Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Attitude of Gratitude

If sports attendance was our only economic indicator, consumer confidence would be at an all-time high!?! Consider this past weekend:
  • The Bulls sold 39,000 tickets across the Labor Day weekend. (Fri-Mon)
  • 56,000 attended the NCSU/Western Carolina season opener Saturday night.
  • Duke had a full house at Wallace Wade Stadium for the Elon game - 34,000
...and while all of those folks were filling stadium seats, the UNC fan base was tuned in to the Heels/LSU game in Atlanta. (My media insider tells me approx 136,000 adults were watching the game.)

It was a stout weekend for the local sports economy!

It's on to the play-offs for the Bulls (home game this Friday evening!!!) but let's pause to say THANKS to our fans.

The recession put a dent in our attendance last season, but a BIG Labor Day crowd propelled us into the rarefied air of 500K in paid attendance for the 2010 season.

As you would expect, corporate business is still off...but individual ticket buyers have closed the gap. There's a timely story about this in the News and Observer; click here.

Meanwhile, enjoy our 2010 FAN TRIBUTE video. We are grateful for your loyal support and patronage!!!

Video produced by John Blotzer