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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: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:36 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

As a second generation down from coal-miner Applachian Southerner I can honestly say you are a f'in idiot.  It would be like me saying why would there ever be a MLB team in Canada because we all know Frogs could never like baseball.  I would be an idiot for saying that, because I know it's not true.

For those of you as ignorant as this SOB, let me enlighten you.  The South, especially the bigger cities, are melting pots of people moving in from all over North, Central, and South America.  Yes, we have Latinos and African Americans, many of whom do not support hockey, but plenty that actually do attend games.  We also have a huge number of people from the 'Original Six' areas that came here because of job opportunities during the computer boom of the 80's and 90's.

The problem isn't the fans.  The Thrashers actually averaged MORE fans per win during the years of their existence than all but a handful of NHL teams.  No, the fans are NOT the problem.  The problem was the ownership and team management coupled with horrible timing on three levels.  One, the Thrashers came in as a true expansion under a horrible expansion ruleset (basically the NHL wanting to make sure they paid their dues).  Two, the Thrashers saved plenty of cap for free agency to go with a young team .. on the year of a new CBA .. and the CAP was raised so that all the teams with no cap space ended up with enough to gobble up the better free agents.  Three, the ongoing recession hurting attendance.

I think Canada is definitely deserving of more teams, but there is no doubt the NHL as a whole has become better since the push to include Southern teams .. and putting a team in Winnipeg, though great for the fans in that city, is ho-hum for hockey as a whole.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:32 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

WTG Winnipeg.... now if you build an NHL sized arena you'll be all set, lol

Don't worry, that topic will come up very soon.  And soon enough Winnipeg will build a new arena that'll hold 20 thousand people and it'll sell out within minutes again.   There are already 7 thousand people on the waiting list and thousands more that would go see a lot of games but can't afford or don't prefer to own season tickets. 

The Canadian dollar is strong and not going to weaken to where it was before anytime soon.. if ever again.  And if you don't believe that then understand the NHL has a salary cap now, something they didn't have back in the day when Winnipeg had a team.  These are different times... don't worry.... Winnipeg will be fine.... 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:27 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? You are already playing in the smallest arena in the league. The new owner has very deep pockets, will he be willing to open them up indeinately? 

You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.  The Canadian dollar has been strong for a very long time now and isn't going to weaken to the degree it did before.. do some research since I don't feel like listing all the reasons for you.... it's all about economics... could it get to 10 or 15 or 20 percent way down the road?  Probably not but maybe.... that being said regardless of what your age is you may never see the U.S dollar worth 50-60 cents more then the Canadian dollar ever again.... 



Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:09 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? You are already playing in the smallest arena in the league. The new owner has very deep pockets, will he be willing to open them up indeinately? 

Hockey didnt fail in Atlanta, the ownership did. Anyone who seriously thinks hockey can't do well in Atlanta, go check the AHL numbers for the Old Atlanta team prior to the Thrashers coming to town.




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

It better be the Jets and not something stupid.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Shame that Mr. Bettman cannot admit his mistake, instead he wastes his free time threatening Canadian cities this past year, ya know, instead of doing his job propoerly by starting to admit the finanical mistake of pushing Southern US cities into the NHL too soon. 

Irony is that weather is getting warmer for everyone now, so ya better save those Northern fanbases first when it comes to the league.  Seeing as those territories get colder weather for far longer, which ultimately equates to the constant source of athletes for the league.  Instead of that expensive artificial only fanbase he strives to keep with no regard to logic.  The world is warming up as we text.  Where will interest comes from if even the core fanbases start to leave the game with the increased outdoor sports of the future?



Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:35 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Name the new team the Winnipeg Windchill !!!



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Well said revted!!  There is definitely room for a team in Quebec city and in Southern Ontario.  Now that our dollar is worth more than 68 cents, it's only logical to put teams back where they belong!!!



Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 4, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Welcome back Jets(hopefully)....i guess the NHL will have to realign, putting Winnipeg in the Nothwest.....moving Nashville to the Southeast..and putting Minnesota back into the Norris where it belongs.......



Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

CBC is reporting that the tickets actually sold in two minutes, and it took 15 to process the orders.  Now that's impressive!  And Hockey is not maxed out in Canada.  There is room for at least two more teams:  one back in Quebec City, and another one in Toronto.  In fact, there was a study that recently said just that.  Bring on the next Southern US team that cannot find a buyer!  We can't wait!


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