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13K in 17 Minutes


The MTS Centre in Winnipeg, the soon to be home of the NHL’s Winnipeg franchise, seats 15,015 people when configured as a hockey venue.  When season tickets went on sale after 15 years of a city desperately waiting for NHL hockey’s return, it took 17 minutes to sell 13,000 of them.  True North Sports and Entertainment, the new owners of what was the Atlanta Thrashers, spent less than 72 hours on their season ticket campaign, met their goal, and guaranteed that 86.5% of tickets for next year are already sold.

To put that in perspective the Thrashers were 28th in attendance in 2010/11 with an average false amended inflated attendance of 13,469 or 72.6%.  Without a puck being dropped, Winnipeg has already topped Atlanta’s numbers season on season.  I won’t even get into how much I absolutely doubt the accuracy of that attendance figure for Atlanta.  Let’s just say the organization was buying its own tickets to make itself look better.  People who went to games there  said they usually saw less than 5,000 people in seats.  The television camera generally agreed with them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by ozman51

June 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM

200 Whole Fans Rally In Atlanta


Thrashers fans focus their anger on a Go Jets Go Banner

The Thrashers have an annual “Select-A-Seat” event for their season ticker holders.  The event was held again this year despite heavy rumors and some confirmations regarding the team’s upcoming relocation to Winnipeg.  Two hundred fans came together to voice their opinion on the pending move and how they feel about the Atlanta Spirit Group who currently, technically, still owns the Thrashers and the NBA Atlanta Hawks.   I’ll repeat that.  Two hundred fans gathered.

This was an event for season ticket holders.  Sure I get that recent events and rumors have likely led to a decline in interest or desire to be around the thing that is ripping the heart out of hockey in Atlanta but all you could muster was two hundred fans?  No wonder you can’t fill an arena. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM

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