Re: Running back to Saskatoon?
posted at 3/2/2012 9:44 AM EST
In Response to Re: Running back to Saskatoon?
[QUOTE]The other unknown in this equation is the impact of a deep playoff run by the Coyotes. If they can somehow make it to the Conference Finals (say), does that generate enough interest to create a sufficient fan base in Glendale/Phoenix? The official attendance at the Canucks/Coyotes game the other night was 16,691 (thought it looked like 5,000 were wearing blue jerseys), so perhaps there is a glimmer of hope for the 'Yotes? Given the state of the sports teams in the desert, a little success could go a long way.
Posted by 49-North[/QUOTE]
This I'm sure this was part of the reason that some of these cities were chosen for expansion in the 90's. Transplant fans. Maybe the Coyotes dont have 17,000 fans that will show up per a night, but when popular teams are on the road its likely that they can bring in fans who will coincide a vacation to that spot and catch a cheap game with thier favorite team being there. Pheonix, Tampa, Florida, and San Jose all come to mind for this plan. San Jose has proven that all you need is a winner and that will build its own fan base. Wonder though what will happen with that fan base once they have to rebuild and IMO that will be coming soon for them.
All these southern teams are like 5-6th on the sports depth chart for thier area. Where all the northern teams are 1st-2nd. Thats the issue at hand really. How many people in florida are likely to dish out a couple hundred to go see the Lightning play? How many will spend that same money to go watch a Nascar Race? I live in NH and get free Nascar tickets everytime they come up here. Makes it look like its full and I never go, as I dont see the appeal of watching cars take left hand turns all day, I've never gotten free Bruins tickets though.
I'm sure Tampa is 100% the opposite, you can get free Lightning tickets as promo's down there.. good luck getting a Nascar ticket though.
So lets take Tampa for instance as a example further. NBA, college basket ball, NFL, college football, MLB, Nascar are all larger draws then the NHL. So The NHL is 7th on the depth chart for the average family on a budget to maybe go see an event or two per a year. It's not likely to be the NHL as the choice, unless your a transplant from the north who allready loves hockey and your gona wait till the team you love allready comes around.
So the summary is it wouldnt suprise anyone at all that there would be an abundence of Vancouver fans in Glendale, in the middle of February. Sounds like the perfect scenario to go on vacation and play some golf and catch a game that you can get easy tickets for. I think the NHL planned on this and really the 5,000 or so you say you saw might be low to what they were looking to draw consistently.