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« on: April 26, 2022, 08:04:28 PM »

https://www.cfl.ca/2022/04/26/touchdown-atlantic-game-sells-out-in-one-hour/

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TORONTO - The 2022 edition of Touchdown Atlantic has sold out. The CFL's east coast classic between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Toronto Argonauts is set to be played at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., on July 16 at 3 p.m. AT / 2 p.m. ET. In anticipation of the game, downtown Halifax will be transformed into football central for three days of fun and festivities from July 14-16.

"We're blown away by Atlantic Canada's passion for Canadian football," said CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

"From our football celebrations for the whole family, to the action and energy of the big game, we wanted this year's Touchdown Atlantic to offer something for everyone. And all our fans throughout the East Coast and across the country have responded with a firm and resounding message, welcoming CFL football back to this incredible part of the country."

The capacity at Acadia University?s Raymond Field was increased to 10,000 for this year's Touchdown Atlantic contest. Given the quick response, the league has begun exploring options to increase capacity for the region's annual showcase of CFL football.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2022, 08:36:55 PM »

Very encouraging.  The Atlantic region will soon want serious (I mean serious) consideration for a CFL team.
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2022, 10:42:58 PM »

Just great news for the league. Lets get the Process moving forward for a team there!
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2022, 11:07:00 PM »

Yes, this is awesome.    10k sold?  That'll be Argo's highest turnout of the year!  Grin Grin Grin

Although... TOR won the East last year, and they clearly have a championship-capable roster, and the best salesman-GM in the league that everyone loves.  Can they get a big bump in their STH this year??  TOR's such a weird place.  They don't even like a winner.  Keep supporting the never-will-win-it-all Leafs and Jays instead, I guess.

In all seriousness though, good for TD Atlantic.  Should be a great game as both teams will be strong this year.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2022, 11:51:36 PM »

Very encouraging.  The Atlantic region will soon want serious (I mean serious) consideration for a CFL team.

If someone wanted to build a stadium, they'd have a team already.

But no one does, so they won't.
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2022, 12:06:21 AM »

If someone wanted to build a stadium, they'd have a team already.

So why don't they pull a MTL and just use the stadium they are using for this event??  If it can hold 10k, and they can get 6-8k regularly to games, then they are already beating TOR with their brand-new(ish) stadium.  Just spend a couple mil$ on concession upgrades.  Gotta start somewhere.  Can't sit in catch-22 land forever.
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2022, 05:03:37 AM »

It would be short sighted to think because it hasn't happened it won't happen.  There is interest from the league, investors and fans but COVID shot it down when the 2020 season was cancelled.  It would take a lot of work and money from investors and governments but the fact the CFL still generates interest and plays games in that region and gets fan support, suggests it is not a dead issue.
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2022, 05:34:29 AM »

If I had to bet money, I'd put a small wager we'll see a CFL team in the maritimes within 10 years.  I think it would be great!
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2022, 10:23:05 AM »

Please tell me it's not 9000 Rider fans.
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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2022, 02:55:15 PM »

Putting up a stadium that can handle 15-20k for 9 events a year is not cost effective.  They need an angel investor who wants a stadium named after him to pony up the construction costs.  If IG can be built for $250mil, I'm sure a scaled back version could be put up for $200mil... don't we have ANY friendly Billionaires willing to drop thier pocket change into a stadium?  Anyone have a line in to Elon Musk?  As long as he doesn't use his tunneling company as the name sponsor, who wants to go to the "Boring Stadium" (although, might be on point in Atlantic Canada  Grin

The "Schooners" have been a part of GC tradition for a long time.  It wold be nice to see them come to fruition.

Hey, how about "The Rock" stadium on The Rock?

Much better investment than buying the XFL...
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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2022, 10:21:03 PM »

Touchdown Atlantic was sold out in 60 minutes.  Not bad at all.
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2022, 06:48:53 AM »

10,000 seats isn't much to fill in considering it's only one game a year.  For an Atlantic team to survive and flourish, they gotta sell 25,000 seats every game as well as produce revenue from merchandise, concert tickets for the stadium as well as cash in on TV and radio revenue for the region.
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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2022, 10:48:11 AM »

10,000 seats isn't much to fill in considering it's only one game a year.  For an Atlantic team to survive and flourish, they gotta sell 25,000 seats every game as well as produce revenue from merchandise, concert tickets for the stadium as well as cash in on TV and radio revenue for the region.

How many CFL teams average 25,000 a game ? A few don't even seat that many.
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2022, 01:10:15 PM »

How many CFL teams average 25,000 a game ? A few don't even seat that many.

Yeah, the new stadiums were built to house 30+, but in reality, 20-25k is all most teams could dream of using.
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2022, 03:30:14 PM »

10,000 seats isn't much to fill in considering it's only one game a year.  For an Atlantic team to survive and flourish, they gotta sell 25,000 seats every game as well as produce revenue from merchandise, concert tickets for the stadium as well as cash in on TV and radio revenue for the region.

This is false.

Selling out a special event in roughly one hour should be viewed as a win regardless of the event's venue's capacity.

Yeah, the new stadiums were built to house 30+, but in reality, 20-25k is all most teams could dream of using.

I'd say it's market-specific but 20-30K seems to be the ideal threshold for the CFL. IIRC, the capacity for the proposed venue in Halifax was 24K (FWIW at this point considering the whole idea seems to be shelved now).
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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2022, 05:10:07 PM »

If they had demand they couldn't fill, then why not add some additional temporary seating?
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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2022, 06:24:13 PM »

I believe they are exploring extra seating.
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« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2022, 07:23:20 PM »

Nice

10,000 seats isn't much to fill in considering it's only one game a year.  For an Atlantic team to survive and flourish, they gotta sell 25,000 seats every game as well as produce revenue from merchandise, concert tickets for the stadium as well as cash in on TV and radio revenue for the region.

Wrong can make it work with less than 25k
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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2022, 05:15:21 PM »

Saskatoon, Quebec City an Toronto get ready for  CFL team
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