Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  17 responses

Mike Woodson Wants Bigger Home Crowds

The Hawks’ coach realizes that his team is putting something special together, and wants the folks of Atlanta to see it up close: “All I can say to our fans is we need your support,’ said Woodson. ‘These guys are playing for something this year, man. It’s fun watching us play. I know the fans are there and we just ask you to come out and support us because they [the players] need it. I think amazing things can happen when the house is filled.’ The official turnout of Monday’s game was 12,997. However, it is unlikely that there were more than 3,000 fans in the stands at tip-off.”

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  • Ree Roe

    It’s unfortunate that we do have lackluster attendance at times in ATL, but people are gonna come around. The Hawks are the best pro team in ATL & people will show up. Sometimes mon night games, like the one vs. POR, get sparse crowds like that.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    After all they have been through,I’m very happy to see Atlanta doing well,because my friend won’t shut up about them now maybe (hopefully) he will!!

  • Clark

    I’d be there if I were less than 1000 miles away.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    It’s simple, lower ticket prices.

  • ClydeSays

    Hey Mike, Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. You’re a few seasons removed from what seemed like a decade of lottery trips.

    How about 3-4 winning seasons in a row? Maybe a deep playoff run or two?

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Ticket prices are not the issue. The Hawks fans come out for the big games. They’ll be there tonight. All the upper level tix are $15 tonight. Philips isn’t that big so the seats aren’t bad.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    ATL, shawty.

  • http://www.euroleagueadventures.com Nick Gibson

    We couldn’t even sell out playoff games during the Braves’ 14 straight division title run (a feat which had never been accomplished and never will again in pro sports). I agree that ticket prices aren’t the issue. It’s us, the fans, who need to step it up.

  • JD

    That Hawks must have greta chemistry or coaches, or their overacheivers

  • Dagger

    Not sure Woodson has noticed with the salary he’s pulling, but economic times haven’t exactly been ideal for luxury items like basketball games.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    It’s also tough now because we’re in the middle of college football and NFL and Nascar, and people only have so much money to spend each money on sports. But it’ll pick up. In Atlanta, if you win, they will come.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Economic times seem ideal enough for the rest of the top teams in both conferences though… DO people in Atlanta just not care about pro sports?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    So does that mean a hawks season ticket is on the cards?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    To get more crowds get Josh to shoot more threes, Crawford to do more and 1 moves and sign AI!!!

  • AiRsMiTh

    How sad that such a good team doesn’t have full attendance when dysfunctional teams like my Warriors consistently draw crowds…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    with the warriors its like watching an horrific car wreck scene…your not meant to be hanging around watching it, but as you get closer and see whats unfolding you kind of just slow right down and try and take as much in… good news doesn’t sell a newspaper people…

  • SeanJaye88

    I attended 22 home games last year ( Playoffs included). This season? I’ll be attending my first game on Thanksgiving and only because I got free tickets. The economy has officially slapped me in the face.