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20 minutes ago, Kent said:

Hopefully this guy can do whatever is needed to bring more fans out to games and get a stadium plan with a date and location determined and made public. If he can do those two things I would consider that a very successful year.

I don't know, I rather they scrap the fancy plan of building a stadium and focus on making York Lions work. It's really not bad, the location is great, capacity is where we need it to be right now, washroom/other facilities are fine. I really have nothing to complain about. The only thing they need to figure out is the pitch.

If they did end up moving north to Vaughan, I know a lot of people who travel to the game from downtown who won't be renewing season tickets.

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6 minutes ago, yellowsweatygorilla said:

Running track should be gone by 2021

And couldn't you out a roof on the stadium?

It's such a nice location I'd hate to see them build something too soon. 

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Just now, Mikmacdo said:

Exactly, imagine trying to sell 12-15k seats in a place like Markham? 

They are right on the subway which is accessible on all 3 "York(s)". Best location they'll ever get in my opinion.

The cost of building a brand new SSS in Vaughan, they could upgrade Lions Stadium significantly in return and put some roofing over the main stand to begin with.

Hope they see the light 

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2 minutes ago, yellowsweatygorilla said:

I'd be really curious where most season seat holders live. Most of those I know are North York and downtown.

Most of North York aren't aware the team exist due to bad/inexistant marketing. York & North York alone could make this team a massive success.

For some reason the Ben guy isn't acting on multiple calls to let go of Vaughan Mills and promote the team at the following locations

-Eglinton West, Yorkdale Mall, Sheppard-Yonge, North York Station, Yonge & Eglinton, Fairview Mall, North York and York TTC subway stations

Living in North York, people here goes to events happening in the area, we just have no advertisement going on AT ALL. F'N unacceptable 

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3 minutes ago, Ansem said:

Most of North York aren't aware the team exist due to bad/inexistant marketing. York & North York alone could make this team a massive success.

For some reason the Ben guy isn't acting on multiple calls to let go of Vaughan Mills and promote the team at the following locations

-Eglinton West, Yorkdale Mall, Sheppard-Yonge, North York Station, Yonge & Eglinton, Fairview Mall, North York and York TTC subway stations

Living in North York, people here goes to events happening in the area, we just have no advertisement going on AT ALL. F'N unacceptable 

Yep. I also live in North York. Travesty that this isn't the focus. We just have so much more density here than the suburbs too.

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2 minutes ago, Big_M said:

Zayandehroudi was awful for them last year..got the ticket pricing completely wrong..hes probably on some heavy contract otherwise would be gone

Tbf to Ben, I don't think he is in charge of pricing (thouhg I might be wrong), and he was very responsive to feedback and questions. I've heard the issue is simply resources/funding for the marketing side. I mean it's flabberghasting that they needed fan volunteers to distribute ssh scarves at the game for example. When they did try a concerted attempt at bringing people out - albeit with free tickets - it was a huge success (I am talking about the Voy Cup game against Montreal). That game showed the potential, and it truly was a top 10 all time live soccer experience for me - in terms of drama and atmosphere

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3 minutes ago, Big_M said:

Zayandehroudi was awful for them last year..got the ticket pricing completely wrong..hes probably on some heavy contract otherwise would be gone

Yes, he's terrible and obviously have no idea what he's doing. He told me and my friend that there were budget reasons for not going to the locations I gave him...

Am I'm like B---- Please.... Go to Mel Lastman Square when it's pack during the week, get yourself a table, sit down and promote 

So infuriating 

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8 minutes ago, yellowsweatygorilla said:

Yep. I also live in North York. Travesty that this isn't the focus. We just have so much more density here than the suburbs too.

I live at next to Fairview mall and York Lion is such an easier trip than BMO for me. Lots of young professionals settling into the new condos on that stretch of Sheppard East. If they knew, lost of them would go to the stadium on weekends to check out the games.

F it, I'll promote part time for a fee.

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5 minutes ago, Ansem said:

Yes, he's terrible and obviously have no idea what he's doing. He told me and my friend that there were budget reasons for not going to the locations I gave him...

Am I'm like B---- Please.... Go to Mel Lastman Square when it's pack during the week, get yourself a table, sit down and promote 

So infuriating 

ya Mel Lastman is a no brainer, there's packed events there all through the week.

 

I just started day dreaming about having a stadium where the Square itself is. That would be amazing lol. 

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For me it is more convenient for the team to be where it is now (although I only got out to the stadium one time last year). But here is why I think they should build a stadium.

1. They said that was their plan. If they aren’t going to, they better at least tell the fans.

2. They are currently playing outside of the region they are named after.

3. New stadiums tend to draw fans out in significantly bigger numbers. Of course location is very important, but a new stadium has the potential to draw significantly more fans than a championship season. 

I wont put down another number, but can someone refresh my memory on if it is natural grass or artificial turf? Someone above mentioned plans for the track being removed, is that confirmed? Will the field be made bigger then?

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3 minutes ago, Kent said:

For me it is more convenient for the team to be where it is now (although I only got out to the stadium one time last year). But here is why I think they should build a stadium.

1. They said that was their plan. If they aren’t going to, they better at least tell the fans.

2. They are currently playing outside of the region they are named after.

3. New stadiums tend to draw fans out in significantly bigger numbers. Of course location is very important, but a new stadium has the potential to draw significantly more fans than a championship season. 

I wont put down another number, but can someone refresh my memory on if it is natural grass or artificial turf? Someone above mentioned plans for the track being removed, is that confirmed? Will the field be made bigger then?

Right now it's natural grass, but they are switching it out for artificial turf.

The track removal isn't 'official', but it's what club officials have told some of us sshers. 

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1 hour ago, Mikmacdo said:

And couldn't you out a roof on the stadium?

It's such a nice location I'd hate to see them build something too soon. 

No track, add a roof, works for me!

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1 hour ago, yellowsweatygorilla said:

I'd be really curious where most season seat holders live. Most of those I know are North York and downtown.

I live in Aurora. Not sure about where the majority are though. 

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10 hours ago, yellowsweatygorilla said:

Tbf to Ben, I don't think he is in charge of pricing (thouhg I might be wrong), and he was very responsive to feedback and questions. I've heard the issue is simply resources/funding for the marketing side. I mean it's flabberghasting that they needed fan volunteers to distribute ssh scarves at the game for example. When they did try a concerted attempt at bringing people out - albeit with free tickets - it was a huge success (I am talking about the Voy Cup game against Montreal). That game showed the potential, and it truly was a top 10 all time live soccer experience for me - in terms of drama and atmosphere

I do think Ben Z is the guy in charge of season ticket pricing, you'd think that that would be the bread and butter for a VP of ticketing. But him and the team has definitely listened to us and reacted to the low SSH numbers, so we have to chalk that down to Year 1 rookie mistakes, and hope it's going better this winter. 

If anybody here is reading this and lives around the catchment area, consider buying a season ticket in the supporters section for cheap, and then just walking over to any of the midfield seats you like on matchdays. There are no ushers checking tickets whatsoever. You can honestly sit wherever you like, and you are doing the club a massive favour over the year long-term by adding to the SSH numbers.

I'm honestly surprised though that Ganzhorn is the one that's being or been forced out. Still waiting for the official announcement obviously. I honestly prefer Ganzhorn to the Angus McNab guy above. Ganzhorn is a local guy who had local connections, which is what a team like Y9 needs. McNab seems like a global guy, who looks quite accomplished, but off initial glance is not the kind of guy Y9 needs, unless he's willing to get down and gritty in the local settings. I do see from twitter that he's a Dundee supporter, so perhaps he may understand the need for him to immerse himself in the local soccer and business scene. 

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