I don't know ANY official figures. I only am going to give my impression.
Going into the weekend, I only bought a ticket to semis from a drum corps in their "block" for sale. Semis are a good value, IMO. $55 gave me the opportunity to see 25 corps.
I planned to figure out Finals tickets if the Crossmen (the corps I support the most) would make finals--something that was far from guaranteed.
Well, you all know what happened. From my "semis" seats in a section that was only 50% occupied, I heard the Blue Stars score and the rest is history.
Getting tickets to finals was not hard. Two of my friends got them from somebody whose friends left him holding two tickets. I ended up getting a ticket from a kind stranger who had an extra. It wasn't a great ticket, but I got in.
I found it very interesting. Since many of the people I came with were in different sections, I heard many reports from them of empty seats around them. Non-empty seats were occupied by people who didn't have tickets. They would move if someone came along, but, often, no one did.
My own section was more empty than occupied. It was down low and corps staff would use the empty seats.
(I could launch into a whole other discussion about people who buy expensive tickets and don't even bother to show up for the first few corps, but I won't. It's there money.)
The stadium security didn't really care if people were supposed to be in a section. Not one official person ever asked to see my tickets. I suspect a lot of people filling empty seats were corps members who didn't make finals and had no tickets at all.
Lucas Oil is a huge stadium. I don't know how many seats there are between the 20's on the concert side, but it was definitely not sold out on that side.
This was my first finals in years. I usually attend the Allentown show and there are usually no empty seats in the good sections. Granted, that's a smaller stadium. But, it's what I'm accustomed to.
I wonder if this stadium is too big for the activity if there are so many empty seats at what is supposed to be the premiere event for the activity.
Edited by barigirl78, 12 August 2012 - 08:53 PM.