THN: Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town
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12-30-2012, 07:41 PM
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This isn't necessary. The Oil Kings and the Hitmen simply play with the Oilers and Flames logos at centre ice. Quite honestly, the change around between a Leafs and Marlies game is negligible. A quick clean of the arena and run the Zamboni over the ice and voila done. This is done many times at the World Juniors. Heck, they don't even make you exit the building if you have tickets to both games until closer to faceoff of the second game. The Leafs could sell this as a doubleheader like in baseball, where many times one ticket gets you two games. Win-win right? Plus, the Marlies games could be kinda like a tailgate party for the Leafs game.
If a Leafs game started at 7 PM on a Saturday, how is a 12 PM Marlies game a clash? I'm not entirely sure why the Leafs are unique, as mentioned many teams share arenas and have games the same day as others. Hockey to hockey is the simplest change and likely with enough staffers could be done in less than an hour.
The only way something like that can work is if the Marlies games started at 12:00 PM on a Saturday, because generally their weekend home games start at 3:00 PM. However on Sunday's a lot of times the Raptors play their home games during the afternoons, so once again it's easier said then done to move the Marlies from the Richo to the Air Canada Centre. Plus how do they work around the schedule of home games from Monday - Friday?
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