Looking at the attendance...I don't think they underperformed being that Philly then was an Eagles, Flyers town and Phillies were a World Series team in '83 and Sixers were in Finals in '82 and were champs in 1983. Stars attendance was good. The one thing about USFL is its afairweather sport too. Rain - will have big impact.super390 wrote: ↑Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:32 pmThe Stars underperformed in attendance in the old USFL, given the outstanding teams it had. It played boring football but that's forgiven in the Northeast as long as you win.
It's forgotten that it moved to "Baltimore" in 1985 to supposedly avoid head-to-head competition with the Eagles in the planned switch to fall. But it didn't draw well anyplace at all. In reality its new home was the Univ. of Maryland's stadium on the border of the District of Columbia. You can actually get there using the DC subway system, so it was closer to the District than Redskins Park. Thus this still put it in conflict with an NFL market, and it went badly.
https://sites.google.com/site/remembert ... attendance
Over 18k yr 1, 28k yr 2 - That's excellent IMO.
Recall Jax had no Jags, Denver no NHL or MLB team, Birmingham still nothing, TB no MLB or NHL, AZ no MLB or NHL.
Philly was a competitive sports town as I illustrated above yet Philly supported the Stars.
https://www.inquirer.com/philly/sports/ ... ondly.html
>> But the Stars were head and shoulders the best team in that league during its all-too-brief existence. They won two of the league's three championships (1984-85) and lost in the title game in the other (1983). They won 41 of 54 regular-season games and seven of eight in the postseason.
And the city loved them. They had a 25,000 season-ticket base in only their second season of existence. More than 50,000 people lined the eight-block parade route after the '84 championship game, and another 30,000 jammed JFK Plaza for the post-parade celebration. <<
Philly is a NO BRAINER for USFL return.