Monday, January 29, 2007

AHL all-stars a bust in Toronto

While MLSE officials said there were 7,000 tickets distributed for the game last night at the 8,000-seat Ricoh Coliseum, the number of bodies in the seats was considerably less. It was the same story the previous night at the skills competition, which was part of the ticket packages, as the arena was about half full.
It certainly wasn't hard to see this one coming.


At 11:06 p.m., January 29, 2007, Anonymous Logan said...

I like this part of the article:

"The Wolves and Phantoms safeguard against this by employing several NHL veterans who know they will not be headed back to the NHL. Kyle Wanvig, Fred Brathwaite and Steve Martins are currently with the Wolves."

The Wolves don't employ Brathwaite and Wanvig. The Thrashers do. While Wanvig won't likely get a call-up regardless of who gets hurt in Atlanta, Brathwaite is one groin-pull, knee tweak or back spasm away from getting a phone call.

At 12:45 a.m., January 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it take an MBA to know that tickets to minor-league (AHL, CHL) hockey should be $20 or less?
"MARLIES HOCKEY...(highlights of goals and fights)...where else could you have this much fun for twenty bucks? ($10 for 12 and under)."
Fill building. Sell lots of crappy, overpriced souvenirs, stale popcorn and watered-down pop.

At 3:15 a.m., January 30, 2007, Blogger Graham said...

it should be clear that Torontonians are not sports or even hockey fans - theyre Leaf fans.

At 10:34 a.m., January 30, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

It's just like Quebec and Montreal fans were/are Nordiques and Habs fans. It would be tough to sell second-tier hockey in any Canadian market that has an NHL team if the prices aren't on par with the product.

$54 is ridiculous for an AHL game.

At 11:24 a.m., January 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it's been said the price are ridiculous.

The Hamilton Bulldog ask 25$ for genereal and 20$ for students, 65+.

Same with the Rochester Americans, one of the best franchise in the AHL. the best tickets are 19$.

At 10:10 p.m., January 30, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

The prices are indeed too high.

The other problem is location, location, location. To get to Ricoh, you either have to go to the trouble of a fairly lengthy transit ride, or drive, but pay $10 for parking.

So that's that then. I'll just say home.


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