'Gades in 2005, but i've been to games before when the Al's would visit.
I did reconsider getting 2 season tickets on Dec 10th, but decided not to get them, since Iâ€™ve seen nothing done to try and "grab" a small portion of fans from across the river. If I remember correctly, population is around 350 000 for the Gatineau region, just imagine if you could reach 1 or 2% of the population, and make them "part of the team".
NONE to almost inexistant ADVERTISING is done for the French community living in the Gatineau region, which is about a 10 Min drive to FC stadium. Even your website in french is not accurate or has broken url.
The 'Gades, do have some "French" fans, but it looks like the 'Gades are not part of the community and that's why I simply don't â€œfollowâ€? your team, even if I work in Ottawa, and was a season ticket holder in 2005.
When you hold your QB club at the Casino du Lac-Leamy, this won't get the "casual" fan, to go & participate.
1 more problem, mediaâ€¦
1.1 - Can anyone think, before making a statement in this organisation ?
1.2 - Stop the Jesse Palmer hoop-la, â€˜Gades donâ€™t even holds is rights, Montreal does !
Weather, well, as far as I know, you canâ€™t control it, so we wonâ€™t talk about it !
Games on Wednesday/Thursday, just doesn't do it for me...itâ€™s not like FC stadium is used on Friday, Saturday & Sunday for anything elseâ€¦
Banning "alcohol" at tailgates...NOT GOOD ! At least you guys can have that experience, which has been part of the CFL culture for years. If a drunk gets out of control...take care of him personally (revoke his rights as a ticket holder if you need too, ban him for up to 2 years, before he can have seats again)â€¦ don't make everyone pay for it because of 1 stupid ignorant, who goes there to get drunk, not to enjoy the sport
I was thrilled to tailgate last October with the Renegade Nation, before the Alâ€™s game and I might repeat this year again, when the Alâ€™s played the â€˜Gades !
As for â€œalcoholâ€?, Iâ€™ve seen worse from guys going to the games, that werenâ€™t even part of the tailgate, but were coming straight off some bars in the area !
The security guards, donâ€™t look like they have common sense ! Sure, remove a bag of chips that a family brings in, but let the drunk guy get in, he might buy more beer !
Donâ€™t allow him ! I lived thru an experience like this in 2004 with my pregnant wife, and had to personally ask for the removal of the â€œculpritâ€?, only when I told the guards I would call the Ottawa Police to remove the â€œdrunksâ€?, they expelled them.
Make me "feel" part of the team, and Iâ€™ll probably jump on your "band-wagon"...otherwise it will always be Go Al's Go for me !