THN: Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town
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11-07-2012, 11:07 AM
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The Marlies are averaging 6,084 per game which puts them 9th in the AHL in attendance this season, and
last season they averaged 5,480 per game which put them 14th.
No team in the AHL averages 10,000 per game.
As for Brampton moving proves Toronto isn't a hockey town? The driving distance between the Hershey Center (Steelheads Arena) and Powerade Center (Battalion Arena) is 6.4km!!!! Too much hockey in too small an area.
I'll ignore this years attendance as it's probably a little inflated due to the NHL Lockout.
So last year they were 14th and you think that's good? The GTA probably has the biggest base of hockey fans in the world to draw from and the best they can do is 14th?
Originally Posted by
Mississauga does fine in attendance... I'm not sure where you got that from.
You also can't on one hand say the Toronto st mike lefts Toronto to come to Mississauga and then say Cherry's ice dogs left Mississauga.... That's the same move so essentially Toronto to niagara.
Marlies attendance has been great in the lockout but really this comes down to a city full of activities. Blue jays, maple leafs, raptors, Toronto FC, Argos... The list goes on. Another NHL team would thrive here.... A junior team doesn't fit in Toronto. Mississauga however is fine... The stadium is nice and they do well. Not as well as say London but why would anyone expect that? The knights are the only team in London... The GTA is still within range to go see all of those professional sport teams
And from the article in the OP:
The Majors were launched as an OHL franchise in 1996, with Brampton and Don Cherry’s Mississauga IceDogs following two years later. It was a quick and calculated expansion into the long incandescent arms of the GTA. For a small-market league, this kind of big-market reach should have been a shoo-in for success. Yet only 16 years after the arrival of St. Mike’s, all three have moved
and only Mississauga (having relocated from St. Mike’s) remains – and on unsure footing.
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