Maybe weeknight games should be cheap, cheap, cheap or family nights where one adult pays, partner and kids free. Fill those seats....That photo above doesn't look very good at all...
Weeknight games should be ****ing abolished, especially once school starts. Who takes kids to a game on a school night when you won't get home until 9:30-10:00 pm?!?
Anyone with a brain knew that this year would see massive losses. It should also be fairly obvious, at least I have been saying so since before it was even announced that a team was coming to Victoria, that merely surviving to a second season would be a huge accomplishment. It will also be effective in getting a lot of the doubters off the fence. There is a massive chunk of the community who basically revel in seeing things fail and/or are mistrustful after all the failures of soccer in Canada and Victoria in particular.
I know that Alex Campbell and the Highlanders were effectively destroyed by this sort of schadenfreude, mistrust and also a healthy dose of lack of confidence in what this town can achieve. Add to that the still overpowering "we'll never be as good as the EPL/LA Liga/Bundesliga" crowd and we get the results currently seen.
The thing is, if we can survive to next year, people will start to come around. All the interactions the team has had and will have with the local community to build trust and awareness will pay off. This year the team started playing games basically as the youth soccer season was winding down for the summer. Next year, they will have had a whole season to work with youth clubs, get their brand better known and hopefully, learn some lessons about scheduling.
And they will also be a better team on the pitch. This team is the youngest in the league by a longshot and it has taken a while to build them into a competitive unit. If they can bring back 60-70% of this years roster for next year, I think we finish at or near the top of the table rather than mid to bottom. And that also helps when selling tickets.
Edited by tedward, 12 September 2019 - 08:21 AM.