In a message dated 4/1/2005 6:53:50 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Attendance: While the Wolf Pack recently clinched the first-ever
Geico Cup by going 6-4 against their state rivals in Bridgeport this
season, the Sound Tigers are on target to win the gate battle.
Entering the weekend, the Sound Tigers have averaged 5,452 per game
en route to a total of 185,369 through 35 games. Hartford, with five
dates left, has averaged 5,007 per game for a total of 175,246.
A year ago, the Wolf Packa ttracted more fans than the Sound Tigers --
5,514 to 4,864.
The Wolf Pack, who have never drawn fewer than 200,000 fans in any of
seven previous seasons here in Hartford, will be hard-pressed to
surpass last year's all-time low of 220,579 or 5,514 per game.
As disappointing as that numbers for both state teams are with the
league average at 5,901, several teams around the league average do
average fewer fans per game.
Springfield, who has been an eternal fixture in the league, is
averaging 3,675 per game for a total of 128,643 through 35 games.
This a poor job of reporting. Take away the two Nassau Coliseum games and
the Tigers are under 160,000 for 33 games at Harbor Yard. That's under 5,000 per
game. Last years 4814 per game was way overstated. I'd bet the real average
was maybe 4200. This year they seem to be reporting very close to the actual
count, so 4850 or so is probably a pretty accurate number.
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