Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
FC Dallas attendance an MLS embarrassment
Match Fit USA, March 30th, 2010 1:09AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  fc dallas, mls

MOST COMMENTED

Jason Davis explains that the saying "Everything's bigger in Texas" doesn't apply to the crowds at FC Dallas games in Frisco -- and the club is becoming an embarrassment to the league. The announced crowd of 8,016 for its season opener last weekend at Pizza Hut Park against in-state rival Houston was nearly half the size of last year's opener.

Of the eight clubs that opened the season at home, only two saw a drop from their 2009 home opener attendance (Columbus and FC Dallas). Both happen to be owned by the Hunts Sports Group, currently controlled by Clark Hunt, son of the late American soccer pioneer Lamar, perhaps the American game's most important benefactor.

HSG does do OK on the bottom line, because soccer is just one of their revenue streams. Pizza Hut Park is as much a concert venue as it is a soccer stadium. But Davis thinks the league should be very concerned about the low crowds for the club in one of America's traditional soccer hotbeds.

Pizza Hut Park is one of the nation's finest soccer venues, but it's location was a result of the club taking the only deal offered and it put its stadium too far from the region's population center and its Hispanic communities. With more time to market the club, educate the fans about where they play, and make inroads in the community they now inhabit, how is it possible for the club's attendance to be decreasing? Regardless of why it's happening, it seems obvious that something needs to be done.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Mourinho Questions Man City's Transfer Policy     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho suggested that rival Manchester City is not adhering to UEFA's Financial Fair ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
Ronaldo: Cristiano Junior Prefers Messi     
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who on Monday was named the 2014 Ballon D'Or winner, revealed ...
Debuchy to Miss Three Months     
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Wednesday revealed that right back Mathieu Debuchy is set to miss ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives