"As someone noted earlier here, [James White] had packed the audience for Round One with groupies from hundreds of miles away" [source].
compare to the recent debate:
"First of all, this was an embarassingly unattended event. At most, there were 30 people in the auditorium. One would think that Mr. White would draw a bigger crowd than that" [source].
This debate was held in a Roman Catholic school. It's not Dr. White's problem if Roman Catholics on Long Island don't care enough about the immaculate conception and sinlessness of Mary to attend a debate.