It's always amazing to see the Hamilton Tiger Cats fanbase, while not the biggest city around they're very passionate about their football team! The Hamilton Bulldogs - Montreal's AHL affiliate - is definitely not enjoying much of a draw from the fans but then again the city has never been hockey first. While growing up in the Hamilton-Wentworth area I definitely felt that both basketball and football were more prominent than hockey, maybe it was because that's what I played but I thought it was also a trend with my friends at school.
Despite losing seasons the crowd still turned out for the Cats, in seasons where they couldn't manage more than 5 wins on the season there was still an average turnout of more than 26,000 in a stadium pegged to hold just under 29,000 (in that 5-13 season they actually averaged 800 people short of capacity, granted that was following a winning season still shows even some success translates very well in Steeltown). But recently, the attendance has started to slip, and for pretty obvious reasons...
Only averaging 21,153 this season while on the way to putting in a second consecutive 3-15 campaign, is not a good sign - really attendance has dropped by about 3,000 at a time these past few seasons. And it's for that reason that the season tickets prices will not budge, they will stay the same and there will be no extra charge, according to Scott Radley of the Hamilton Spectator. However therein lies the dilemma, especially since so much has been made about getting back in black for the Cats - Team President Scott Mitchell has stated publicly that the team will be run as a business, and so they are intending on making money. So the inevitable hit now falls on the single game ticket owner.
I don't know what the Tabbies are really trying to accomplish here because...well maybe they didn't get the memo, but the economy is as promising as a Fine Young Cannibals reunion tour right now (hey if it can work for the New Kids, one can always dream!). The Ti-Cats organization seems to believe that people will drop more money for an entire season rather than just for the occasional game here and there, even with a stagnant and inferior product on the field. I agree with not budging the seasons ticket prices but can't help but think that the logic behind this move is rather flawed...
Radley sums it up very well himself though in his article:
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