NHL in Wisconsin
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01-03-2013, 01:09 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Originally Posted by
So nobody just gives a damn about hockey in Wisconsin???
No, that's not true no matter how much Blackhawkswincup says it. The Badgers have led college hockey in attendance for years consistently drawing over 12,000 per game.
The Admirals, since new ownership took over have averaged 5,718. Up from the mid 4,000s that they drew after the owner died and everything was put in a trust. Considering the Admirals also have to compete with the Bucks, two college basketball teams and an indoor soccer team in the winter for the fan dollar, 5,718 is not bad at all and that's just in Milwaukee and doesn't include people who go to Packers, Badgers (basketball and hockey) and then the Brewers in the summer.
Originally Posted by
The big problems to me would seem to be:
• Does Wisconsin have the amount of
corporations that it takes to successfully fill up the higher dollar seats/add sponsorship dollars?
• Wisconsin does not currently have an NHL quality venue.
• Population is too far dispersed throughout the state. Can they support/show to games multiple times a week on a consistent and financially viable rate?
• (Minor) Playing hockey throughout my many years in Minnesota, it seemed like the most dense hockey communities in Wisconsin came out of western WI, as well as in Duluth/Superior area. Has that changed? With Basketball, it's a more accepted sport throughout many areas and is commonly played at many schools throughout the state. That wasn't exactly case with hockey as to how I remember it. Especially in many small Wisconsin towns. Hard to generate interest in a team when it's not really an accepted and truly followed sport.
Some huge corporations just helped out the Bucks and the Bradley Center in a massive way this summer.
BMO Harris bought the naming rights to the Bradley Center and then four local companies bought naming rights to the four arena entries. Kohl's, Miller, Northwestern Mutual and Potawatomi Bingo Casino.
With a few upgrades the Bradley Center could be a quality venue. It was built for an NHL team afterall.
Population is more spread out than say a Minnesota, Michigan or Massachusetts but there are over 2.3 million people within an hour's drive of downtown Milwaukee and that's not including Dane County the second most populous county in the state at around 500,000 which is about 1 hour and 20 minutes away, the Fox Cities (Oshkosh, Appleton) are a little further away than Madison but their 3 county metro is around 400,000 and then of course Green Bay which is around the same distance as Appleton to Milwaukee.
The Brewers and surprisingly the Bucks draw fans from Madison, the Fox Cities and Green Bay. Obviously these are in smaller numbers but they (especially the Brewers) do consistently draw fans from these areas.
As far as high school hockey, it has really grown in outside the immediate area of the Minnesota border. Several teams now compete in the Milwaukee area and they're of much better quality. The Admirals host the "Admirals Cup" every year around Christmas that put 8 area teams in a tournament. The Madison area and the Green Bay area have some solid teams as well and the areas between Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee are starting to fill in with some teams too.
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