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  • CFL Attendance Down With Tiger-Cats At Temporary Venue; Roughriders Take Top Spot

    The CFL saw average attendance decline 4% during the ’13 regular season, pushed down in large part due to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats having to play temporarily at a much smaller venue. The Ti-Cats averaged a league-worst 13,298 fans per game in ’13, as the team played home games at Alumni Stadium on the Univ. of Guelph campus while construction is completed on the team’s new Tim Hortons Field. The Ti-Cats’ figure was down 48% from the attendance at Ivor Wynne Stadium in ’12. That venue was torn down following last season. Had the Ti-Cats averaged anywhere near the club’s figure from ’12, the CFL would have likely seen an attendance boost. Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who will play the Ti-Cats in Sunday's Grey Cup, led all CFL clubs with 37,503 fans per game, up 16% at Mosaic Stadium. Coming into ’13, the Edmonton Eskimos had led the league in attendance for 11 straight seasons. The Eskimos were down 6.5% at home this season. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers also saw a good increase in ’13 at the new Investors Group Field (+9.5%) (THE DAILY).

    CFL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE TREND
    YEAR
    AVERAGE
    YEAR
    AVERAGE
    '13
    27,005
    '07
    29,167
    '12
    28,193
    '06
    28,943
    '11
    27,185
    '05
    28,437
    '10
    27,146
    '04
    27,316
    '09
    28,054
    '03
    25,239
    '08
    28,550
    '02
    24,789
    '13 CFL REGULAR SEASON ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GAMES
    TOTAL
    AVERAGE
    PREVIOUS
    % +/-
    Saskatchewan Roughriders
    9
    337,527
    37,503
    32,351
    15.9%
    Edmonton Eskimos
    9
    288,863
    32,096
    34,318
    -6.5%
    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    9
    275,734
    30,637
    27,981
    9.5%
    Calgary Stampeders
    9
    263,366
    29,263
    28,665
    2.1%
    B.C. Lions
    9
    254,797
    28,311
    30,356
    -6.7%
    Montreal Alouettes
    9
    207,042
    23,005
    22,457
    2.4%
    Toronto Argonauts
    9
    197,337
    21,926
    23,690
    -7.4%
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats*
    9
    119,683
    13,298
    25,724
    -48.3%
    TOTALS
    72
    1,944,349
    27,005
    28,193
    -4.2%
               

    NOTE: * = Team played '13 season at smaller Alumni Stadium at the Univ. of Guelph while construction is finished at Tim Horton's Field. The team's Ivor Wynne Stadium was demolished after the '12 season.

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