Is Montreal still the best sports city? Sports team Pres Looking into this subject, brings you a series of reports published today and tomorrow. Here are some statistics to see more clearly.
Under Marv Levy, the Alouettes’ move to Olympic Stadium coincided with their most successful period. In 1977, they left Autostat and moved permanently to the Olympic Stadium. They averaged 59,525 viewers, the best average in their history. From 1976 to 1979 they would surpass 40,000 visitors four years in a row.
The Alouettes were true nomads in the 1960s and 1970s, moving from Autostad to Percival-Molson Stadium to Olympic Stadium. But the crowd follows. In 1959, they attracted an average of 23,158 worshipers, which again became their current home. Later, during their brief stay at the Autostad, they averaged more than double the attendance of 24,000 in 1970 and 1975.
Let’s stick to football. It was a huge success at the ticket office, attracting 31,888 football fans in its first year in 1991. However, it is worth noting that there were only five games at home this season. From the second year, the average drops to 25,254 viewers and we don’t know the rest because it’s the end of the broadcasts.
The early 1980s marked the peak of Expos’ popularity. From 1981 to 1983, they had three of their best seasons at the box office, averaging over 28,000 per game each time.
Instead, they bottomed out in 2001, with an average of 7,935 viewers, three years before their departure. They will then begin playing “home” matches in Puerto Rico, which will change the annual average.
That result has been somewhat forgotten in history, but the Expos averaged 7,984 in attendance in 1976, the team’s last year at Jarry Stadium. It has to be said that Montreal will then vibrate to the rhythm of the Olympic Games…and the Expos are pretty badass. They are coming off 107 losses, the second and last time in their history to hit triple digits in the cursed column.
According to wrestling historian Pat Labrate, the largest crowd ever recorded was at a wrestling show in Quebec on July 14, 1973. The fight between “Mad Dog” Vachon and “The Killer” drew more than 29,000 spectators to Zari Stadium. ” Kowalski.
In boxing, there was a Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard poster at the Olympic Stadium on June 20, 1980, which drew the largest crowd, 46,317 fans. According to data from Pat Labrate, the prize goes to Dave Hylton and Mario Casson for an exhibition featuring Quebec pugilists as headliners. On December 4, 1983, they fought in front of 20,700 spectators at the Forum, a few hundred more than the 20,479 for the Jean Pascal-Lucien Putt clash in 2014.
In tennis, data from our friends at the National Bank Open dates back to 1981. Since that date, 100,000 spectators for a tournament called the Du Maurier Internationals have been reached for the first time in 1983. In 2009, at the beginning of the glory days of the “Big Four”, the tournament, won by Andy Murray, reached the 200,000 viewer mark for the first time.
It was only three times that two professional teams from Montreal won the championship in the same year. In 1977, the Canadiens and Alouettes won the Stanley and Gray Cups, respectively. In 1949, the Alouettes won their first championship, while the Royals, in baseball, were crowned champions of the International League for the third time in four years. Finally, in 1931, CH succeeded and was followed by the AAA Winged Wheelers who won the Gray Cup.
Behind the Canadiens’ 24 Stanley Cups, tied for the number of championships the Alouettes and Royals have won, in soccer, Manick has not won any in its brief three-year history, while the Impact won in 1994 (American Professional Soccer League, APSL), in 2004 (League A) and in 2009 ( USL-1).