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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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