CALLING ALL FANS: Declining attendance @ local events

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Marcus

May 17th, 2011
2:46 pm

Wish I was local … I would luv to be in position to go to Hawks/Falcons/Braves games :(

The Dogkiller Returns

May 17th, 2011
2:47 pm

Terrible ownership and decades of losing do that to a fanbase.

Oh, and people who truly think Atlanta’s pro sports venues are in “the ghetto” have never seen the ghetto.

Marcus

May 17th, 2011
2:51 pm

sadly, for this particular subject, first …

Worm

May 17th, 2011
2:52 pm

I have attended my LAST professional sporting event except for Golf, where you earn your paycheck..
Too many buffoons with inflated egos in the pros..

Toby

May 17th, 2011
2:56 pm

I hope Hawks attendance hits an all time low next year. F#$#% the ASG.

ATL Fan

May 17th, 2011
2:57 pm

Since the baseball strike, I have been to only one baseball game. It was last year; and I went out of respect for Bobby Cox.

Y

May 17th, 2011
3:02 pm

BOYCOTT PHILIPS ARENA NEXT YEAR!!!!! F the ASG!!!!!!!!!

SAVE THE THRASHERS!!!!!

ErfTonz

May 17th, 2011
3:03 pm

Well, I live in the city, but the recession and housing market hit me pretty hard. Things are looking up for me financially though and in the near future, I might be finding myself at Turner Field again.

City folks though, aren’t the biggest sports fans (I realize that I’m generalizing). The real draw is the families that live out in the northern burbs. However, with Atlanta traffic and suburban sprawl there’s no way that a working family can get home from work, change, feed the kids, load up the car, get downtown for the game, and get back home in a timely manner.

Of course, at the same time, they made that choice. Attending local, live baseball and hockey games (I prefer football on TV to the awful GA Dome) is one of the reasons I love living in the city. If a friend calls and asks me on Tuesday night if I want to take in a Braves game, I can still be home from the game in time to get a decent night’s sleep before work the next day. However, living in Buckhead, it’s still a pain to deal with the traffic getting to Turner Field. It’s still very surprising to me that there’s not an actual MARTA stop for Turner Field. Living near the Lindbergh Station, I always take MARTA to the GA Dome and Phillips.

The questions that suburbanites probably ask themselves is, is it really worth the hours and headache of traffic to head to a game that’s currently being broadcast on my 50″ HDTV in my living room.

So, in summation…

1. More families and revenue is out in the northern burbs than in the city as far as sports are concerned.

2. suburban sprawl makes it very difficult to attend a game Mon-Fri if one lives in the northern burbs (where MANY with the funds to go to games do)

3. People’s TVs and home theaters have improved markedly over the last 10 years. One can get a 40″+ HDTV and an all-in-one home theater system

4. while it would be frustrating for me personally, I think having the sports facilities further up north would be a good idea.

ErfTonz

May 17th, 2011
3:07 pm

yes. SAVE THE THRASHERS!!!

no go

May 17th, 2011
3:16 pm

Prices are too high, parking is expensive and the police / security is very rude at all the atlanta events. I stopped going to atl games 3 years ago—they want your money but don’t treat fans with respect—good riddance!

JMar

May 17th, 2011
3:17 pm

Attendance at Falcons events is so low, even the players aren’t showing up…

OTP

May 17th, 2011
3:22 pm

I’m going to honest.

It is a struggle to go downtown and the games are not as much fun as they used to be. The Braves games seem to last forever with long periods between innings for live Home Depot commercials. They’ve gone to variable pricing the ‘hot’ games. Parking and food prices are too high. Baseball has quit being ‘the show’ and is now a show.

I’ll still make the trek for football and hockey, but basketball has too much posturing. With 100+ channels the product has to be entertaining and worth the price.

Mat"T"

May 17th, 2011
3:45 pm

I am going to go out on limb here and say if your team does not exist because it moved to Canada that could hurt attendance.

AGTFan

May 17th, 2011
4:35 pm

I’m about ready to give up on all Pro sports. If the NHL is going to abandon Atlanta, and ASG can’t figure out how to get the Hawks to improve, and Liberty Media won’t spend money on the Braves, and the NFL owners are so greedy that they’ll risk the fans to screw the players, then why should I spend my hard earned money on any of them?

RACEANGEL

May 18th, 2011
9:14 am

YES IT IS EXPENSIVE TO GO TO THE MAJOR LEAGUE GAMES IN ALL SPORTS, BUT WE DO HAVE THE GWINNETT BRAVES FOR BASEBALL (ATLANTA’S AAA TEAM) & THE GWINNETT GLADIATORS (ATLANTA’S MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY TEAM). BOTH ARE VERY AFFORDABLE & ARE GREAT TEAMS TO GO WATCH.

Jimmy Crack

May 18th, 2011
9:48 am

What to look forward to…Traffic snarl and parking roulette. $11 for a stinking coke and a soft pretzel. A 50/50 chance of sitting near a fan of the away team. After the game the road to the nearest highway exit is always blocked and no help from rude traffic cops. More traffic.

As opposed to…A comfy couch, a pair of shorts and a 50″ HD LED TV with a refrigerator, a kitchen and a bathroom just seconds away (no waiting).

Hmmm…

Thoughts

May 18th, 2011
9:54 am

The presence of those minor league teams may have hurt attendance.

Maybe the NHL shouldn’t have sat out a year. They lost me and my buddies that year. I don’t care who was at fault, the fans got the short end of that deal.

RACEANGEL

May 18th, 2011
9:56 am

PARKING AT THE GBRAVES IS ONLY $5. PLENTY OF RESTROOMS/CONCESSION STANDS…ALL SEATS ARE GREAT!!!!! PLENTY OF THINGS FOR FANS/KIDS TO DO! USHERS & GUEST RELATION EMPLOYEES ARE THE BEST & FRIENDLIEST YOU’LL FIND ANYWHERE!!!

Thoughts

May 18th, 2011
10:04 am

I like the GBraves but I’d rather see the bigs any day, hands down, no contest.

Ex-ProSports Fan

May 18th, 2011
1:38 pm

Why do people, especially players, sound so surprised? Ticket prices continue to go up. Concession prices continue to go up. A large number of the players make millions of dollars & have no respect for themselves, the fans, or society in general.

All involved in the delivery of pro sports continue to make money at the expense of the fan, and now the fan has had enough. Would love to see an alternative “NFL” formed. Throw existing teams out of stadiums owned by local municipalities, impose a fixed salary structure, forbid unionization, keep ticket prices affordable, and use revenue to fund the local govts.

NFL situation is a prime example of how they have lost touch with reality. Pro Sports is a monopoly, and needs to be regulated as such.

Ex-ProSports Fan

May 18th, 2011
1:49 pm

Actually probably closer to a Cartel rather than a monopoly, but either way they have lost the right to continue to operate in violation of the spirit of the anti-trust laws.

mothers concerned

May 18th, 2011
5:09 pm

@ Jimmy Crack I agree with you, people can’t afford it right now they should lower the prices. I’m a mother of 5 kids 3 in college I don’t have money like that and I wish that I can take my other two kids to a game or even a movie.

alphadog71

May 18th, 2011
6:02 pm

My kid won 4 Braves tickets for Honor Roll years ago. After parking, popcorn, hotdogs and drinks the “free” tickets cost me $100! You really feel abused after leaving the concessions stand given the prices and service.

hiramsaint

May 19th, 2011
7:03 am

it seems that matty melt and his 72 mil payday and his 0-2 playoff record are not as sweet as they once for the fans!

broke d dog

May 19th, 2011
12:59 pm

The owners and players are making a mint while we struggle to make the rent. We subsidize their stadiums through tax breaks and then are gouged at the ticket booth, concession stand, parking deck, and souvenier shop. $35 for a stinkin ballcap with an “A” on it, I mean cmon guys! Then have the audacity to walkout or lockout?? I wont do it!