The Deal In Dallas

The Deal In Dallas

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 29, 2010
  • 5 Comments
  • Pizza Hut Park

A familiar sight at Pizza Hut Park. (Getty Images)

8,016.

Let that number sink in for a moment here. That was the number of folks that were reportedly at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday to see FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo play in the season opener.  On a day that it was 75-degrees and sunny out (okay there was some crazy winds but it was still great out).

You’ve probably heard all day about that number. Its ugly for sure but let’s get real honest about it, the club won’t be moving anytime soon and they’re pretty much stuck at Pizza Hut Park for now. The folks in place are doing a good job but sadly enough the good job that they are doing isn’t good enough. I’m not going to rag on the marketing and promotions that this club does right now but come on, captain armbands as your first promotion was pretty bad looking to say the least.

I hate these (now annual) posts on Dallas and their attendance woes. The excuses go for a mile with this club too. First it was moving to a high school stadium, then it was the Cotton Bowl, then it was the location of Pizza Hut Park, the weather, the terrible team, the GM, the coach, the players. It goes on and on and on with them but really the blame has to go to one group – the owners.

Yes the Hunts were one of the few that saved Major League Soccer back a decade ago with AEG and the Krafts but since Lamar Hunts death HSG has done very little for the league other than keeping Dallas and Columbus. Clark Hunt needs to either figure out what he wants to really do with these two clubs or move on from at least one of them.

Things need to change in Dallas but sadly don’t count on it anytime soon. You have to wonder how long the league will let things go like this in Dallas (and to a lesser-extent in Columbus). I know the league and the rest of the owners respect the Hunts for what they’ve done for the sport here in America but you also gotta think that before long one of them is going to speak out on how bad it is making the rest of them look.

There are a lot of easy cures that the club could take but year after year it seems like it is the same old story.

  • anonymous

    Relegate Dallas to NASL, that attendance is above par for NASL and they can have a rivalry with Austin.

  • What troubles me is that I don't see any way for this trend to reverse. Dallas has already rebranded once and received the “grail” of becoming successful by building a soccer specific stadium. At least while the Red Bulls were struggling to draw people to Giants Stadium, they could bank on a turnout when they opened a new stadium. It would really take a hands on owner with initiative to make the Dallas and Fort Worth area interested in the Hoops.

    Also, has Dallas ever had a great support? I've gotten conflicting vibes about an apathetic community and a lacking front office.

  • It is very disappointing. I love going to the FC Dallas games but its hard to recruit new fans. I talk to people who want to go but then they don't buy a ticket. What could FCD do to get more fans in the seats? I think they need to just give away all their tickets for a few games and get people in the stands buying the concessions. Something radical and extreme needs to happen.

  • Pegasus

    Miami didn't fold because of attendance or stadium issues but because their owner had money and personality issues. I hope the league does force changes in Dallas because HSG is the problem. Check attendance before they took over and after (now even worse with Hunts kids in charge).

  • Pegasus

    Miami didn't fold because of attendance or stadium issues but because their owner had money and personality issues. I hope the league does force changes in Dallas because HSG is the problem. Check attendance before they took over and after (now even worse with Hunts kids in charge).