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Expos fans invade Toronto


Richard

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They can't have the National Mets back.

 

Some have hypothesized that the strike-canceled season in 1994 might have deprived Montreal of the push they needed to get a new ballpark built and keep their team. The Expos had a significant lead in the NL East when the remainder of the season was scrapped, and had they gone deep into the playoffs or even made the World Series, it might have created enough enthusiasm to get everything else done.

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1000 fans to see the Expos at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal was considered a sell out.

 

After they moved into the new stadium, there were two seasons that the Expos averaged less than 10,000 fans per game. Their worst year ever was 2001, when they averaged 7,935 per game, drawing 642,743 for the season. Their best attendance season was 1982, when they drew 2,318,292 for the season, 28,621 per game. That was more than 500,000 above the National League average.

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After they moved into the new stadium, there were two seasons that the Expos averaged less than 10,000 fans per game. Their worst year ever was 2001, when they averaged 7,935 per game, drawing 642,743 for the season. 

 

It's amazing that Loria was able to get away with fleecing TWO towns for nearly-empty brand new stadiums. 

 

IMO there should be some type of salary floor for teams receiving revenue sharing. If teams spend under that salary floor (as in the case of legitimate rebuilding) they shuold be required to place money into a trust fund which can only be used to hire players, rather than going into the owner's pockets.  

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It's amazing that Loria was able to get away with fleecing TWO towns for nearly-empty brand new stadiums. 

 

To be fair, Montreal did what Atlanta did. Their stadium was built for the Olympics, with a plan for the Expos to move into it once the games were done. Atlanta built a major portion of what became Turner Field into the main stadium for the Olympics. After the games ended, they tore down the parts they weren't going to use and completed the rest.

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