Thursday, July 2, 2009

Victoria's Game: Baseball or Soccer?

Everyone knows that soccer is more popular than baseball in Victoria, right? That's the conventional wisdom, but it may not be entirely accurate. Let's look at some objective numbers to shed some light on the subject.

Victoria's pro soccer team, the Victoria Highlanders, has played 5 of their 8 regular-season home games this season (as of July 1, 2009) in their brand-new state-of-the-art facility ("City Center Stadium"). In those five home dates, they have averaged 1,622 fans per game. In total, their attendance for 63% of their entire home schedule is 8,110 fans. That's right, a total of 8,110 fans.

By comparison, the Victoria Seals have played 14 of their 41 home games this summer in a quaint ballyard that hasn't been described as state-of-the-art since the 1950's. In those 14 games they have averaged 2,229 fans per game. In total, their attendance for only 34% of their entire home schedule is 31,212 fans.

If we extrapolate these numbers, the Highlanders will draw a total of approximately 12,976 fans in 2009, while the Seals will draw an impressive total of roughly 91,407 fans. For every fan who attends a pro soccer game in Victoria this summer, another seven will have gone to see a professional baseball game. So the next time somebody asks what the most popular summer sport is in Victoria, you'll be able to accurately answer: BASEBALL!!

Chris VanRossum lays down a perfect bunt single in the seventh inning on Canada Day. He eventually scored Victoria's only run in a 2-1 loss before 3,521 rabid baseball fans.

Probable pitchers for the remainder of the Tucson series at Royal Athletic Park:

  • Thursday @ 7:05 PM: Isaac Hess (5-0, 2.46 ERA) vs. Lorenzo Barcelo (4-3, 3.33 ERA)
  • Friday @ 7:05 PM: Eduardo Baeza (1-6, 8.37 ERA) vs Dan Knox (2-0, 4.11 ERA)