Collector, a small NSW town of 330 residents, attracted 18,000 visitors to its pumpkin festival. Sort of shows up the crowds going to rugby these days, but, of course, who'd choose to go to a Super Rugby game when they have the option of all the excitement of watching a pumpkin grow?
Maybe rugby grounds should look at hosting some sort of weird festival on game days to get a half decent crowd through the gates.
They may do that:Poor ratings may come back to bite.
Locals must be disappointed with those Shute Shield ratings. Wasn't so long ago they were averaging 35k and up over 50k at times.
I'm talking back on ABC, as reported on these very pages!Last year most games didn't crack 10k. So these ratings are actually an improvement. I'm also quite dubious over those claims of averaging 35k. Pretty sure that was for the GF a couple of seasons ago. There's a bit of a myth being propagated by a number of people about the true popularity of the SS. Based off three crowds a season.
That said, it probably does deserve more love in terms of viewership. The games on TV so far this season have all been pretty good with a few being great. Very entertaining. But certainly not widely viewed.