Dinwiddie hoping on-field success leads to strong East Final attendance

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Toronto Argonauts’ head coach Ryan Dinwiddie is hoping to see more fans in double blue when the Argos host the East Final next month.

“There’s no secret we haven’t had a lot of fans in attendance and we want to get that changed and that starts with winning football games and bringing exciting football for people to come watch. That’s been our main focus is making sure we put on a good showing for our fans so we can ask for more fans to come out there and attract more fans to come out there,” Dinwiddie told First Up on TSN 1050.

Toronto ranks last in CFL attendance with an average of just over 8,600 fans per game this year. Even with that, the Boatmen finished the season with a 9-5 record and a 6-1 mark at home.

That record was good enough for first in the East, giving them home-field advantage for the East Final. As for how they plan on treating their upcoming bye week, Dinwiddie says the team will find out who they are facing together.

“We’re going to have a team viewing party. We’re going to watch the Eastern Semi all together and see who our opponents are and I just thought it was an opportunity for team bonding.”

From a game-planning standpoint, Dinwiddie says both the Ticats and Alouettes present challenges.

“I think the fact we’ve played Hamilton so many times, we have a good feel for who they are. We only have to break down two more games, we have to go back to Montreal and break down a bunch of those because you never know who your opponent’s going to be,” Dinwiddie explained.

“Hamilton is well-coached and they play great defence and they are still going to find a way to score points. Offensively, they do a good job, (offensive coordinator) Tommy (Condell) does a good job, and then look at Montreal and (running back William) Stanback is a man among boys. It seems you make contact with him at the line of scrimmage, you look up, and it’s second and three.”

Hamilton and Montreal will meet in the East Semi-Final on Nov. 28 to see who travels to Toronto on December 5th.