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elly63 Nov 10, 2017 12:05 AM


Originally Posted by JHikka (Post 7981455)
The Canada/US Women's friendly soccer match at BC Place this evening sold out the lower bowl, which is what Soccer Canada was more or less expecting for the match.

Thanks for reminding me, I'll be watching. Look out for the "Next One" 16 year old Jordyn Huitema. There are two other 16 year olds and a 17 year old on the roster.

BTW, it is Canada Soccer or as it is better known by us old timers the good 'ol CSA.

JHikka Nov 10, 2017 2:16 PM

Women's International Friendly
Canada 1-1 USA
BC Place, Vancouver

isaidso Nov 10, 2017 9:39 PM

Why do they call it a 'friendly'. By extension, are the others unfriendly? :uhh:

elly63 Nov 11, 2017 12:08 AM


Originally Posted by isaidso (Post 7982547)
Why do they call it a 'friendly'. By extension, are the others unfriendly?

Canada/USA is never friendly and now that it looks like we've finally caught up to them, I'll enjoy the unfriendliness even more.

JHikka Nov 11, 2017 5:41 PM


Originally Posted by isaidso (Post 7982547)
Why do they call it a 'friendly'. By extension, are the others unfriendly? :uhh:

The others would be competitive.

UrbanClimate Nov 14, 2017 5:10 PM

Division Semi-Finals net out as most watched in three years

"TORONTO – Yesterday’s thrilling CFL PLAYOFFS doubleheader scored massive audiences on TSN, as overnight data from Numeris confirms that the CFL’s Eastern and Western Semi-Finals broadcasts were the most-watched in three years, averaging 1 million viewers overall. This year’s semi-finals saw an increase of +7% with total viewers over 2016, and made TSN the most-watched network in Canada on Sunday.

Overall, 4.3 million Canadians watched some or all of the Eastern and Western Semi-Final games."

elly63 Nov 16, 2017 3:44 AM

Argos keeping prices reasonable as they try to draw fans to the CFL’s East final
Double Blue learned from Grey Cup experience "that there's still work to be done in this market."
Drew Edwards Hamilton Spectator Nov. 6, 2017

The Toronto Argonauts have been presented with an incredible opportunity by earning the right to host the East final at BMO Field. They can also advance to the Grey Cup.

The Argos’ struggles for relevancy in the packed Toronto entertainment market are well documented but team president Michael Copeland is hoping a home playoff date — not to mention two weeks to sell it — could be an important step in the club’s long march back to prominence.

“I think this has the opportunity to boost what we’re trying to do here more than anything else we’ve done before,” Copeland said.

Toronto will host its first post-season game since moving from the cavernous and perpetually empty Rogers Centre two seasons ago. The Argos will have just under two weeks to fill 26,000 seats for the Nov. 19 final. The team has adopted an aggressive marketing strategy that adds a large dose of traditional media to its already extensive digital footprint, including billboards, print, radio and television ads.

They are also leveraging the extensive media properties under the control of part-owner Bell Media. Running back James Wilder Jr. was on the TV show The Social on Monday morning.

“We’re not assuming that everybody has had the greatest relationship with the Argos, we’re trying to cast a way net to bring those people in,” Copeland said.

As they have been all season, the Argos have also been aggressive in their pricing, with tickets for the East final ranging from $19 to around $150. With a season-ticket base of just 4,000 or so, that means they have a lot of ground to make up, one ticket at a time.

“It’s absolutely a focus of ours that this is an affordable game and we understand who our fan base are,” Copeland said. “This is about getting people in and making sure they have a great experience and being thoughtful about pricing helps.”

They appear to have to learned a lesson from last year. The team was heavily criticized when it announced sky-high ticket prices for the Grey Cup, which was also held at BMO Field. Sales were sluggish and the team was forced to slash prices and give away scores of tickets to sponsors and partners in order to fill the stadium.

“If we’re going take anything away from Grey Cup, it’s that there’s still work to be done in this market,” Copeland said.

That’s a change as well. The move to BMO Field was touted as a magic elixir for a languishing franchise and Copeland now acknowledges the return to relevancy will be a long, slow process.

“At the very beginning it might have been frustrating not to have the results right off the bat but what it did was shed a light on the challenges and opportunities we have in the market,” Copeland said. “It’s really important for us to continue to show people what the experience is like and being in the playoffs and being in a game of this stature certainly helps.”

elly63 Nov 19, 2017 2:46 PM

Argos threatening to do the unthinkable: sell out BMO
Drew Edwards 3downnation November 17, 2017

According to Toronto Argonauts play-by-play man Mike Hogan, ticket sales for Sunday’s East Final continue to be strong. Like, really strong.

Hoagie knows some people in Argo-land so I think that “unofficially” is as official as it gets without it being, uh, actually official.

The Argonauts said earlier this week that they’d surpassed the 20,000 mark and the team has engaged in an all-out marketing and media blitz to sell the game. Capacity at BMO Field is about 26,000 with an extra 1,000 or so seats added for the MLS playoffs (take it easy soccer peeps, the Argos still get better TV ratings than you.)

If there are truly less than 3,000 tickets left than a sellout is an actual possibility but just as importantly, the stands will look mostly full on TV – no more blurry and depressing Twitter photos from cynical media types engaging in a certain kind of Double Blue schadenfreude over empty seats.

Rider fans are taking plenty of credit for the rush on tickets this week and they’ll certainly be a sizeable, loud, and likely drunk green contingent (not that there’s anything wrong with any of that.) But maybe, just maybe, we can take this as a sign of hope that the Argonauts might just make a go of it after all.

Denscity Nov 19, 2017 8:07 PM

Great to hear

elly63 Nov 19, 2017 8:48 PM

Strange, the end zones and behind the camera (on reverse angles) look full. The side opposite the camera before the first half ended looked pretty full aside from one section at the end. After the half there seems to be more empty seats in view, odd considering the game is going down to the wire.

elly63 Nov 19, 2017 9:34 PM

Attendance 24,929

elly63 Nov 20, 2017 5:45 AM

Calgary vs Edmonton
Attendance: 30,116

Hackslack Nov 20, 2017 12:11 PM

I have a feeling the Toronto sask game had got huge tv ratings.

EpicPonyTime Nov 20, 2017 8:26 PM


Originally Posted by elly63 (Post 7991523)
Calgary vs Edmonton
Attendance: 30,116

Is the capacity for McMahon still 37,000?

elly63 Nov 20, 2017 8:27 PM


Originally Posted by EpicPonyTime (Post 7992272)
Is the capacity for McMahon still 37,000?


Hackslack Nov 20, 2017 8:54 PM


There were definitely a lot of empty seats for the west final. It did turn out to be a cold afternoon with the cold wind.

GernB Nov 20, 2017 10:42 PM


Originally Posted by Hackslack (Post 7992316)

There were definitely a lot of empty seats for the west final. It did turn out to be a cold afternoon with the cold wind.

I can't remember the last time I saw a game where the upper level seats in the corners were sold. Not surprising given the lack of legroom and aluminum benches there.

isaidso Nov 20, 2017 10:57 PM


Originally Posted by GernB (Post 7992489)
I can't remember the last time I saw a game where the upper level seats in the corners were sold. Not surprising given the lack of legroom and aluminum benches there.

Was thinking the same thing. Those corners are always empty.

elly63 Nov 21, 2017 9:06 PM

CFL Division Final games post best TV numbers of the year
Drew Edwards November 21, 2017

A pair of entertaining playoff games produced the best TV ratings of the season for the CFL on Sunday.

The East Final between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts is now the highest rated broadcast of 2017, posting an average viewership of 1.41 million on TSN. The Argos won a thriller 25-21 as Ricky Ray led a game-winning drive in the final minute after the Riders stormed back from a double-digit second-half deficit.

The West Final was just as good with the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos going down to the wire in a 32-28 Stampeders win. That game produced an average viewership of 1.34 million on TSN. It’s now the second-most watched game of the year.

Even TSN’s pre-game show did well, posting 660,000 and making it the third-most-watched sports program of the day after the two games. The CFL handily beat both the NFL and the NHL on Sunday.

elly63 Nov 21, 2017 9:20 PM

Sunday’s CFL playoff games watched by 1.4M on TSN and RDS Staff November 21 2017

Sunday’s nail-biting CFL PLAYOFFS doubleheader were watched by 1.4 million Canadians on TSN and RDS, overnight data from Numeris confirms. The CFL’s Eastern and Western Finals grew 19% with total viewers on the two networks over last year, with almost 6 million Canadians watching some or all of the finals.

On TSN, the CFL’s Eastern and Western Finals saw double digit increases across all key adult demos, with growth in A18-34 (+39%), A18-49 (+27%), and A25-54 (+16%), and both finals matchups ranked in the Top 3 programs of the day on Sunday behind only the AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS on CTV.

The Eastern and Western Finals delivered strong results in the Toronto/GTA market, with viewing of both games more than doubling (+115%) compared to last year. In Calgary, audiences for both games also grew 31% vs last year, with the Eastern and Western Finals ranking as the #1 and #2 programs of the day in the Calgary market.

The Eastern Final, featuring Saskatchewan @ Toronto attracted an average audience of 1.5 million as the Argos secured a win with a last-minute touchdown drive, leading to a 25-21 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In the Western Final, an average audience of 1.4 million viewers watched as Calgary withstood a valiant fourth-quarter rally from Edmonton to claim a 32-28 victory.

The CFL PLAYOFFS culminate with complete live coverage of the 105th GREY CUP presented by Shaw – one of 60+ iconic championships that live on TSN – live from Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TSN and RDS.

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