Helped by cheap tickets and an influx of Saskatchewan Roughriders fans, the Toronto Argonauts may have a decent crowd for their CFL playoff game Sunday at BMO Field.
That may mean a crowd of 20,000, which seems small by most standards but is actually decent in the Big Smoke. And don’t discount the importance of the Argonauts in the big picture.
Tom Mayenknecht host of the Sport Market, told the Green Zone that CFL games get a 30 per cent uptick in TV viewership when the Roughriders are involved.
Meanwhile, Toronto sits in the middle of the heavily populated Golden Horseshoe area of southern Ontario. Network executives insist that southern Ontario accounts for huge portions of the viewing audience. It’s the reason why the CFL needs to keep the Argonauts in existence.
Combine their support and the Rider-Argos game may have some empty seats in the stadium, but there will be lots of full couches and recliners in households across the country. They can stay there to watch the Edmonton Eskimos play the Calgary Stampeders right afterwards.