Well, we can blame previous low crowd figures in the GTA on the fact that there was never a pure, adequate soccer facility in the area.
The Lynx attendance could increase to around the 5,000 mark, maybe even higher with this new facility.
High profile National games would be most likely sell outs our near sellouts. This was true with Germany and Holland selling out Varsity back in the summer of 1994. Even a game versus Iran in 1997 drew 16,000.
And that was at the VERY old Varsity Stadium. Not exactly an inviting place for a lot of people. Varsity was ancient. The East stand was built in the 1920's, and the West in the 50's. Oh and it had wooden benches, which to most part in the 80's and 90's were in very poor conditions.
I'm quite optimistic that our national squad could draw well with a new stadium and renewed interest in soccer.
Rugby needs a home too. A recent game in Kingston at Richardson Stadium drew a partisan crowd of 9,000 in the 11,000 capacity venue.
Build the stadium, maybe the MLS will follow.
50,000 is way too much. I think the stadium will be built like this:
With the corners being completed in the future for increased capacity.
But it's all wishful thinking at this point, until we get some more info on this project. I'm gonna pop open the champagne when the shovel hits the ground.