I assume Rochester no longer is Soccer City USA.
— Bob Matthews (@BMatthewsSports) June 2, 2013
The Rhinos are in a big funk. The Flash are not filling the seats, even with Abby.
How did we go from Soccer Town USA to Soccer Town Sometimes?
The Flash are not even drawing 3,000 per game. That means nearly one out of five seats are occupied. Attendance is below the league average. The Rhinos are not doing much better.
The Democrat and Chronicle’s Jeff DiVeronica (check out his blog for all things soccer) and I chatted about attendance a couple nights ago. He speculates marketing and ticket prices are factors. (The Rhinos charge $10. Flash charge $13.) For the Rhinos, the product is also an issue.
DiVeronica and I reluctantly had to admit something else that is playing a role in soccer’s decline in Rochester. The new stadium never captured the hearts of the public. DiVeronica and I agree that there are things the city can do to better connect the stadium to Frontier Field.
What can Rochester do to get back its title of Soccer Town USA?
(By the way, it’s Wambach’s 33rd birthday. Happy Birthday, Abby! Read why Canadians don’t like her.)
Links of the Day:
– It’s frustrating this article on the success of a Rochester charter school does not mention it has no children who speak English as a second language and far fewer students with disabilities than the Rochester City School District. Furthermore, charter schools have the ability to kick out students who don’t meet their standards.
– What would make Wegmans open a store in Batavia? (Very hypocritical of CEO to say he doesn’t support retail tax breaks when he’s a beneficiary.)
– A former Colgan Air executive talks about serious safety concerns before the 2009 crash in Clarence.
– The average New Yorker eats 13 pounds of yogurt a year compared to 60 pounds for the average European.
– Albert Paley’s Rochester studio is preparing for a major art installation on New York City’s Park Avenue.