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    Western Force Crowd Figures 2006-08

    More than enough figures here to prove or disprove anything you like on matters Force!
    Only thing I would have liked to have added in hindsight was the position on the ladder for each match as that always has a bearing on attendence as well.

    Averages:

    Lifetime: 26,360



    Years:
    2006: 28,424
    2007: 27,529
    2008: 22,931

    Opposition:
    Australian: 26,569
    New Zealander: 28,066
    South African: 24,503

    Match by Match:

    Opposition/Crowd

    2006:
    Brumbies 37,037*
    Chiefs 29,239
    Waratahs 26,140
    Bulls 23,392
    Stormers 24,507
    Crusaders 30,231

    2007:
    Highlanders 30,704
    Lions 25,523
    Hurricanes 27,648
    Reds 26,032
    Sharks 28,400
    Cheetahs 24,313
    Blues 30,083

    2008:
    Crusaders 27,011
    Stormers 24,225
    Bulls 21,161
    Waratahs 22,287
    Chiefs 21,549
    Brumbies 21,350

    Top 5 Matches by Attendence:

    2006 Brumbies 37,037*
    2007 Highlanders 30,704
    2006 Crusaders 30,231
    2007 Blues 30,083
    2006 Chiefs 29,239

    Bottom 5 Matches by Attendence:

    2006 Bulls 23,392
    2008 Waratahs 22,287
    2008 Chiefs 21,549
    2008 Brumbies 21,350
    2008 Bulls 21,161

    Total Matches: 19
    Matches exceeding 25k: 11/19 or 57%
    Matches exceeding 22k: 16/19 or 84%

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    would be concering to note that 4 out of the 5 lowest crowds occured this year

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    So much for the big yarpie population in Perth, with both Bulls games in the bottom 5 attended, especially when I thought the Bulls were the Collingwood of yarpieland?

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    There is a friend of mine that has a theory that goes along the lines of this.

    Attendances for matches against NZ opponents are always higher because Kiwis are more likely to buy a ticket on game day.

    Ticket sales are always lower for Saffa based sides as most Saffa ex-pats are members of the Force and have season tickets.

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    We need to get to the end of a full cycle (ie end of '09) to really be able to pick it apart with each team having two matches here, but I would think there are several factors at play, including the expat community of each visiting team.
    The Brumbies and the Chiefs have distorted '06 attendences being our 1st and 2nd matches respectively, where as they probably have two of the lowest expat communities, certainly for their respective Nations.
    The Bulls was also our lowest crowd in 2006 and SA teams have shown to have the lowest National average.
    The Waratahs figure is a bit bewildering though, on the surface you would pick that to be right up there with the Crusaders as the match of the year.

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    Notice that the highest crowd for each year is the first game of the year?

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    I have all these figures already in the database. once i've finished you'll be able to look at results, ladders and attendences for force (and other) matches as at any year/round
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exile View Post
    Notice that the highest crowd for each year is the first game of the year?
    Should be in for a decent crowd to open the new season with the Blues already pulling 30k at the end of the '07 season!

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    The Tahs game this year was really dissapointing , given the rivalry, the potential expat community and that it was probably a 'make or break' game for the season- the later games against the Chiefs and Brumbies the season was practically (Chiefs) or literally (Brumbies) over, so you can kind of understand the enthusiasm wearing off a bit by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Should be in for a decent crowd to open the new season with the Blues already pulling 30k at the end of the '07 season!
    That match we still had a chance of making the finals.....look at 2008 to see how competitiveness affects crowd figures. The crowds will drop rapidly if we lose to the Blues

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    i cant believe..the last game of the year, they get so few:O

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    That match we still had a chance of making the finals.....look at 2008 to see how competitiveness affects crowd figures. The crowds will drop rapidly if we lose to the Blues
    Should still be in with a chance of making the Finals this time too I hope
    With the Cheetahs to follow there will be a sharp drop off anyway but hopefully with the Sharks we will see a lift as seemingly the only Saffa team with any crowd pull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swee_82 View Post
    The Tahs game this year was really dissapointing , given the rivalry, the potential expat community and that it was probably a 'make or break' game for the season- the later games against the Chiefs and Brumbies the season was practically (Chiefs) or literally (Brumbies) over, so you can kind of understand the enthusiasm wearing off a bit by then.
    S'pose it depends why people want to go to the match (I have this in mind because of Peterss' survey...) - if it's to enjoy watching a rugby match, then the team's position on the ladder or the significance of the tie shouldn't matter.

    There's obviously a rugby hardcore in Perth but maybe also a few too many fairweather friends? Guess that's why 'Save it for the Game' etc - to remind people that they're part of it - a good crowd spurs on the team, as we know.

    Not wanting to turn up and support your team through the bad as well as the good is like being a player and not trying because you think you can't win.

    I might not be able to play, but I can play my part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swee_82 View Post
    The Tahs game this year was really dissapointing
    Yeah I thought so too. I'm hoping that when (if?) the expansion happens we might see some stronger rivalries brewing between the Australian teams...

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    Em, I totally agree with you.

    Unfortunately the nature of most sports is that there will always be bandwagoners- even Perth's beloved West Coke with the mile long wait list suffered the same fate once their season was clearly stuffed.

    Reality's a bugger sometimes.

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