A comment left on my Pitch Invasion article about the conflict between Melbourne Victory supporters and the Telstra Dome sparked my interest:
“The conflict between the organised MVFC fans and Telstra Dome seems to have eased somewhat, but it has significantly slowed (or somewhat undone) the momentum of support for the club generated from Season 2. A mistake for a club that, being in its infancy, should be trying to attract as many supporters to their games as they can.”
Without a doubt, attendances did drop quite noticeably last season, from a season average in 2006/07 of 27,728, to an average of 26,064 supporters per match in 2007/08. The season high of 31,884 paled in comparison with the previous season’s high of 50,33 (both were home fixtures against Sydney FC).
But was the conflict between the supporters and the Telstra Dome the biggest reason for this drop?
Or are Melburnians fickle and only interested when their team’s at the top of the table?
Or perhaps it was the style of football Ernie Merrick and his band of 11 were churning out that kept the crowds away?
What do you think was the biggest reason Melbourne’s home attendance dropped last year?
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