Argos ticket sales surpass 20,000 for East Final against Riders

The Argos averaged less than 14,000 fans during the regular season, a CFL low, but the East Final has seen an increase in demand for tickets in Toronto.

More than 20,000 tickets have already been sold for the Eastern Final which will be played Sunday in the first-ever Argonauts playoff game at BMO Field. That well surpasses the regular season single-game attendance high of 16,326 in Week 9 when Montreal visited the double blue.

According to the Argos, ticket sales have been consistently strong since the team clinched first place in the East Division with a 40-13 win over the BC Lions on November 4.

“The response from our fans and the city of Toronto has been amazing,” said Michael Copeland, President and CEO of the Argonauts. “The overwhelming majority of sales have come from Argos fans across the GTA and with five days left, interest will only grow as we approach the first-ever Argos playoff game at BMO Field. The atmosphere on Sunday is going to be electric.”

The Argos take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the right to play in the Grey Cup championship in Ottawa.

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58 Comments on Argos ticket sales surpass 20,000 for East Final against Riders

  1. While it doesn’t hurt to have the best draw in Canada as the guests this Rider fan is happy to see some good news out of Toronto regarding ticket sales.

    • I am surprised and take back what I said last week about a lack of interest in Toronto.
      It doesn’t matter if there will be thousands of Riders fans.

  2. Sask says, your welcome:)

  3. Excellent job Toronto. Make your fans proud Argos.
    I think Calgary will get around 32,000 just like last year against BC

  4. Eddiefelson // November 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm //

    Yeah…suuuurrrreee….I wonder if they will show the stands during the game

  5. How dare you !!! How dare those take a rare positive Argo story and try to make it a rider story.. Ticket sales were brisk prior to riders becoming and opponent.

  6. Michael Copeland is a fool!

  7. Feeling Blue // November 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm //

    Build it and they will come. Go Argos Go

  8. Lancaster/Reed // November 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm //

    I heard the argos had surpassed the years best attendance # before the riders beat ottawa. A few thousand rider fans will just be gravy for the bottom line.

  9. I wish everyone would get off the Argos case about their attendance #s. As long as they are continually going up, that is a positive sign.
    The sold #s were up prior to the Riders winning the semi-final so PLEASE give the Argos & their fans some credit.
    Braley did a lot of damage to this team. And last year’s mistakes didn’t help. It will take a long time to build it back up. BUT ANY increase in tix sales is a great sign.
    SO stop the sniping!

    • Agreed. The problem with griping about the Argos is that only those who DO support the team are subjected to those comments and it’s infuriating as hell for them. So appreciate and support those people instead of making it harder on them.

      • Jim Corrigall // November 15, 2017 at 7:38 pm //

        You’ve got that right, CC. But this is a positive sign that hopefully spills over into bigger crowds next year. The large number of Rider fans will only make the atmosphere livelier and louder in what is already (even half full) a loud stadium. Can’t wait!

  10. This is wonderful news for Toronto ownership and the league, now hopefully the tv ratings will also head north. Pity they stubbornly continue to pit themselves against the NFL (why not Saturday ?) but let’s rejoice that there’s interest in the league again in the GTA.

    • 2008 they played the semi finals and division finals on Saturday. Didn’t seem to help because they went back to Sunday the next year.
      Of course that year the west final was once again at historic Mcmahon. Calgary beat BC and went on to beat Montreal at home in the cup.

    • TV ratings don’t matter, attendance is the most important thing.
      TSN sells air time BEFORE a game if the previous ratings were high then advertisers will put their money with TSN, but they only put their money based upon the ratings of the 18 -40 year olds.
      If the ratings are up and it’s the usual “baby boomers” it doesn’t mean anything

  11. David Winch // November 15, 2017 at 5:32 pm //

    great to see Argos new owners get some uptick for their efforts; travelling from montreal for the East final, the crowds at BMO are very lively!

  12. riderontheisland // November 15, 2017 at 5:35 pm //

    hahahaha, ya the response has been amazing, right and it will be equally amazing that when we look to the stands on Sunday to see that those extra 5000 Argo fans decided to wear green for game day. Whatever I just hope it stirs interest with the pathetic Toronto fan base.

    • Where is this island you live on. It must be rather remote. Your detachment from reality is obvious.

      • riderontheisland // November 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm //

        Thunderfoot, Where have you been for the last 25 years. I can present facts and you only have empty words. BTW just because you say something doesn’t make it true. Worst attendance year after year in Canada’s biggest city. They won’t except that the NFL is not coming

  13. ….Do you get free pizza with that….

    • “….Do you get free pizza with that….”. That would have been a good promotion for the Bills in Toronto series. But tens of thousands of giveaways for Bills games would be a lot of slices.

  14. Tommy Douglas // November 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm //

    That’s good news for the Argos and the CFL.

  15. Habsnriders // November 15, 2017 at 6:03 pm //

    I hope it ends up a sellout , makes it a more exciting game .

    • It would be good for the MLS owners. The owners are getting 28k average for the TFC and they play twice as many games as the Argos.
      At least the owners now know there is some interest in football and it’s not completely dead in Toronto

  16. Great news for Toronto. I think the game will be very exciting which is huge to bring them back next season. Lots of Rider fans from here making the trip and plenty there already. Should be a lively crowd. The extra revenue is great too for the owners. Good for the Argos fans to show interest. Hopefully for them adds more season tickets.

  17. Good news indeed. Come on Toronto get off your backsides and show your support for your team. Sell out BMO stadium cause nothing is better than fans in the stands. The atmosphere is electric for the fans as well as the players. Go Argos!!!

  18. Rider fans on here are so full of themselves. Give it a rest already. We know, We know, your the best thing ever (in your own mind). can we for once just relate to the story only and be humble.

  19. Great to hear for the Argos! Hopefully the start of GTA people realizing what a great product CFL football truly is.
    Go Riders!

  20. 6ft6ofgoodness // November 15, 2017 at 11:01 pm //

    As a diehard Ticats fan, I hate the Argos. However I hope they draw well Sunday and lose. Having said that, I don’t trust Argos president Michael Copeland at all. This is a team leader that falsely lead people to believe the Argos had sold 20,000 season seats prior to their 2016 inaugural year at BMO, and we all know they weren’t even close. They were lucky to have 5,000 season seats sold. My friend told me has Argo season seat prices doubled when they moved to BMO. Then they organized a horrible Grey Cup, where ticket prices were ridiculously priced, leading to poor sales, an embarrassing Pizza Pizza promo, tickets being slashed, and then thousands given away to paper the house and make it look sold out. I don’t know how this guy still has his job. He should have been fired after last season’s fiasco. I’m not in business and I even knew the City of Toronto would not support both a team and a Grey Cup event it barely cares about at those crazy prices. His poor leadership has not helped restore the Argo’s presence in Toronto, if anything it has tarnished it. And with these lies he’s told in the past, it wouldn’t surprise me if fewer than 20,000 seats are sold for Sunday’s game. Only time will tell.

    • Your friend should talk to his ticket rep. Unless he moved from the 10 yard line to the 50, not sure why his tickets would double – mine didn’t. Agree with the Grey Cup ticket pricing. I’ve had season tickets for decades and never once considered purchasing GC tickets. Pizza Pizza promotion is a CFL urban legend. It wasn’t sanctioned by the CFL or the Argonauts. One franchise and one franchise only in Hamilton acting on their own. Have the Argos made mistakes over the past couple of years? Sure. But the ownership group has also invested heavily in the team, something that hasn’t been done for many many years.

    • You make a good point. What if it’s not true that they sold 20k? this could be a marketing ploy.
      Just like the first year when a ticket rep stated that they had sold 20k season tickets

      • Good crowd expected. Haters in panic mode. Hilarious!!!

        • Depends on what you mean by a “good crowd”
          A couple of years ago a 20k crowd for an East final in Toronto would be a huge disappointment.
          A few years the East final had 32k at the RC when the Argos hosted the Ticats.
          Now all of a sudden 20k is a great crowd??
          Seriously

      • Just take a look at Ticketmaster tickets.

  21. Finally TO. Maybe now you all won’t be the joke of Canada in so many ways. What, you didn’t know that….???? Whoops. My bad. Forget this post.

    • I wish you’d have forgotten to even write it.

    • Still a joke!
      The last East final in Toronto drew 32k now we say 20k is great…………………..???????????
      How is that a success?

      • So, you can’t see a silver lining that the expected crowd sunday afternoon will be 7000+ higher than the season average. Panic mode setting in for the haters!!!

      • Still a joke. Oh yes, Toronto is definitely a joke in the eyes of the NFL. Isn’t it ironic. The NFL views Toronto exactly as you view the CFL.
        The sweet sweet irony.

  22. Hope The weather is good.

  23. riderontheisland // November 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm //

    Thunderfoot, Where have you been for the last 25 years. I can present facts and you only have empty words. BTW just because you say something doesn’t make it true. Worst attendance year after year in Canada’s biggest city. They won’t except that the NFL is not coming

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