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Attendance at semifinals significant, but not record-setting

It was just announced that the paid attendance for Saturday's Division I semifinals of the NCAA Tournament was 44,238.

That's the sixth-best crowd for semifinals behind 2007 (51,719), 2006 (49,552), 2008 (48,224), 2004 (46,923) and 2005 (45,275).

 

 

Posted by Edward Lee at 8:38 PM | | Comments (6)
        

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How about the BL lacrosse story? I wonder why the Sun isn't writing about that? I wonder why no comments were allowed to the DUI story? What about the stolen computers?

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Ed: Since I don't cover high school lacrosse, I'm afraid I don't have any answers for you. Might I suggest e-mailing your concerns to sports@baltsun.com?

How could you call the attendance significant? It was worse than 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. It only beat out last year. To me, that classifies as "weak" not "significant."

How could you call the attendance significant? It was worse than 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. It only beat out last year. To me, that classifies as "weak" not "significant."

It is frustrating that, on the one hand, the NCAA wants to grow the sport, hence the bad (in my opinion) decision to pick New England for the previous tournaments. But on the other hand, attendance is the biggest consideration for selecting sites so if a non-traditional team makes the tournament (a'la Cornell/NotreDame), people complain and attendance is down. I heard several people sitting around me yesterday who aren't going to attend the final because they feel Duke will walk all over Notre Dame. Is that the host city's fault? No, but it will be evaluated that way when the final crowd numbers are tallied.

Mobtown - You are missing the bigger picture. This is the exact example why Lacrosse is and always will be inferior to other major sports. You would never see the Superbowl, Final Four, Grand Slam final, or World Cup final not sold out, regardless of participants (I've tried to name some neutral field champioships).

Ralph,
Understand your point and agree, but lacrosse is nowhere near the popularity of the sports you mentione. The college WS, Frozen Four and woamn's softaball gets better ratings. Lacrosse on TV makes soccer look fast. It's a regional sport (name one SEC, PAC 10 or Big 12 team) that can't even support a ML team in Baltimore.

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