Famous Johnsonville Buck-A-Brat Nights return for seventh season

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Crew's famous Johnsonville Buck-A-Brat Nights have returned to Crew Stadium for a seventh season and kick into high gear on Wednesday, June 22, when The Crew takes on the New England Revolution at 7:30 p.m.

All game long, and throughout the stadium, juicy, full-size Johnsonville Bratwurst will be sold for just $1 each, as they have been for all regular-season Wednesday home games since Crew Stadium opened in 1999.

After this Wednesday's game, the two other Johnsonville Buck-A-Brat Nights this season are on Wednesday, July 20, vs. the MetroStars at 7:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, September 21, vs. New England at 7:30 p.m.

A total of 270,673 brats have been consumed in the six-year Johnsonville Buck-A-Brat Night history, leaving the club just 29,327 brats away from hitting the 300,000 all-time brat mark.

"Johnsonville is very proud to be entering the 7th year in their support of the Columbus Crew," said Todd Jackson, Regional Business Manger, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC. "The Crew and Johnsonville continue to bring the Buck-A-Brat Night to the loyal fans of the crew. Buck-A-Brat night is an experience like no other and continues to be fun for the entire family."

Over the first 20 events, involving every regular-season Wednesday home game (plus one international match, two U.S. Open Cup matches and the 2002 U.S. Open Cup Final) since 1999, an average of 13,534 juicy, full-size Johnsonville bratwurst have been sold for just $1 each.

The all-time Brats-Per-Person (BPP) Ratio is a staggering .941 entering the 2005 season, meaning that 941 brats are consumed for every 1,000 people in attendance - or nearly one per person!

"Wednesday home games at Crew Stadium have become synonymous with Johnsonville Buck-A-Brat Nights," said Crew General Manager Mark McCullers. "The promotion's popularity and awareness has gained an almost mythical status."



DATE       ATTENDANCE      BRATS CONSUMED      BPP* RATIO
6-16-99    14,005           14,659             1.047
6-30-99    15,397           15,217              .988
7-7-99     18,101           17,812              .984
6-28-00    13,030           12,707              .975
7-12-00    12,998           11,781              .906
8-16-00    16,192           13,545              .837
8-30-00    15,941           15,007              .941
5-29-01     9,389            7,424              .791
7-18-01    15,855           14,433              .910
8-1-01     17,705           16,027              .905
8-15-01    19,008           17,847              .939
6-19-02    14,089           11,995              .851
7-24-02    17,368           17,150              .987
8-14-02    17,860           17,461              .978
10-24-02    6,054            5,493              .940
7-23-03    14,632           14,253              .974
8-13-03    17,193           16,969              .987
6-30-04     5,288            5,046              .954
7-28-04    13,069           12,110              .927
8-18-04    14,580           13,737              .942

TOTALS       287,754        270,673             .941


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