November 1, 2017 1 COMMENTS

Railers attendance drops 82% in second home game

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The Worcester Railes won their season opener (pictured here) in front of a sellout crowd at the DCU center. Attendance and the team's performance didn't live up to those standards Tuesday.

After the Worcester Railers sold out their first home game on Oct. 14 -- which marked the return of professional hockey to Worcester in two years -- a significantly smaller crowd came out on Halloween to watch the team for its second home game.

On Tuesday -- a weekday holiday night -- 2,130 came out to see the Railers plays the Toledo Walleye in Worcester. In its first home game earlier in October, the Railers sold out the DCU Center with a crowd of 12,135.

The Railers lost to the Walleye 3-2 on Tuesday.

By comparison, the last two seasons the Worcester Sharks played at the DCU Center, their average home attendance was just under 4,000 people.

Tuesday's game on Halloween was the first of a five-game homestand for the Railers, who play again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the Reading Royals. On Friday, the Railers are offering reduced concession prices. On Saturday, the team will wear special jerseys from the movie Slap Shot and have an auction to benefit the American Diabetes Association. On Sunday, the Railers are offering specially priced family packages with tickets and concessions.


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11/01/17 AT 02:38 PM
This article's headline, while technically accurate, is rather unfair to the Worcester Railers. It's comparing apples and oranges. First, the opening night was a Friday night. The team is brand new. People were excited and the game sold out. It was also against Manchester, NH which is more of a "rivalry" kind of team because of its proximity to Worcester. A second home game on a Tuesday Halloween night cannot be expected to draw lots of folks. People stay home for trick or treaters, or they have families and kids of their own who are occupied with candy gathering. Give the Railers a chance. I would bet that their numbers will increase over the weekend. But the Railers also need to make sure they have promotions for EVERY game that attract patrons. I've seen this in many minor league sports. Good promotions work.
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