|Too Many Empty Seats At Columbus Crew Stadium This Year|
There is lots of discussion about the Columbus Crew's attendance woes this season. The Crew have performed well this season (1st place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Division as of this writing) but has the lowest average attendance per home game (11,359/game) in MLS. That average is 22% down from last season for the Crew, and 35% below the average attendance of all MLS teams this season.
Certainly there is no limit to the opinions on why. Just check this thread on BigSoccer.com if you want to see them.
Brian Straus, (follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/brianstraus) soccer writer for SportingNews.com wrote a very interesting article on the subject today. I think he captured the issues facing the Crew very succinctly.
Here's the link:
I think the Crew can overcome the issues, but it's going to take work on their part, and support from the Columbus area population.
Get behind the Crew! Dare to be Massive! : http://www.thecrew.com/news/2011/09/dare-be-massive-initative-launched