Scott Mitchell has been quoted saying the Cats have 3,000 more season ticket holders this year. Last year's season opener had 23,852 fans, which isn't bad, but isn't great either. This year has the added bonus of being the last year for Ivor Wynne plus some of the stench from the stadium issue has drifted away. Going into the season, the Cats have appeared to have made some good personal moves.
Saskatchewan is also traditionally a good draw, although I wonder if so early in the season is the best placement for maximizing Rider fans. The Riders could suck this year, so maybe having them in when they are 0-0 and the fans are still delusional could work out better.
I would say over 25,000 is easily doable, but I wouldn't tack on 3,000 to last year's number. I would love to be wrong though.