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  1. Hartford Athletic soccer

    After the last go around of expansion it was clear we just aren't on the short list. But honestly the MLS has a huge issue with overpriced venues, taxpayers footing the bill and the the fans not showing up due to outrageous prices. Just like the Yard Goats and Uconn hockey cheap prices and a smaller league soccer team with affordable prices may be the way to go.
  2. Uconn hockey and basketball need Hartford games period. 100% on campus won't draw as well. At the same time its amazing they can't make a multipurpose modern arena that can house both basketball/hockey. Many of the other hockey east schools have this abillity from BU/BC/UNH/UM*****. And for a state school like Um***** they aren't getting NCAA mens basketball or American football revenue but still have it. They really need a modern looking 12,000 seat on campus arena to house both hockey and basketball and then most of the schedule at the XLC for basketball and hockey.
  3. AHL BOG just approved these new conferences. Springfield, Hartford, and Bridgeport all still in the same division.
  4. Are you surprised by this?

    That is most likely from retired snowbirds and the growing southwestern bolts fanbase
  5. Are you surprised by this?

    Not with the amount of Bruins fans in Hartford in the 18 to 30 year old demographic. There are so many people that in the last 5 years in my late 20s that are going to bruins games than they did 10 years ago when we were seniors in high school. The bruins are the new red sox to kids in central and eastern Ct. kids care less about regular season baseball and hockey is all the rage for fair weather boston sports lovers. Also the young/middle age female market for actually watching and going to bruins games is up. Girls are more into hockey than i have seen in my 27 years of living especially being into the individual players.
  6. Still to early to determine if it will be a novelty or fad. However i think it's great the team is seeing higher ticket sales. For people like me that have lived in Northern Hartford county it's nice to have an option here downtown as getting to bristol for the rock cats was a pain during rush hour. Whereas even with backroads there are ways to get to to Hartford and leave Hartford much quicker than taking the **rther drive down to NB.
  7. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    They aren't seeling 4,000 tickets per game to non STH. Even with those tickets given away for free there are tons of games this year that were below 4,000 attendance wise.
  8. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Using your dropping attendance = lower profit margins argument the wolf back must be having an even harder time bringing in revenue when they have much steeper attendance drops than Uconn hockey and they have over 30 games a year which is more costly than the amount uconn hockey has at the XL.
  9. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Would have never said that 20 years but yeah. I used to go to 10 plus AHL games a year in the middle of a loaded youth hockey season back in the day. But as an adult i have 0 interest to go to AHL games unless i see the baby flyers from Leigh Valley. Despite being a critic of the level of play in college hockey during uconns first XL season i started going to more and more games and have a connection/rooting interest in a team everyone can root for (uconn men's hockey). I would rather have 17 or so hockey dates downtown and have the entire market rally around most of those games than 30 something AHL games and 17 or so uconn games. Across the board attendance is dropping for the pack and leveling off for Uconn hockey. That said the loudest and most crowd heavy games downtown nowadays are uconn hockey games. I know this won't happen anytime soon. And in some ways 36ish home ahl games helps parking lots and a select amount of business more than it hurts. But I am all about having Quality events that generate more profit at the XL. And Quantity of events which is why the venue is losing money.
  10. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    By taking on the entire wolf pack season the venue is already in the red. That means something is happening where those pack games are not profitable. Because the concerts are doing well and most of the kids shows get decent draws as well as the Wrestling. The pack are more of a liability to pay the bills for staff and facilities than they are an *****et. As far as uconn hockey unless i see money truly going toward the Ice Forumn i will see it to believe it. The home ice advantage is much greater downtown for big games than it would be on campus. The games downtown bring in the community in good numbers for the bigger scale opponents. And that is something Uconn could use to compete. BU (home game 2), UNH, and BC had large crowds and the team played better than most games with those big crowds. UNH was the most agressive/physical i had seen the team all year.
  11. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Where are these figures coming from regarding revenue for Wolf Pack Games? I could say the same concept concession wise with the pack if they are selling 2 dollar beers and 1 dollar hot dogs on friday's that revenue is going down. On top of all that the operational costs for games and practices for the wolf pack easily can outweigh the profit coming into the city. The hockey culture in hartford doesn't depend on AHL or NHL hockey being downtown. There are more hockey viewers i know now (that didn't grow up playing the sport) than there was 10 years ago when i was in high school. This is due to the success of both the Bruins and Rangers and kids that never saw one of my high school games 10 years ago (when we were #1 in the state for a month) but go to hockey games in Boston and New York often or watch on TV/NHL apps. And from an energy perspective the top uconn hockey games at the XL > the top wolf pack games The pack even on scout night or opening night aren't nearly as loud as the BC, BU, and UNH games. I would rather have the community rally around just Uconn hockey than a rangers affiliate.
  12. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    Honestly if we just had uconn hockey downtown the market would be fine. There are less games putting emphasis on every home game. If they could fill up just Uconn hockey games and get higher concessions and ticket sales for less dates i think the balance sheet finance wise would be better. Now i think EVO has a point that overall losing the 38 dates may hurt local parking and wages for workers at the XL. But clearly given the low turnout for the pack the cost to play those games only going up and the ticket and concession revenue going down it is a big factor for profitability for the venue.
  13. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    In 2018 the Rangers benefit much more from this deal than Hartford and the XLC. In the first 5 years of the pack the venue was filled up and it drove much more people downtown. For youth hockey players like me it was a pipeline to see players who were going to the NHL very soon and were going to be 2nd or 3rd line pieces toward playoff runs after development. Now the crowds are very thin, more prospects are starting in the NHL from day 1, and even with cheap beer and hot dogs they don't draw well. If they cut the entire wolf pack season and the XL could host 8 to 10 more concerts/comedians/kid shows instead of nearly 40 pack games the city and XL would be better off. Concerts were getting 3 to 4 times as many people down to Hartford than a wolf pack game. And opening up all those dates for concerts would be better. Bands most likely go to Mohegan over Hartford just because of the wolf pack games getting in the way.
  14. Wolf Pack renew XLC agreement

    I wonder what the terms are to the agreement. Especially the part on if the Rangers are actually paying the Spectra/XL or not.
  15. 7,372

    Biggie you gotta admit you were 100% wrong about the support of Uconn hockey. While the first BU/Uconn game had lower attendance this fall tonight was the 3rd largest home crowd at the XL center for the huskies. Now even i did not expect attendance to be ramped up as much as it did but i always had faith that despite the poor record a month ago people were supporting this team at a high level. The chants, the crowd and the energy tonight were amazing. And a few things can be learned from this 1. The team plays harder and better in front of these big crowds 2. If you lower prices to the regular D1 average ticket price fans will come 3. Uconn hockey has the chance to have the biggest crowd sizes for big east hockey Sure BU and BC are having down years. But for a team 1 game below .500 the crowds that UConn hockey is getting downtown for for big opponents is an amazing feat. I mean even the beanpot with 4 premier Boston area teams isn't drawing what Uconn has drawn for UNH, BC, and BU round 2. Hope**lly they find a way to keep endzone seating low for 2018-19 and start making the upper decks value tickets. The middle seats at the same prices are being purchased. We just need to keep lower prices for the cheap seats because clearly it is working.
  16. Seattle, which began a season ticket drive Thursday in its effort to become an NHL expansion team, received 10,000 deposits in 12 minutes and about 25,000 in total. The ownership group applied to the NHL for an expansion team on Feb. 13. If Seattle is awarded an NHL team, its owners expect to announce final ticket prices in 2019. The group, led by Jerry Bruckheimer, a Hollywood producer, David Bonderman, a private equity CEO, and Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, was authorized Dec. 7 to file an application for expansion by the NHL Board of Governors. It paid a $10 million application fee, Sportsnet reported. "S****-shocked is best way to put it," Leiweke told TSN about the amount of deposits. "We sold 10,000 season tickets in 12 minutes and we're just short of 25,000 so I guess the fans have spoken. The fans in Seattle have made it a resounding vote which is they are ready for the National Hockey League. They are counting on us to bring the NHL here." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in December that the cost of the team would be $650 million. Seattle would become the 32nd NHL team. "It's a dream come true [to see the number of ticket sales]," Bruckheimer told TSN. "I'm so excited to bring this sport, which is a great sport, to this community that so needs a winter sport. They're going to be overwhelmed by the entertainment this sport will bring to this town."
  17. UConn's Hockey East Scenarios

    So it's offical Uconn has a bye and will play at BU in 2 weeks. Ironically going to a Flyers Bruins game that Thursday. Almost wish i could stay in town for the Friday BU/Uconn game.
  18. UConn's Hockey East Scenarios

    While BU and BC are having mediocre years (for their programs history) Uconn played up for those games and clearly played down for the Um***** game. Hope**lly they will bring their A game for the tournament even if they get a first round home game against an inferior team. I bought a single behind the penalty boxes and what were "sold" in that row maybe half those seats in row J but def look like at least 4K maybe not 5K.
  19. UConn's Hockey East Scenarios

    I got a ticket last night. The cool thin is the mentor group i run at my church got 2 free comp tickets since we brought a group of 14 kids to Ohio state earlier in the year. I am guessing those seats are behind the goal visitors shoot twice but it was a nice gesture. Isn't it also season ticket appreciation night?
  20. 7,372

    Yeah i don't think there should be freebies the entire season to boost attendance however one free game or one discounted game for those STH of other sports is the gateway into them considering paying **ll price in the **ture. Same thing with youth groups, and schools and mentor programs. I took a mentor group to a game and most of the kids from it hadn't been exposed to hockey ever. But that game where we got a group rate for Ohio State these kids were raving about going again next year. If they started a promo next year where they marketed low demand games to various groups in the community and gave them a special rate of $5 a kid (or maybe free tickets) you are bringing in kids that will want to go again and then you can have them back next year for 10 or 15 per person or they will ask their parents to take them for **ll price later in the year. To me live hockey even in a state like CT is something people have to have an incentive to see once for free and a % of those who see it for free will be hooked for life. Same thing happened with high school friends that never saw me play live even though my team at one point was #1 in the state 10 years ago. Some of those same friends went to college in Boston and got dragged to college hockey games at a low student price and fell in love with the sport. They are now rangers or bruins fans that pay NHL prices for tons of hockey games now.
  21. 7,372

    I doubt hockey east and the NCAA will do anything. I frequently check the empty seats galore twitter page and there are tons of NCAA venues with tons of empty seats the same size as the XL (KFC Yum Center, Bryce Jordan Center, John Paul Jones Arena). And as far as Hockey East as long as Uconn continues to bring more exposure to hockey east i am sure they will make ammends like they have with the Hockey east logo being behind the goal line. Mind you being at some of the low crowd games this season it didn't look any worse than the photos from this years Beanpot Mondays where there were larger packs of yellow seats everywhere. While the XL is big the curtains do make it look better and most hockey games aren't even on TV so the games with 3,000 fans aren't even exposed to a National market. And the games that are making TV are some of the highest attended games. Uconn downtown could be a case study to prove to Hockey East what happens when you allow a team to play closer to suburban hockey fans instead of playing on an isolated campus. Most non student hockey fans don't really wan't to go to on campus hockey games even on the weekends. This is present across the entire nation where students can get in for free or for cheap and there are tons of empty seats at schools like Minnesota and Michigan State and Notre Dame and Boston University. But fans are actually showing up the last few months to support a sub .500 uconn hockey team because games were played much more closer to the uconn fanbase instead of being out in storrs.
  22. 7,372

    The crazy thing about this entire run is this team has been below .500 and been far from being ranked but they are getting crowds as large as ranked teams. That's why I have hope for the **ture support of uconn hockey in hartford. If they continue to get better recruits and can try to maintain being in the middle of hockey east things are looking great. They really can be like the 80s and 90s Syracuse men's basketball teams that for big games got crowds much larger than the average venue and the energy intimidated road opponents. I don't expect uconn to have 6 or 7K every game. But if they can get those crowds 3 or 4 times a year the college hockey world will take notice. And it will be a good look for hockey east. Uconn football below .500 is brutal to watch. Uconn mens basketball at .500 is brutal to watch. But even these last few years of losing seasons for hockey i have brought friends and they had a great time due to most of these games being 1 or 2 goal games. That's why i think it is critical for Uconn Athletics to this year and next year give season ticket holders for basketball and football free tickets or comp tickets to a uconn hockey game. Not saying they will automatically covert hundreds of those fans to buy hockey season tickets. But they could at least get those uconn fans of other sports to take time to see 1 or 2 games a year at **ll price in the **ture. My girlfriends stepfather got discounted tickets to Friday's game due to his football season ticket commitment. And a game like Friday night can't do anything but make him wanna go back in the **ture.
  23. AHL competing with NHL

    The issue is there is no money in minor league anything weather it be football, baseball, baksetball or hockey. Investment groups want to make money plain and simple. They want a city to bend over and **nd most of the arena so they can stay billionaires and if things go south the city gets screwed over. We are seeing thing ever more present with MLS soccer and of course all the major sports. A new hockey league is bound to fail and be worse than the AHL. Again there isn't a large fan desire for regular season minor league hockey. Without demand and disposable income going a certain way your rough draft or any idea like this is doomed to fail.
  24. 7,372

    Most teams have seats between the blue line for 20-25 second tier seats in the corners and goals anywhere from $11 to 20 granted any seat in most college hockey rink is a great view. New taxes aside i think that uconn could easily make more affordable upper level seats for a few reasons. 1. With most of these promos people are still paying $20 for the premium seats between the blue lines helping uconn and the XL to make a base amount of money on around 1,500 to 2,000 seats that have great views. After that in my opinion the rest of the seats in the XLC mind should be bonus money. By that i mean opening up the already empty upper levels behind the goals doesn't cost any more. If the lowest crowds this year were around 2,500 why not add $15 lower goal seats and $10 upper end seats? Yesterday being in the upper level center everyone by me was buying beers and food constantly during the game. Uconn doesn't see that but that concession money cold help the XL get some of it's cost back. And on top of that all the local parking areas and bars last night got a boost from people going there after. 2. Use the upper level to reward sponsors/uconn ticket holders. Some of these uppper level seats were given to loyal uconn football season tixs holders and if they wen't yesterday or to UNH or BC i bet you they will come back based on those games being great experiences. Get these paying football and basketball ticketholders in the cheap seats behind the goal and maybe you sell them on getting a mini plan next year for uconn hockey. My girlfriends parents went last night and as football season ticketholders the experience makes them wanna go back.
  25. Right now yes. KC has hockey transplants from Michigan and Minnesota and the Dakotas that come there for jobs. They would have more of a hockey culture than Houston. If arizona had to move cities in the Western Conference KC would be the most logical choice right now.