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08-29-2010, 10:17 PM
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Albany has had 7 games against Western Conference opponents, with an average reported attendance of 2587 at the games. Their overall average reported attendance is 3768 over the past seven seasons. (I did not count Rochester or Syracuse in those numbers because I wasn't sure when they were sent to the West.) There are 46% more fans reported at the Eastern Conference games, on average.
I'm going to go out on a limb as guess that it's significantly cheaper to rent a bus and drive to Glens Falls, Binghamton, Syracuse or any of the non-overnight cities (games that we'd be losing) than to fly and book hotel rooms for at least 25 people.
It costs way less to play team teams, and they sell fewer tickets to the home games. Seems like a lose/lose proposition.
Albany's highest attendance in those years was 2005-06, when they played zero western conference opponents, and were in a division with the New England teams.
Sure it costs less until your bus driver crashes.....
And those games, you do not indicate if those games were friday saturday or tuesday games, were there giveaways, the weather conditions, etc. All of these play a major role in attendance at minor league games.
The FACT is the eastern conference teams play minimal games against teams in the midwest or the south, if they even play any games.
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