THN: Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town
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11-12-2012, 04:42 PM
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Kitchener, ON
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The largest question yet to be answered, with the Powerade and Hershey centre 6.4 km from one another, do you not feel that the fan base of the area was split between Mississauga and Brampton? Now with one folded i atleast expect the majority of Battalion fans to start attending steelhead games and with that see an attendance pushing 4000 (roughly combine both target demographics).
Based on the diehard Brampton fans I know, there is no chance in hell they'll become Mississauga fans. They've been huge rivals with both the Ice Dogs and Majors/Steelheads over the years. Mississauga may pick up the casual fan, but that's about it.
It was incredibly stupid and shortsighted for the league to introduce two franchises so close together, and at the same time. It was only a matter of time before one or both were moved to a more viable market. I suspect we'll see the Steelheads moved in the next couple of years, unless things really change in Mississauga in a hurry.
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