Champions Series / Tour... Report from your city??

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  1. SteveI

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    Hi,

    Last night the Champions Series / Tour came to town. Last stop of 12 cities.

    http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/other/tennis/article604163.ece

    We drew about 4,000 folks... I was there I think the crowd was under 4,000. Great stuff from JMac, Martin, Chang and Courier. Was wondering what the crowds were like in your city. 4,000 seems very sad to me. Insight.. comments.. reports.
     
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  2. Pancho G

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    LA had about five thousand. I thought of it as a once in a lifetime experience. Loved every moment of it.
     
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  3. SteveI

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    I also loved the event. No problems with the product..or format.

    Any other comments.
     
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  4. TCTEN

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    I don't know what the official attendance was in Minneapolis (5000 would be my guess) but it was great fun to see great players again.
     
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    No problem with the format we got to see nearly 3 hours of very entertaining tennis in Mpls.
     
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  6. SteveI

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    So far we are bit low 4,000 to other places 5,000 or so.

    Still a great night of tennis. About 3 hours total of great stuff for us also.
     
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  7. mad dog1

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    same here...
     
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  8. Devilito

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    4000 and 5000 seem like healthy crowds for watching 4-5 retired tennis players when you compared it to 10,000 person crowds watching 10 current basketball or hockey players.
     
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  9. SteveI

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    Good Point...
     
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  10. Ronaldo

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    Shirley you mean 20,000 plus to see NHL/NBA games.
     
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  11. SteveI

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    Not in many cites. Ever see a hockey game in FL???
     
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  12. Devilito

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    that's only assuming every game sells out which is far from the case
     
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  14. SteveI

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    The Buffalo Sabres also hosted a "Winter Classic" game. There are many NBA and NHL cites that do not draw well. Buffalo and the Motor City are hockey hotbeds. The NBA is going through what the NHL did a few years ago.. when they shut down for a year.
     
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    Need a Poll. If the NBA cancels the season, will anyone care? With the interest in the Champions Tour, wonder if more US ATP Tournaments would be supported?
     
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    I couldn't tell you how big the crowd was in Philly, but it was a good time.
     
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    What would really be cool and an extra draw would be to add 4 current greats, like Djoker, Fed, Nadal, and Murray to the group for some events before the end of the year. What would really make it interesting and an equalizer for the older generation is for the players to use wood rackets, or even old school graphite with small heads. I really missed not see an event this year, did they miss Dallas ?
     
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    20,000 to see the T-Wolves here in Minneapolis? You can't be serious, and don't call me Shirley.
     
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  19. Ronaldo

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    Every NBA game I've attended in Detroit and Cleveland has exceeded 20,000. Even with LeBrick
     
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    They need to have an NYC event dammit.
     
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    It's been a while since the T-Wolves have had any kind of relevance in the NBA so needless to say attendance is usually pretty sparse with the exception of when Kobe or LeBrick come to town.

    Secondly the "Shirley" reference was an attempt at humor inspired by the well known Leslie Nielsen line from the movie Airplane, by the way tennis fans may not know this: He also starred in a made-for-television movie called "Little Mo." The 1978 bio-pic about Maureen Connolly, the first woman to win the Grand Slam.
     
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    so how did conners do?
     
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    The event in Surprise, AZ was great. I somehow managed to get Pete to sign my St. Vincent :D
     
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    I have not seen that movie for years and years, so I could be mistaken, however, I think it was LLoyd Bridges who had that line.:confused:

    Saw the McEnroe, Chang, Courier, Sampras verson of the series at Seattle.
    Very much enjoyed the whole evening! the Courier/Chang set was very closely contested down to the end. This was my first viewing of any live professional tennis, so of course I was very excited to take it all in.:shock:

    20/20 hindsight-I wish I would have known I would have been able to get fairly close to the players, I would have brought along one of my Maxply McEnroe frames for an autograph.
     
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    Originally Posted by TCTEN

    Secondly the "Shirley" reference was an attempt at humor inspired by the well known Leslie Nielsen line from the movie Airplane.


    No it was indeed Leslie Nielsen, check out this link;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A5t5_O8hdA

    That was a great line from one of the funniest movies and best comedic actors ever, imo.
     
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