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12-15-2012, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by KaylaJ View Post
Before you bring it up, OKC is a newer location (they're in their 3rd season) and because of where they are will take time to grow. I know this may come as a shock but eventually if things go well, they too can become a better location.
OKC is a strange case, though, in that they used to be a successful southern market - one that lost fans after moving up in league quality. The Blazers were a top CHL team in the '90s and '00s, averaging over 8,000 a game as recently as five years ago. They folded rather suddenly in 2009 and a year later the Barons started in the AHL, but in an older, smaller arena and at half their old attendance numbers. Two years later they've dropped to last in the league. Something can't be right there. Maybe ticket prices are too high because the team should be attractive to watch. They made the conference finals last season and now are middle of the pack with some top Oilers prospects.

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