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deerayfan072 wrote:The fans of this city do not deserve this team. I am so freaking disgusted by what I see when I am at the game or at home because for some reason I couldn't make it. I am in Law School, work 25 hours a week at a law office, and I still go to almost every game at the trop. There is NO excuse for these "fans". I hear it takes to long to drive from Tampa, it takes no longer then an hour to get to the trop from the furthest point in Tampa. I bet there are tons of guys here that can vouch for the fact that it taks just as long, or more likely longer, to get to Fenway, or Yankee Stadium, etc etc. I used to go to every Cubs or Sox games during the summer when I was a kid and it took a while to get there from my family's house in a Chi suberb. I have heard almost every excuse out there. For those not in Tampa, this topic is brought up about eveyrday on local radio and in the newspaper. People in this city suck and ar efull of excuses. As sad as I would be to see my Rays leave, the players deserve better. These guys play hard and the right way every night and people won't even show up for them. I have endured 10 years of terriblness to see this day and it sucks that I can't enjoy myself at a game because I look around and see all the empty seats.
deerayfan072 wrote:The Artful Dodger wrote:Personally, this is why I loathe expansion in any of the Big 4 sports. It's just very difficult to acquire a fan base from the ground up for a variety of factors (i.e. new market, different allegiances).
That said, it's really surprising to see the Rays not bring in the attendance figures one would think over a team experiencing their greatest success in their history. I happened to catch some of the Angels/Rays games last week and thought it was really just a residual effect of Hurricane Fay but it's really quite sad.
I tend to think of Tampa as a city whose top priority lies in the college football teams (i.e. Florida, Florida State) while the pro teams are somewhat on the backburner. The Bucs haven't had such a problem because football takes a life of its own in Florida like in Texas whereas the Lightning/Rays have struggled for attention for years. At least a Stanley Cup campaign and the playoff runs before that, actually gave the Lightning some residual success in winning some fans over to attend their games.
The Lightning sell out every game, and even before they won the Cup they had great attendance. The Lightning originally played in the Trop (it was called the ThunderDome) and set the all time record for attendance of a regular season, and post season game. This is another reason why I can tell you that not going to the Rays game because of location is crap. They went there for the Lightning.
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