How can you estimate potential SL crowds for Fev based on two Challenge Cup games when even the established SL clubs can't pull em in for RL Cup ties? Turning to the present Rovers pulled in just short of 4000 for their final league game and that was midweek and live on TV. So what does that tell us Parky bearing in mind the comparison with last season's crowds at the Stoop?
It doesn't tell us much other than it was a big occasion. Salford pulled 10,146 for their last match 2012. Widnes got over 5,000 for their last match 2011 against Featherstone BTW.
A good comparison therefore may be Widnes, albeit the town is bigger than Featherstone and Pontefract put together as is the borough of Halton.
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2010 CC average attendances 2858
2011 CC average attandances 3744
2012 Superleage entry average attendances 6046
Superleague gave Widnes a 60% rise in attendances. An estimate of 5,000 for Rovers if they go up is maybe generous Terry if your starting from a low fanbase. A 2,500 average plus 60% is 4,000.
Widnes would have hoped Wigan, Saints and Warrington would have boosted attendances with their away support all who don't have far to go. These three plum fixtures averaged only 7,650 for Widnes 25% above their average attendance first season in SL.
Don't bank too much on away support Terry. Widnes got only 5,000 for Salford, 4,700 for Catalans and 4,600 for Huddersfield albeit they attracted 6,500 for London!! On those figures you will most likely have several crowds around the 3,500 mark.
Featherstone will be hoping Leeds, Hull and Castleford may be the money spinners - do you think?? Wakefield got an average of 10,140 for these three plum games in 2012, that was also 25% above their average. In terms of actual extra fans that was 2,500 more fans per game than Wakefields 10 other matches.
Will Featherstone attract 2,500 extra fans when Leeds, Hull and Cas call?? If they did then you may be good for a few games over the 6,000 mark. Yes Terry the Cas Cup game is irrelevant, it'd be likely 6,000 plus for the superleague derby. But a 5,000 average most guessed at is if anything a bit of a generous estimate looking at the actual figures for a comparative club.
Edited by The Parksider, 30 November 2013 - 09:05 AM.