Originally created 05/12/02

Undefeated Stallions want a sellout



Following Augusta's 48-47 arenafootball2 victory over Macon on Friday night, fullback/linebacker Dirk Lincicome questioned what the team has to do to have a sellout.

After all, the Stallions are 5-0. No attendance figures were released by the team after the game, but on the league's Web site Saturday a box score showed just 3,614 fans in attendance. The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center holds 6,200 people for Stallions games.

In its home opener two weeks ago, Augusta had 4,188 fans there.

"If we have to sacrifice live chickens to get people in the seats, then we'll do it," Lincicome said. "We'll do whatever it takes. Maybe we need to give out free T-shirts to everybody who comes. I don't know.

"We're undefeated again and we still can't fill the seats. That's upsetting. But we're going to play hard every game, whether people are here or not. We love the people who are here. We just want 'em to bring more people."

The Stallions - who opened last season with six straight wins - have six home games remaining this season, excluding playoffs. Augusta's next home game is May 24 against Charleston.

Stallions players are hoping the civic center will be packed in two weeks. But with the game scheduled on the start of Memorial Day weekend, a sellout isn't likely.

"Hopefully, the city of Augusta will come out and support us," offensive specialist Undre Williams said. "We need our fans behind us. I think we'll have a bigger turnout the next home game."

The third-year arenafootball2 franchise has just one game listed as a sellout. Its largest crowd ever - 6,228 fans - showed up for Augusta's home opener during its inaugural season in 2000. The Stallions averaged 5,228 fans a game that year.

Last year, the Stallions' largest crowd of the season - 4,781 fans - appeared at their home opener. In 2001, Augusta's average attendance dipped to 3,850 fans a game.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 114.