Suggestions To The Hunts

Suggestions To The Hunts

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 10, 2009
  • 16 Comments
  • Attendance Figures
Dallas scores but not many are there to see it. (Getty Images)

Dallas scores but not many are there to see it. (Getty Images)

If you score a goal at Pizza Hut Park these days is anyone there to see it happen? Its a sad question to ask right now for FC Dallas players since their support has gone from bad to pathetic and it is mostly due to who is signing their paychecks.

I’ve taken a couple days since the lovely attendance figure at Pizza Hut Park was given on Sunday afternoon to think about what can actually be done here in Dallas. First of all the Hunts and FC Dallas are on a course to have one of the all-time worst season attendance figures.

Right now the club is averaging a generous 8801 per game. Yeah let’s put that into all-time perspective here folks, that’s a little over a thousand more than the worst all-time back in 2000 when Miami averaged 7460. What happened to that Miami club the following year? They were contracted from the league.

Now I am not saying in the least bit that FC Dallas should be headed down that deep and dark path but I like some other folks in the area believe that if something doesn’t change soon enough this club could be headed into a very bad path of relocation or even worse contraction.

For the most part it seems like the Hunts just don’t give a damn about this club anymore. They’ve pretty much alienated all past, present and even potential fans from this club.

But I do believe there is hope if some changes are made. Now I know they aren’t going to start marketing this club anytime soon because that effort seems to be out the window as well right now. While I have no doubt none of this will even come close to happening I just hope someone in that front office will take note and see that this club keeps going backward instead of forward here.

First of all I would start by lowering ALL ticket prices. I look at this past weekend when there was NO Rangers, Mavs, Cowboys, or Stars in town to compete with. The only local competition was a minor league baseball team that didn’t start playing that night until 6 pm, a couple hours after the Dallas-San Jose game ended. Just out of my own curiousness I went to a ticket counter at Pizza Hut Park and asked how much the cheapest seat for the day’s game was, and it was $20! I know that may not sound like a bunch to some but for some folks out there in this economy $20 is more than they are wanting to spend for a day at the stadium.

Get the ticket prices down and that could help drive in some customers. Its not something that will really hurt you for the rest of the year and to be honest the ownership owes the few fans left even that much. Maybe even give back some of the season ticket money to those who paid for a full seasons worth of home games.

Maybe make those seats behind the goal a cheap $5 for the rest of the year, the west sideline $10-15 and the east sideline $20-25.

Other obvious suggestions would be to get advertising in the community. Driving up to the game I saw not a single billboard about the club. That is just sad.

But looking at the history of the Hunts and the clubs they’ve owned I guess they may just prefer it this way.

  • Anonymous

    I am a local FC Dallas fan and it is hard to keep my spirits up about the team this year. The Hunts have done nothing to promote the team this year. I have a Hoops Nation membership and have only been called about game tickets once this year and that was before the season.<br />
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    There are no commercials or billboard advertisements anywhere. The team is full of friendly and marketable guys. Hell, Anthony Wallace even befriended me when I approached him last year and told him I had the same name as him. He has stopped to talk to me every single time I've been out at a game. The Hunts need to publicize stuff like that. Instead they are leaving the team hanging and not giving them any support.

  • Jason

    Lowering ticket prices would be a great idea. Good way to bring the young kids to the games, getting them to be fans and buying merchandise. Best of all, you would probably have repeat customers.

  • doug

    I know it probably won't happen, but put a roof over some of those stands. You can't possibly hope that people will come out and sit in the Dallas heat for 2 hours, watching a sub-par team, in the middle of the afternoon. Making a game non-life-threatening isn't that much to ask for, is it?

  • WVHooligan

    I've been wondering since day 1 why PHP didn't have some sort of roof. It may be the biggest reason why no one shows up there. Great point.

  • SDM

    Not having a roof doesn't seem to deter Dynamo fans. Try again.

  • Kevin

    SDM:<br />
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    This may not be true, but it seems to me as though the Dynamo smartly schedule their games at night, whereas Dallas always seems to be playing during the day. So the Houston fans don't have to deal with it as much. Plus, I suspect the the Robertson Stadium grandstands, which are so large on both sides, probably to a pretty decent job of shading the opposite side/end of the field. From my experience at a local college football stadium that has a similar design as Robertson's (though only seating 20,000), I can say that when the sun starts to go down in the mid-late afternoon, the field and the stands staring into the sun will normally be shaded. PHP has nothing like this, however, so I imagine it must be quite uncomfortable on that other side (having never been to PHP, or even the city of Dallas, for that matter, I cannot provide any evidence other than what I've heard from various posters here and elsewhere).

  • I am a local FC Dallas fan and it is hard to keep my spirits up about the team this year. The Hunts have done nothing to promote the team this year. I have a Hoops Nation membership and have only been called about game tickets once this year and that was before the season.

    There are no commercials or billboard advertisements anywhere. The team is full of friendly and marketable guys. Hell, Anthony Wallace even befriended me when I approached him last year and told him I had the same name as him. He has stopped to talk to me every single time I’ve been out at a game. The Hunts need to publicize stuff like that. Instead they are leaving the team hanging and not giving them any support.

  • Lowering ticket prices would be a great idea. Good way to bring the young kids to the games, getting them to be fans and buying merchandise. Best of all, you would probably have repeat customers.

  • doug

    I know it probably won’t happen, but put a roof over some of those stands. You can’t possibly hope that people will come out and sit in the Dallas heat for 2 hours, watching a sub-par team, in the middle of the afternoon. Making a game non-life-threatening isn’t that much to ask for, is it?

    • I’ve been wondering since day 1 why PHP didn’t have some sort of roof. It may be the biggest reason why no one shows up there. Great point.

  • SDM

    Not having a roof doesn’t seem to deter Dynamo fans. Try again.

  • Kevin

    SDM:

    This may not be true, but it seems to me as though the Dynamo smartly schedule their games at night, whereas Dallas always seems to be playing during the day. So the Houston fans don’t have to deal with it as much. Plus, I suspect the the Robertson Stadium grandstands, which are so large on both sides, probably to a pretty decent job of shading the opposite side/end of the field. From my experience at a local college football stadium that has a similar design as Robertson’s (though only seating 20,000), I can say that when the sun starts to go down in the mid-late afternoon, the field and the stands staring into the sun will normally be shaded. PHP has nothing like this, however, so I imagine it must be quite uncomfortable on that other side (having never been to PHP, or even the city of Dallas, for that matter, I cannot provide any evidence other than what I’ve heard from various posters here and elsewhere).

  • Frank

    The Hunts don't need you anymore. They've got the Crew now. Plus, they spent all their money on Guillermo Baros Schellotto.

  • Frank

    The Hunts don’t need you anymore. They’ve got the Crew now. Plus, they spent all their money on Guillermo Baros Schellotto.

  • Sunny

    The morale at the last game was REALLY bad. It is getting harder and harder to find people to go to games with because all my friends who are into soccer are too busy traveling to other games.

  • The morale at the last game was REALLY bad. It is getting harder and harder to find people to go to games with because all my friends who are into soccer are too busy traveling to other games.