August 12, 2007 @ 09:54
Last week I wrote a piece that included a reference to Toronto FC, Toronto's new entry in the Major Soccer League.
I predicted that FC probably wouldn't last five years and the response I got was firmly behind the soccer team. For some reason, soccer fans think this team will survive unlike other Toronto soccer teams that haven't.
The Toronto Metros-Croatia and the Toronto Blizzard were both born into the same type of enthusiasm that FC is enjoying right now, but it didn't last and I'm convinced FC will suffer the same fate.
Right now FC is enjoying the benefits of a new stadium that everyone wants to see, and Toronto got sucked in by all the David Beckham bullshit and I'm sure that turned into thousands of tickets sales.
But the novelty of the stadium will wear off, and Beckham will probably be out of the league before ever playing a game at BMO field and interest will probably wane.
It's happened before and it will probably happen again. I remember going to Toronto Blizzard games in 1981 that attracted 50 thousand fans. By 1984 attendance in Toronto was low and the league fell apart.
However, I will say this. I have several friends who've been to FC games and they love it.
Former CFNY music director, and now big shot executive at Universal Music, puts it this way.
"Toronto FC is here to stay. The fans love it and it's a great experience at a resonable price (for now). I attend many other sporting events on a regular basis and I have to say that it's a refreshing change to not to have to sit through a Pizza Box promotion or the Frank D'Angelo Steelback band and all the other over commercialized elements that can keep you at an event for over three and a half hours".
When Ivar paid a visit to the "tin palace" a few weeks ago he offered to go to a game with me and I plan to take him up on it.
It's always been a goal of mine to attend at least one game of every team that comes through Toronto. I even with to a Toronto Phantoms arena football game and that was the most ridiculous sport I've ever seen.
And now I'd like to put FC on that list - before they're gone.