According to Toronto Argonauts play-by-play man Mike Hogan, ticket sales for Sunday’s East Final continue to be strong. Like, really strong.
Have been told, unofficially, that fewer that 3,000 tickets remain for East Final. How cool would a sellout be? #ArgosFootball #CFL
— Mike Hogan (@MikeHoganArgos) November 17, 2017
Hoagie knows some people in Argo-land so I think that “unofficially” is as official as it gets without it being, uh, actually official.
The Argonauts said earlier this week that they’d surpassed the 20,000 mark and the team has engaged in an all-out marketing and media blitz to sell the game. Capacity at BMO Field is about 26,000 with an extra 1,000 or so seats added for the MLS playoffs (take it easy soccer peeps, the Argos still get better TV ratings than you.)
If there are truly less than 3,000 tickets left than a sellout is an actual possibility but just as importantly, the stands will look mostly full on TV – no more blurry and depressing Twitter photos from cynical media types engaging in a certain kind of Double Blue schadenfreude over empty seats.
Rider fans are taking plenty of credit for the rush on tickets this week and they’ll certainly be a sizeable, loud, and likely drunk green contingent (not that there’s anything wrong with any of that.) But maybe, just maybe, we can take this as a sign of hope that the Argonauts might just make a go of it after all.