- “…a game that was played in front of less than 9,000 fans.”
In English, we distinguish between countable things and, uh, glop.
Well, glop isn’t the official term. Technically, it’s singular mass nouns.
- The game is attended by fewer than 9,000 fans.
- But you have less than 9,000 gallons of beer at the game.
Depending on your tastes, yeah, glop.