Despite success, Trenton Freedom still struggle drawing a crowd

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TRENTON — Their quarterback is tops in the league.


His receiving corps has put up the best numbers in the Professional Indoor Football League.


Their defense has no other unit even close to it.


So what are the Trenton Freedom doing wrong that they can’t even fill half the seats in the lower level at Sun National Bank Arena?


Certainly it’s not because of the brand of football they’re playing.


They were back at arena Saturday night for their next-to-last home game, playing the only team they haven’t beaten this season: the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks from just up the Delaware.


Trenton, riding a three-game win streak, and Lehigh Valley, having lost two in a row, were playing for first place in the National Division, with the winner likely to take a giant step to hosting the playoffs late next month


Who knows why the place was only a quarter full?


“Who knows why,” said Chuck Plumeri, who used to come to watch the old Trenton Steel when they played entertaining indoor football here three seasons, then folded their tent after one season when they made the playoffs as an expansion team. “This football is better than the Steel played, and they were a pretty good team. The fans that do come out — the few hundred of them — like the team and really get into the game.


“Too bad there aren’t more of them. I’m sure the players would like more fans. They deserve more the way they play. They keep it exciting right to the end.”

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