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Wave is playing great and offering a fantastic deal in December!!!

The Wave are tied with the Blast for most championships with 5, are coming off a championship season, are the lone undefeated team in the MISL and are only averaging a hair over 3,000 fans per game.  Unfortunately, that's not nearly enough to keep the longest running indoor soccer team in America running at the level we're accustomed too, if at all.  Average attendance numbers are down from last year, which is unheard of for a team coming off of a championship campaign and there's some talk between season ticket holders that if those numbers don't come back up the outlook isn't exactly rosy.  Unfortunately the Wave typically enjoy their best attendance at the end of the season and this season their schedule is very front end loaded.

 

Coach Tozer said in a recent interview on this site that his biggest failure after everything he's accomplished is not being able to put 6,000 fans in the stands each game.  I can understand that he feels a lot of pressure to put fans in the seats, but I can't imagine what else he can do to get that done.  The Blast, the Wave's biggest competitor in the MISL draws nearly 8,000 per game or nearly 3 times the fans.  The Wave is even being outdrawn by two expansion franchises which for a city as proud of it's sports as Milwaukee is sad.  In a city and surrounding area where there is such a huge soccer loving base it's hard to believe the Cell isn't drawing more fans.  At it's core it's still 'the beautiful game' we all watch, love and pour our heart and soul into.  I hear a lot of people pushing to try to get an MLS team in Milwaukee, but how can we expect the MLS to put a team in a market that only moderately supports a perennial contender?

 

Back before I became a season ticket holder (which isn't that long ago) the Wave nearly folded, and after a very hard Save the Wave campaign Jim Lindenberg stepped up and saved the team from folding.  As a city we need to step up and make sure there doesn't have to be another Save the Wave anytime in the near future.  The only way we can ensure the success of the longest running indoor franchise is by coming out to games and supporting a championship caliber product.  Come on out and show the Wave the support they deserve for bringing home 5 championships already with a 6th on the way!!!

 

To make it even easier, the Wave is currently running a buy one $16 ticket and get one free deal on preordered tickets for all December home games, so you have no excuses not to come out!!!  All you have to do is call the Wave offices before 4pm tonight to get in on tonight's game and get tickets for the rest of the month as well!!!  You can bring out the kids for a great family night out or bring a few buddies and sit in the supporter section and throw back a few brews!!!  Either way, come on down and let's fill the Cell and show them how much we appreciate them!!!

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