Argos update fans on ticket sales before CFL playoff game vs. Riders

BMO Field. (Mark Blinch/CP)

It’s no secret the Toronto Argonauts have trouble putting butts in the seats at BMO Field, but the team announced Wednesday it has already sold more than 20,000 tickets for its East final game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“The response from our fans and the city of Toronto has been amazing,” Argos president and CEO Michael Copeland said. “The overwhelming majority of sales have come from Argos fans across the GTA. With five days left, interest will only grow as we approach the first-ever Argos playoff game at BMO Field. The atmosphere on Sunday is going to be electric.”

The average announced home attendance for Argos games in 2017 was slightly less than 13,914 per game, which amounts to approximately 51 per cent of the capacity at BMO Field when the Argos play. That was down from the 16,380 they averaged in 2016.

For comparison, Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC averaged more than 27,600 fans in 17 games at the stadium this season.

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The Argos’ season-high home attendance was 16,326 for their Week 9 matchup against the Montreal Alouettes, while the low was 11,219 back in Week 2 against the B.C. Lions.

Average attendance across the CFL this year was roughly 24,644.

The strong ticket sales for Sunday’s game shouldn’t come as a complete surprise, however, considering there is a trip to the 105th Grey Cup on the line.

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