Monday, November 21, 2005

This just in: winning = $

From today's Ottawa Sun

After sizzling sales Saturday -- when the Senators put single-game tickets for the second half of the season on sale -- Senators president Roy Mlakar said the club is on pace to break its single-season attendance mark.

"We're on target to sell out 31 of our 41 home games right now," said Mlakar, "and that can only get better. We'll beat the attendance record."

The Senators single-season attendance mark is 729,515 (an average of 17,793) in the 2000-2001 season in what was then the 18,500-seat Corel Centre.

With the capacity boosted by making more tickets available in the suites, the Senators have averaged 19,220 through 11 home games this season.

That translates into total attendance in the 788,000-range. Saturday's strong sales -- there were 250 people in line when the doors opened -- indicate the strong support at the gate should continue.

The article notes that the corporate backing is still not at the level the team would like, but you have to think, if they keep winning, even those tight wads will be won over.


At 12:54 PM, Anonymous jameso said...

I know Ottawa isn't that big a city, but honestly, with a team like that, how is it that the Sens aren't selling out every game? There aren't going to be many years like this, and if they can't do it this year, then when?
Still, it's encouraging that some people are getting the bug from having a really hot team.

At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think appeal of the visiting team still has a lot to do with it. If I'm going to drop $200 on a night at the game, there are still many opposing teams with no draw for me.
Florida - beyond watching Lungo make 45 saves, boring team
Caps -- beyond watching Kolzig make 55 saves...
Columbus - we should be paid to watch that team
Sabres - can the sens score 100 goals this season vs. Buffalo alone?
Phoenix - only if Gretzky plays
Ottawa is still a smal enough market that a casual fan, or fan with a restricted wallet, can be picky about what games they attend. Only in Toronto are people excited to see the Blue Jackets, and that's just because it's so hard to get ACC tickets.


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