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Carolina Hurricanes Looking to Boost Attendance

By Zach Spedden  October 13, 2017 

Amidst concerns over their attendance numbers, the Carolina Hurricanes discussed their strategy going forward to bring more fans to their games. For their contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PNC Arena on Tuesday, the Hurricanes drew a reported total of 7,892 fans. While their home opener on October 7 resulted in a sellout, the small crowd on Tuesday prompted more discussion about the team’s low attendance figures over the last few seasons. In terms of announced per-game average attendance, the Hurricanes finished last in the NHL in each of the previous two seasons, with figure for 2016-17 coming in at 11,776 fans. During a recent interview, Hurricanes president Don Waddell addressed the team’s attendance figures, and discussed the how the team evaluates its numbers and the ongoing strategy to improve them. 

“We’re not last in the league in attendance,” Waddell said. “You guys can publish (attendance) reports, but I go by dollars. So we’re not last. “Nobody is happy where we are, no doubt. We also have to continue to keep moving all the elements forward. If we can do that, I think attendance is going to pick up with that.” Waddell said that when he was named president in July 2014, the Canes had a season-ticket base – in terms of **ll-season ticket holders and season-ticket equivalencies – of about 5,400. He said that base has been built to about 7,000. “We’re making some progress under the cir*****stances, and we’re just going to keep going,” he said. “I talk to our sales staff all the time (that) winning or losing doesn’t stop us from doing our job. If we win, it’s going to make our job a little easier to sell more tickets. But we don’t use that as an excuse.” As noted, the Hurricanes drew a sellout crowd for their home opener. That figure was reported at 18,680.

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Meanwhile up in Worchester, MA.....

Worcester Railers Start With a Bang

By Zach Spedden on October 16, 2017

Worcester Railers

The arrival of the Worcester Railers was celebrated at the DCU Center, which hosted a sellout crowd for the team’s first game. As their first season in the ECHL begins, the Railers are seeing signs of strong community from the community. That was evident over the weekend, when an announced crowd of 12,135 fans saw the Railers defeat the Manchester Monarchs by a final of 4-3 on Sa****ay. While their victory was a cause for celebration, the Railers’ debut in and of itself of a highlight of the evening.

Railers owners Cliff and Susan Rucker, Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Mayor Joe Petty, City Manager Ed Augustus Jr., Worcester Chamber of Commerce President Tim Murray and DCU Center General Manager Sandy Dunn were among those who took part in the opening-puck ceremony. “It was awe-inspiring,” Cliff Rucker said. “It’s been a long haul and it was just incredible to see that level of support. I’m just grate**l that everybody showed up. “I seem to be getting a lot of credit, but it’s really about the fans and the staff. The community is incredibly supportive of the team and I’m excited.” “I’m really happy to be here,” Baker said while high-fiving young fans before the game. “I think this is great for the city of Worcester and it’s great for the commonwealth and the fact that you’ve got a sellout on your opening night is a great sign of great things to come.” The Railers are filling the void of professional hockey in the city. Worcester’s last professional club—the AHL’s Sharks—relocated to San Jose after the 2014-15 season.

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It is amazing if that was an AHL game in Hartford it would be a top five maybe top 8 attendance 

 

will even half that continue to show up in Worcester? 

I totally feel like if the guy in Houston is really serious I can’t see why Karmanos wouldn’t take the 350m and bail on NC.  That ten k drop in attendance was brutal to their credibility this year.

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3 hours ago, Whalevolution said:

I totally feel like if the guy in Houston is really serious I can’t see why Karmanos wouldn’t take the 350m and bail on NC.

I thought PK had a buyer for the 'canes already, and that the team was staying in Raleigh.  Did that deal fall through?

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19 minutes ago, p4277 said:

I thought PK had a buyer for the 'canes already, and that the team was staying in Raleigh.  Did that deal fall through?

You mean the Texas baseball owner guy? 

I thought that was all kicking tires?

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When you have to cry like a baby saying, "We're not last! We're not last! We're not last!" you have a serious problem on your hands. It's almost laughable how much in denial they are.

Good news from Worcester. I hope they can keep that up. That's another market that didn't deserve the shaft they got.

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