TORONTO - Argonauts head coach Jim Barker said he “absolutely” has been disappointed by the sparse crowds at home games this season but doesn’t blame the fans.
“I understand there have been issues with this team,” Barker said. “This is a production business, and hopefully when we produce the CFL fans in this city will get behind this team. We understand it is on us.”
In six home games in 2010 — not including the match in Moncton which counted as a home game for Toronto — the Argos have averaged 21,715 fans. Last year, when the Boatmen were 3-15, an average of 26,374 fans walked through the turnstiles.
There’s one battle Barker can’t win — the Rogers Centre can be a soul-sucking place to watch a football game. But one would hope that if the Argos really are turning it around on the field, they start to get the proper support.
The highest attendance for a single game this season was 24,493, on Aug. 20 when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were in town. With so much riding on the line on Friday night versus the Ticats, a new high should be set.
“This is what the league is all about,” guard Taylor Robertson said. “It’s October, it’s (almost) playoff time, and to have two rivals tied in the standings, this is what the fans want to see. Hopefully they show up and see a good show.”