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06-28-2012, 03:17 AM
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Originally Posted by madhi19 View Post
Twenty thousand seats I got to give it to Markham they don't screw around. It still baffle me that Quebec city is only building an eighteen thousand seats venue! Spending 400 million to build something that can only seat 3000 more peoples than the arena you currently have is just moronic. I know they want to create a bit of rarity and if the arena was privately funded I be fine with it. But when you use public money should you be required to make sure that as many of the public has access to the place.
Less is more. 17,500 to 18,500 is the perfect size. Montreal built too big and has had problems with demand/pricing structure because of it.
Edmonton's new barn will apparently be 18,500.
Other new rink (post 1995) capacities:
Prudential Center: 17,625
Wells Fargo Center: 19,537
TD Garden: 17,565
First Niagara Center: 18,690
Le Centre Bell: 21,273
Air Canada Centre: 18,819
PNC Arena: 18,680
BankAtlantic Center: 19,250
Tampa Bay Times Forum: 19,204
Verizon Centre: 18,506
MTS Centre: 15,004
Bridgestone Arena: 17,113
Pepsi Center: 18,007
Consol Energy Center: 18,387
Nationwide Arena: 18,144
Xcel Energy Center: 18,064
America Airlines Center: 18,532
Rogers Arena: 18,890
Staples Center: 18,118 Arena: 17,125

An average of 18,326. Take out Winnipeg and the average is 18,509. The typical NHL rink. Some see 17,500 as prime to increase demand and ticket prices while keeping enough volume...while other markets determine 18,500ish is better.
The 20,000 seat venues are oddities and not the standard. If there are tickets available at a 21,000 seat facility....why would I pay $15 more a seat to sit 10 rows below seats that are still readily available? I'll pay less....and probably move down 10 rows after the first song/period/quarter/etc.
Of course....quantity still matters....gotta balance supply and demand. Winnipeg has too little supply, Chicago/Montreal has too much supply while demand varies.

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