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Hasn’t bothered me. I’ve been to all 3 home games and last year I went to 7 games including the practice match v bulldogs at marvel.

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4 minutes ago, rpfc said:

Genuinely curious about the low attendance we are seeing atm. Give the reasons you have heard and/or given.

Aside from it being a long weekend, people just aren’t interested in watching giants or Gold Coast.

last yr Richmond played in front of 9k against the Suns.

richmond, hawthorn and saints up next and we will average 55-60 across the three weeks easy

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There were probably a lot of small reasons for not being there, plenty mentioned above such as Easter hols with people getting away, Covid, no real local rivalry (apart from Scully) and the ticketing  system which is a shambles. I know a few members that would have been at the game normally but were out of town for the Easter break.

It was strangely quiet on the way to the game,  I come down Rathdowne St to get into the city and the traffic was very quiet. We got to the ground very quickly from the northern suburbs. Even the lady manning the cash register in the MCG food outlet commented how quiet traffic had been on the way in from Portsea.  The weather was great for footy, but also great for a few days away.

I counted around 70 - 80 GWS supporters in their area behind the goal, so they didn't bring many to pump up the attendance. 

 

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It’s the first Easter break Melbournians have been able to travel since 2019. 

I went last night and had a blast. However, most of my friends and family are not currently in the state due to finally having freedom to live somewhat normally.

There’s more important things than random games of football.

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Haven’t missed a match and not planning to unless I get Covid or am a close contact. 
Have waited my whole life to watch this team be good. I can do other things any time but I may never get to watch a dominant Melbourne again 

Fools are those who are not bothering to turn up. You’re missing out on pure joy. 
I get that many people are away this weekend, but every week this season I’ve heard lame excuses. The footy is no more a Covid risk than flying interstate, going to a restaurant or a club. If you don’t want to deal with buying tickets online GET A MEMBERSHIP. 
 

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Ticketing is a big issue from talking to people at work. Wonder if the MCG going cashless is another reason. There are some people left in the world that like to pay with cash. 
We probably have to temper expectations with crowds this year, Carl v Haw had a ripper crowd of 67k or thereabouts, the following week Hawks v Saints at the same ground get 30k. 

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For perspective, Hawks got 17K to one of their games against GWS at the MCG right in the middle of their dynasty.

I would’ve thought Dees fans would be treating every game like it’s their last given what most of us missed out on last year, but not to be.

We’ve had 27,000 (2016) and 37,000 (2018) to previous GWS games so last nights crowd was disappointing. So to was the Essendon game in round 3 Suspect we’re under the budgeted home attendance thus far.

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24 minutes ago, titan_uranus said:

Will be interested to see the crowds for today’s two games: Carl v Port and Ess v Freo. 

I expect both to be bigger than ours despite today being Easter Sunday. 

Absolutely no doubt they will be bigger. My predictions:

30K to Carlton v Port

25K to Essendon V Freo.

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1 hour ago, Lord Travis said:

There’s more important things than random games of football.

No Demons match is a “random game of football” to me, anyways. 
 

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57 minutes ago, Jaded No More said:

Haven’t missed a match and not planning to unless I get Covid or am a close contact. 
Have waited my whole life to watch this team be good. I can do other things any time but I may never get to watch a dominant Melbourne again 

Fools are those who are not bothering to turn up. You’re missing out on pure joy. 
I get that many people are away this weekend, but every week this season I’ve heard lame excuses. The footy is no more a Covid risk than flying interstate, going to a restaurant or a club. If you don’t want to deal with buying tickets online GET A MEMBERSHIP. 
 

Spot on Jaded.

For all those years we've been going along being crapp or just mediocre, how good is it to go and be dominant and in control.  My youngest son hasn't seen us loose a game live at the MCG yet and long may it continue ... the kid doesn't know how good he's got it!!

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I will say this in relation to last nights game, coming in from Eltham on the Hurstbridge train line.

As buses were replacing trains between Hurstbridge and Clifton Hill, I observed quite a number of Melbourne fans choosing to walk away when they discovered trains weren’t running.

What is normally a 40 minute train ride to Jolimont became an hour and a half bus ride with a driver who had no idea where he was going to stop at every train station, all while empty stubbies rolled around mine and my kids feet.

While I understand line works need to happen, it wasn’t a great start to our evening, especially when I rarely go with the kids and how excited they were.

Anyway, we went, we had a great win and the family enjoyed themselves. Now time to rip into some hot cross buns.

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Interesting poll results. 

Demonland is definitely an older demographic if Covid is the primary reason! 

Easter obviously played a big part. Nice to see the MCC barely a quarter full, everyone down at Sorrento I'm assuming. 

We're old as a supporter base so many must be concerned about covid. The essendon game was super disappointing considering Hawthorn and Carlton nearly managed 70,000 the following day at an early Sunday game. 

Ticketing needs to [censored] off, it is a complete shambles. 

It'll be really disappointing if we don't break 70,000 for Anzac eve. 

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Get that it was GWS Easter, etc, but as a club, we can't afford to throw away our moment in the sun either.

Games that draw just 20K are deflating and don't build that atmosphere that keep bringing people back to the footy to get on board the Demon train.  How much more impressive and intimidating would it have been if we had 40k supporters there last night to their 200.  Low attendance numbers become a self fulfilling prophecy.

If we are to build our membership and supporter base to be something which will sustain us through the long winters of being middle of the pack which will come somewhere down the track, we really need to make the most of the on feild sucess we are having now.  I actually feel that the club should be making a concerted effort in its marketing and messaging  from players, coaches etc during the week to get supporters turning up to games, GWS or not.

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