Pro sports teams don’t always put their crowd counts in game summaries anymore.
I discovered that while researching how many consecutive games the Saskatchewan Roughriders had sold out before Friday, when a less-than-capacity crowd of 30,000 watched them manhandle the CFL’s worst team, the Montreal Alouettes.
It was a cool night and, despite the appearance of former Riders quarterback Darian Durant, that’s about 3,000 shy of a sellout at Mosaic Stadium.
Saskatchewan’s first seven regular-season games were sellouts, lured there because it’s a beautiful, new stadium and because the Roughriders were playing pretty well.
It’s not a horrible omission to neglect listing the attendance. For decades that was the most important number from CFL games. It was the same with North America’s other sports leagues. Big crowds in big facilities upped the “Wow!” factor.
But the glut of expensive sporting events available has thinned the number of paid patrons at every event, so a lone non-sellout is not really a concern for the Riders. Unless it continues.