For the V-Varen Nagasaki game last Sunday, over 13,000 people made it through the gates making it over 28,000 in the past two games.
For Sunday’s game, residents of Gifu city were allowed in for free as Gifu city authorities bought 4,000 tickets for the game in order to let as many people access it as possible. In the end, a lot more than 4000 people took advantage of this offer. Even though FC Gifu didn’t win, the fans got to see an exciting game and hopefully a lot of them will be back for the next home game on July 20th against Yokohama FC.
I briefly spoke to club president Satoshi Onda after the game and he said that although he felt a bit tired (which is no surprise considering he was cycling around Gifu all day Friday & Saturday morning drumming up support) he was so happy to so many people came to the stadium.
Given the long time until the next home game, I’m hoping for another big PR/marketing push to try and get another big crowd in. The previous two games show that there is appetite for football in this city.