Impact on Everett/Seattle IF the NHL arrives
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03-06-2012, 05:59 AM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
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It's 20 miles from Safeco (roughly where the new arena will be) to the ShoWare Center, and about 21 miles to Tacoma. While I'm not saying they'll be fine, I'd just like to think that in a metro area of 4 million people, they can muster up enough interest for 4000 a game. Besides, Everett isn't exactly filling the building either. Everett only has about 700 per game on the T-Birds.
Let's not forget that Seattle has been playing like crap for the past couple of seasons as well. Putting a good product on the ice and making the playoffs would give them a lot of breathing room, IMO.
Both Everett and Seattle have been bottom feeders for the past couple years. The tips average more on average for almost their entire existence than the T-birds. Everett really does market well in the Snohomish County area and have a strong following. I enjoy going to games there and the arena is really nice with a strong local following with many games Ive gone to with over 6000 people for various teams (not just rivals). It is about 25 miles north of downtown Seattle right off of the freeway. On the other hand going to T-birds games in Kent seems farther than the Everett games and it's about 20 miles from downtown Seattle via freeway and secondary highway/roads. When the t-birds were in downtown playing in Key arena or in Kent at the SHoware I have rarely seen competent crowds over 4000 except vs Portland or Everett with the visiting crowds. I live in the city of Seattle and see a small amount of coverage for both teams in the paper or on tv but there is coverage for both teams in their respective parts of the metro area.
If Seattle got a NHL team, it may hurt attendance for both teams in the beginning due to the entertainment dollar being split since you are drawing from the hockey niche crowd but all three teams can survive. I also agree that if the Seattle NHL succeeds it will also help the WHL teams and minor hockey in the area. If we can get more interest and more local rinks then it will be more affordable to play too. There are 12 hockey rinks between Tacoma & Everett now and most free time is monopolized by the regional minor & adult hockey leagues. I would love a twin rinks situation with a bar upstairs and 2 full size rinks next to each other. Ice time in the city is ridiculous - for 1hr between 700-1100 on any night is ~$250/hr. That makes it very difficult to get local ice time.
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