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Famous Johnsonville Buck-A-Brat nights return for sixth season

The Columbus Crew's famous Johnsonville Buck-A-Brat nights return to Crew Stadium for a sixth season.

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. Special bonus Johnsonville Buck-A-Brat nights have been added in the past and one has already been added this season, Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup round of 32 game vs. the Syracuse Salty Dogs (A-League) at 7:30 p.m.

The 2004 regular-season will feature two more Buck-A-Brat nights, the first on Wednesday, July 28, vs. the Dallas Burn and the other on Wednesday, August 18, vs. the Kansas City Wizards. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m.

"Johnsonville is very proud to be entering the sixth year in their support of the Columbus Crew," said Jim Huston, regional sales manager, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC. "The partnership continues to deliver a high quality experience to the loyal Columbus Crew fan base. Buck-A-Brat night is an experience that can't be matched anywhere in the world."

Over the first 17 events, involving every regular-season Wednesday home game (plus one international match and the 2002 U.S. Open Cup final) since 1999, an average of 14,105 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 2004 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 interim Crew general manager Mark McCullers. "It seems that their popularity just continues to grow and it's fun to see the response they continue to receive."

All time Buck-A-Brat night statistics

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
TOTALS  254,817      239,780         .941

* Brats per person


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