Newcastle Jets planning to capitalise on LA Galaxy visit
Saturday night's match, as well as the build-up during the week, was a complete success but now the Jets have to make the most of it by keeping the fans coming back to EnergyAustralia Stadium.
The crowd of 23,317 on the weekend was a great outcome for the club and though positive results are expected to come, Jets executive chairman Ken Edwards said it would not be immediately.
"It's not as easy as that," Edwards said about instant upshots.
"The Beckham and Galaxy thing attracted a lot of people for other reasons.
"But what it has given us is an opportunity to connect with those people, and we'll be looking to see how many of them we can get to come regularly to Jets games.
"We don't expect there to be a huge spike in crowds yet. We think there will be some incremental benefit. But how big that will be, we're yet to determine."
Jets coach Branko Culina said that this event was only the tip of the iceberg for the Hunter club.
"It's a dream come true, but this is just a touch of what this club wants to do," Culina said after the match which the Jets won 2-1.
"You top it by doing well when it really matters.
"No disrespect, it mattered tonight in many ways . . . but it's all about winning silverware."
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