Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Dismal turnout for Mexican soccer in Nashville and Charlotte

The Tennessean reports that last Friday's soccer match at the Coliseum drew only a few thousand fans, much less than the hoped-for 15,000, and also less than the turnout of 11,000 for a similar event last year that was held on a weekday. The featured Mexican rivals, Atlas and Tecos, also drew a tiny crowd of 1,000 in Charlotte on Sunday, according to News 14 Carolina.

"Mexican premier soccer league teams Atlas and Tecos played to a 2-2 exhibition game tie in front of a few thousand fans at the Coliseum."

"There was no official crowd estimate given, but attendance was far lower than the 15,000 for which promoters had hoped."

In Charlotte, "[m]any sa[id] ticket prices were just too high – costing anywhere from $35 to $80."

Fans in Nashville also recalled free parking at last year's event. Parking at the Coliseum cost $10 this year.

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