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Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Posted on: June 4, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Well that didn't take long.

At the news conference to announce the purchase and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, the ownership group detailed a plan to reach 13,000 season-ticket sales to help solidify the deal and prove to the NHL Manitoba was ready to host big-league hockey again.

With some tickets already gone in the presale, there were some 9,000 tickets left to go when the sale went public on Saturday. In just 17 minutes later, the goal was reached, 13,000 season-ticket holders just like that with 7,000 more being placed on a waiting list.

"We would like to take a special moment to thank all of our fans in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada for their support over the past week — in particular, the overwhelming response of our fans which has resulted in a successful 'Drive to 13,000' campaign," said Jim Ludlow, president & CEO of True North Sports & Entertainment. "The success of the campaign is a key ingredient to ensuring the sustainability and long-term viability of NHL hockey in this province."

"While I had no doubt the 'Drive to 13,000' would reach its destination, the remarkable speed at which it got there certifies the fans' hunger for NHL hockey and their commitment to True North's initiatives," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Yea, I'd say they're pretty psyched to have the NHL back.

The next thing everybody wants to know is what will the team name be? The ownership group said that wouldn't be announced until the 13,000 mark was reached. The sentimental pick is clearly the Jets, but there are some other good options out there. My personal favorite that I've seen out in the Twittersphere was the Winnipeg Phoenix. So fitting.

-- Brian Stubits

Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 5:01 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Just wait until there so called Thrashers team comes and plays the first 10 games of the season and loses all of them and then you will see the Winnpeg people stay at home and not support there team like they did with there last one remeber that Winnpeg. Enjoy this for a while Winnipeg and Canada because once you loss this team then the NHL or really the USA NHL will never come back to Canada again.

Says bitter little Steve from Phoenix.  Enjoy your final season of NHL hockey in your city.  I think the next real question is where are the Coyotes going to end up after next season.  Smart money is on Quebec but they are still a few years from having a new arena so what does everybody think about on the next relocation?



Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: June 5, 2011 4:47 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Interesting take on the situation mordecai. LOL.  `After thinking the issue over`......Get a wife or get a life mordecai! is what comes to mind.

Waxwings......either ur trying to be funny or you are out of your mind...i can`t tell....at any rate thank you for an interesting read!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 4:36 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

but,,,will they still be around 5 years from now....hmmmm....?



Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2011 3:44 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

THE TICKETS ARE SOLD .... NOW ITS TIME TO NAME THE TEAM ... THEN ...ONLY THEN CAN THE WINNIPEG ?'s PUT A BEAT DOWN ON THE RANGERS & FLYERS .... GO WINNIPEG!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:55 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

and when the Canadian dollar goes back down.....which it will do, which it has always done before, then what happens?
They should name them the Seattle Thunderbirds.  That way it's a smooth transition in a few years when Seattle gets that new arena and the Canadian dollar goes down.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:48 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Just wait until there so called Thrashers team comes and plays the first 10 games of the season and loses all of them and then you will see the Winnpeg people stay at home and not support there team like they did with there last one remeber that Winnpeg. Enjoy this for a while Winnipeg and Canada because once you loss this team then the NHL or really the USA NHL will never come back to Canada again.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:41 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Do you even do any research?  Build a new arena?  The MTS Center just opened in 2004.  It is a top 3 facility in all of Canada and possiblly North America in terms of number of dates it is being used.  Its already paid for with the private sector paying for more than 75% of it.  The suites are sold out.

As far as previous ownership, they did not own the building and were getting the shafted from concession and parking revenue.  This time around the new owner owns the team AND the building!  Also, his partner is a billionaire from Toronto.

Do your homework.




Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:05 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

After thinking the name issue over, I think "Waxwings" would be a name Canadians would be proud of for the following reasons:

1. No other major or minor or college team seems to have that nickname. Talk about unique and exclusive! Besides, isn't there already a team that is using "Jets" as a nickname?

2. The alliteration of the "W's" in Winnipeg and Waxwings. Simple and sophisticated.

3. It is a decent name. No, it's not Dimondbacks or Pirates or Raiders or Killers or Maulers. Why have a"heavy image" name? Winnipeg would have a chance to be a beacon of positive community influence just by naming the team a decent name. 

4. Hey, these birds actually frequent Southern Canada in the summer months. The name fits! No more Utah Jazz or Los Angeles Lakers or Memphis Grizzlies. Don't get me wrong, "Lakers" is a great name, it just doesn't fit well in L.A.

5. Either the Bohemian or Cedar Waxwing could be emphasized first with their individual color scheme and then the other one later (seasons later). It would be a way to keep the team wares fresh and colorful.

6. Waxwings would be a way to honor the team that is coming from Atlanta. The bird (avian) nickname would be a constant theme. 

7. The people of the heartland of Canada are decent, hardworking folk. Why not have a name they can support and be proud of and one that exemplifies them?

8. Waxwings can be seen working together on a branch passing berries from bird to bird. Now that is teamwork! Teamwork will lead to NHL success!
  
9. As an American I would be jealous of such a cool and creative and well-fitting name. Just do it for that reason.

10. Waxwingsa would be a politically-correct name is a day of environmental consciousness.

I would hope those reading could agree and tell the Chairman of True North Sports, Mark Chipman, of this neat potential name.

Just an idea!! 




Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 1:11 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

First of all lol i didn't use any offensive terms like frogs and second that term would only potentially bother people from Quebec not the rest of Canada. The attendance figures prove that the fans won't support their so called team if they lose more often then not, those are bandwagon fans and the NHL doen't need teams in those locations, they need them in cities where they will show up wheather or not their team wins or loses. And by the way the league has gotten better since the influx of Europeans started in the 90's, it has nothing to do with expansion, on the contrary expansion lowers the level of play as the level of talent gets spread out more.



Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:59 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Good grasp of reality on this. So what has changed in the econmic structure of both countries for the Canadian dollar to merit a permenent strong valuation against the US dollar? The answer....Nothing! So go back and look at history and prepare.

 Well you do have the fans, but history from previous ownership showed that you didnt support a team that was not winning. The love affair on the new team will buy 3 years or so. So in that time frame you have to build a winning team. The cupboard is not the best right now. Can the team afford some elite free agent players? Will any realistically want to come?

Build a new arena? How old is the present one? Who would even begin to pay for it? Who would you sell the suites too?

I think this will be a replay of the past.



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