THN: Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town
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12-29-2012, 08:41 PM
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Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't the Staples Center schedule a lot of Kings games on weekend afternoons, then at night it's changed over for a Lakers or Clippers game? If so I guess that's how they make things work there during the regular season.
While it's true the Rock crowds don't come close to a Maple Leafs or Raptors crowd they are still a less expensive game to see and maybe if the Marlies played at the Air Canada Centre more often with great crowds it could push the Rock out. However I doubt it's something we will see happen.
Yes, in one 48 hour period during the playoffs, there was a NBA game one evening, the Kings at noon and a NBA game at 7 and then I think the other NBA team played the next evening. Staples Center uses two setups, one for the Clippers and one for the Lakers and different floors, baskets etc. so a Clippers to a Lakers game isn't a quick turn around.
You misunderstood what I was saying. The Rock draw pretty well, I believe last year was their lowest average attendance since moving into the ACC and they drew a shade over 10,000. If the Marlies could get those sized crowds consistently, MLSE would kick the Rock out in a heartbeat. Why? More profit for them. The Rock I believe pay rent to the tune of $40,000 per game at the ACC, but receive the profits from concessions for their games (plus ticketsales). So with the Marlies at the ACC, MLSE would lose out on the rent, but would get all the profits from concessions which would even out the loss of rent. Plus, they wouldn't need to rent Ricoh from the CNE (or City of Toronto) for Marlies games.
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