SuplexMonthlyJay wrote:2004 trended downward a bit at first, probably because of the move from the Westside JCC to the Elks Lodge, which is in a slightly more remote location and farther away from PWG's core fanbase. Although weirdly, 210 did show up for Kee_ the _ee, possibly because of the Guerrilla Warfare match.
Astonishing X-Mas was a big crowd draw, I'd say because of the Guerrilla Warfare match and more bigtime Internet dream matches (and unlike 2003/2004, I think the fans were more educated as to who the ROH guys were.)
An indication of this is All Star Weekend 3, the first without those guys, being the lowest-attended ASW doubleshot (and ASW3 is the only PWG attendance number I feel is inflated, as having been there, I estimated it was barely 300 for night 1 and maybe 275 or so for night 2)
I seem to remember there being some consensus reason at the time for this bigger crowd. Was this the show after PWG put its first ad in the OC Weekly? I think it may have been... I seem to remember the big number being attributed largely to that on SCU.
[/quote]onlxn wrote:What/who do you think really draws for PWG? And what draws *you*?
onlxn wrote:Yeah, it seems like the safety of the neighborhood is a concern for a lot of possible fans. I think that's sort of overblown -- my girlfriend just lived a couple blocks away for awhile and said she never heard about anything serious. But I guess I can understand people being tentative...
One more trend that I noticed about PWG crowds: the crowd is almost always bigger on the first night of a double-shot than on the second, and sometimes surprisingly so. Night Two of BOLA was obviously as star-studded and significant as the first, and yet it drew 100 fewer people. Night Two of ASW3 was clearly the stronger card, both on paper and in reality, and it didn't match Night One.
Suggests two things to me. The first, obviously, is that Sunday shows are less appealing to fans than Saturday shows. But I think there may be a second variable, which is that two straight shows in the same venue is just too much for a lot of the local fanbase -- some Night One attendees just don't feel like coming out again. It'll be interesting to see how the loaded BOLA tripleheader does, given this phenomenon.
Ocire wrote:Are worry with BOLA is the 2 hour drive back and forth to each show as well as the money. As a solution, we've decided to miss August's show and save up extra money to get a hotel room for a few nights up in LA so the gas isn't such a problem. Damn me for living in San Diego!
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