"The 32,000 hard tickets sold thus far is about 8,500 less than the 40,500 sold across 5 sessions/10 games last year, so there is still some work to do to match the inaugural event. With the Ottawa market's notorious tendency for being a walk-up type audience, (Scotiabank Place director of strategic development Geoff) Publow is confident that last season's numbers can be eclipsed. He expects more than 8,000 fans to attend tomorrow's evening session in which both local teams are participating plus a St. FX team with many local, loyal alumni expecta to swell the crowd even further.Speaking as an Ottawa resident of three years standing, this is a walk-up town. As a random example, last Sunday afternoon the 67's had a game against the Sudbury Wolves, who are not exactly a major draw. Nevertheless, perhaps thanks to the fact Daylight Savings had gone into effect the night before, there was a line snaking out the door on the Bank St. side of the building. My friend and I had to walk toward the other end for tickets and ended up missing the first five minutes of the game.
"Publow also stated that the very successful Capital Hoops Classic tends to attract significantly more students than the CIS Nationals, something they are trying to improve. The certainty that a cross-town rivalry, Panda-like game brings apparently is more appealing to students and secretly some in the organizing committee are likely hoping for a Saturday night all OUA East semi-final affair which could bring out more students from both local campuses." — Mark Wacyk
Still, some hard questions will be asked if Ottawa can't outsell last season. It's not on the schools or the media; it goes higher.