Eagles' Fever is sweeping the Tohoku Region.
There were apparently 3,000 people waiting in line for the stadium to open on Friday night. And about 200 fans ended up watching the game on the big screen TVs set-up outside the stadium. The announced attendance was a season high, 21,303.
And while 3,000 may sound like a lot, it was nothing compared to how many people were apparently waiting in line outside the stadium when the gates opened at 11am.
...and that number set a club record.
And stadium attendance was announced at 21,388, establishing a new season.
Incidentally, it's nice to finally see some people wearing Eagles' caps and uniforms while walking around in Sendai.
I think I may have actually been the only person in Sendai wearing an Eagles' cap last week while walking around in the middle of the city. Seriously. I remember walking around the shopping malls in the middle of Sendai City the day after the team clinched a top 3 spot and not seeing a single person wearing an Eagles' cap.
It was also kind of nice to see Sendai Station lit up with Eagles' spirit. All the food gift shop employees were wearing Eagles' bandanas on their heads or happi's. Pretty neat stuff.
I guess it took a First Round Climax Series Victory to finally loosen people up in Sendai.