MarkH2919

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  1. "The way Evo was talking on his show, I don't think UConn cares if Frietas is to small. Honestly, they could leave, save money on not paying rent or busing students to Hartford and building their own HE. Kind of like what people on here have said about a NHL team moving here before the upgrades and just waiting until they have want they want. UConn has already put a ton of money into the campus in Storrs, and they're still talking about either upgrading or replacing Frietas. Also, UConn has to have an arena on-campus that can hold Hockey East games or be kicked out of the conference. They have plans to expand Frietas to hold around 3250 seats and it sounds like they're waiting to see what is done at the XL Center before they announce what they're going to do. At least that's the way the Courant made it sound in an article about the sports upgrades a few months ago." In order... 1) I don't watch Pete's show. 2) UConn HAS to care that Frietas is too small, HE has already informed there they can't play any regular season games there until it gets up to HE standards, that's why they play in Hartford to being with. 3) There is a downtown Hartford campus of UConn now, so the whole "busing students to the XL" thing...uh...doesn't really come into play anymore. 4) HE wanted them to build on campus...but that stance may have softened, especially considering the attendance numbers in Hartford. 5) They will eventually expand Frietas, but even if/when they do, the majority of HE games will still be in Hartford...why? More money, and UConn is all about making money.
  2. "I called my rep with UConn and he said that the Fan Zone is only for the Pack and that UConn will have seats there instead" My rep with UConn said they had no info about the Fan Zone as yet...either we have a different rep, or someone is getting bad info. Would you like to share who your rep at UConn is?
  3. Heh. How are they going to prevent people from using it? I mean, seriously...use your brains, people.
  4. "Without the upgrades even being started UConn and the Wolf Pack could be out after this season. Don't believe me?" I believe the WolfPack could be out after this season. Not UConn. Why? Because they don't have anyplace else to go. Frietas is too small and not up to HE standards. Nice try.
  5. Don't bother with them Jersey. You give a lot more to Hartford hockey than these trolls.
  6. OK, my ticket rep at UConn called back. He didn't have a lot of specifics, he said more info would become available once we got closer to the season. As I said to him on the phone, I can't imagine the area being closed for UConn games and open for the WolfPack, that just doesn't make sense business wise.
  7. "You might when your next potential employer runs an internet search and sees your....ah....mental stability" Or, more accurately, his first potential employer.
  8. Not that I don't trust Ricky, but I'd prefer to get this right from the source. So I have called my ticket rep at UConn and left a message, we'll see what he says.
  9. Get help Greg. You really, really need it.
  10. Greg, I'm STILL not WhalerCentral. The NHL is going to give Las Vegas every possible chance to succeed. There is no chance...and I mean NO chance Vegas moves in 10 years. Arizona will move...somewhere...in the next 10 years. Carolina will move...somewhere...in the next 10 years. Vegas will not. You can put that in stone if you wish.
  11. If anybody needed any more evidence that Greg needs professional help, all they would have to do is look at what he's done on this forum the last hour or two. It also provides more than enough evidence to the Courant that his IP should be blocked and he should be banned from here for good.
  12. "You were certain all your predictions were foolproof. Enough said." They weren't my predictions. They were based on info given to me from people that are/were in the know. "And you're a piece of *****. Nothing new there." Awww....so cute. Oh, I'm still not WhalerCentral. Now go ahead and post as Bettman or one of your other 10-12 names you've got on here to retort... Or are you going to challenge me to meet you one-on-one like you did before? LOL. What a dope.
  13. "You think I'm Bettman and that Biggie is THHF. And I still think you're WC haha" I'm certain you're Bettman. I'm also certain THHF isn't Biggie. Biggie hates the Whalers. And I also think you're an idiot.
  14. I know that brains are not Greg's strong suit, so I'll just provide the following... It's pretty hard to average 17,000/game when your building only seats 15,000. And it's pretty hard to be in the top half of the league in attendance when you have one of the smallest capacity buildings in the league, which was a problem in both Boston and Hartford until the new Garden opened in 1995. Oh, and I'm STILL not WhalerCentral.
  15. "I think that Mark's guess that AHL teams give out somewhere around 10-20% of their tickets is a little high. I would guess that they discount somewhere around that and probably giveaway about 5% and that would include the tickets for the players friends and family." Oh, I would bet the group/discounted tickets are more than you think. You really think on a night where the Pack have less than 2000 in the building that only 100 of those tickets are giveaways (which would be 5%)?? Sorry, but I disagree. I have been told this by quite a few people that work in minor league sports...at both the XL Center, and this year talking to some of the people I know that work with the Yard Goats...minor league sports teams really rely on group sales. It's a big market for them.
  16. I have no problem at all with discounted or group tickets. And if a team wants to give tickets away for a charitable cause, that's OK, as long as those are kept to a bare minimum. As for the 2000 tickets, I just used that as an example. 2000 of 5000 is 40%, which would be extreme, I'm sure. But I don't think 10-20% of 5000 would be.
  17. Jersey, I'm not questioning that. Every team has freebies. I'm questioning just how many are freebies. With the Major League teams, the freebies most likely range from the near zero range to the 10-20% range, depending on the popularity of the team. For example...it's a safe guess that NHL teams like Carolina, Florida and Arizona give a bunch of seats away for every game, where other NHL teams like the Canadiens, Rangers and Blackhawks give very few away. But in the minors...I'm sure every team gives away a bunch of seats. The point is if a minor league team is averaging say...5000/game...but of those 5000, only 3000 are paying their way into the game...that's a big issue, IMO.
  18. There were definitely a lot of freebies the first CT Whale season, and that goes back to my original statement. Do what you have to do to get people into the building, but NOT for free. And yes, the numbers did go back down towards where the Pack have been in average attendance...but they were not 4200/game. The 2nd and 3rd seasons of the CT Whale (the 3rd back under AEG management after Baldwin & Co. went belly-up) averaged 4573 and 4540, respectively. The 4 WolfPack seasons since have averaged 4071 in 13/14, 4468 in 14/15, 4440 in 15/16, and 4238 last year. So, the question remains...of the roughly 4300/game the Pack have averaged in the 4 seasons Global has managed the team, how many of those tickets are comped? I'll bet it's somewhere between 10-20%.
  19. I think a more interesting question would be how many of those tickets are/were freebies. Truth is, I think that is a major part of the problem across the board. You want to do a 2 for 1 night? OK, fine. You want to have discounted tickets? Fine, have all the discounts you want...but no ticket, regardless of sport, regardless of level, college or pro, regardless of city, regardless of the corporation, should be free or comped. Say what you wish, but when the Whalers were good, tickets were very, very difficult to get. Regardless of how good the WolfPack have been, and they have had some excellent seasons...tickets have always been very easy to find...and not necessarily from the box office. So the question remains...of that 4200/game average that the Pack get...how many are people paying to get in, and how many are getting freebies? Same with UConn and their average.
  20. Other than the fact I haven't mentioned a source or anything in months...you're dead on. And again, what happened to blocking me?
  21. LMAO, what happened to blocking me?????
  22. "I unblocked you so I could respond to you. It's just annoying to come on and see a topic with a bunch of pages and I'm only able to see a few posts because it's just you and HWP fighting about who WhalersCentral really is. So, please go away like you did before. It's really for the best." Not quite as annoying as being accused of being someone you're not, then having to say it over and over again to drive the point home. Convince your butt-buddy that I'm not WhalerCentral and maybe....just maybe....I'll "go away".
  23. I think roughly 1000 per game is fair, if it's marketed properly. So let's review...the state pays $1.5M for the affiliation fee, and the state pays for the advertising for the team. So it makes sense that Spectra tells THHF that they're not losing money...because it costs them zilch. The state, however...does lose money. And for a state that can barely afford a pot to pee in...that's a problem.
  24. "I've gotten into the habit of staying away for a few days to avoid it until you're able to "clean house". I just can't take it anymore." Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out.