Why isn't Hockey big in Britain or France?
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02-08-2013, 08:59 AM
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Wow, are you always this condescending to others with differing views...?!
Perhaps I should qualify my previous statement... I wouldn't want to go and watch an amateur team given how inaccessible all of the places you mentioned are. Bristol isn't easy to get to from anywhere in London... neither are the ice rinks in Haringey, Streatham, Romford (Essex) or Lee Valley for that matter, believe me. London is massive and proximity to public transport is everything, particularly when it takes an hour to get from one side of the city to the other. Crossharbour, in stark contrast to all of the aforementioned, is very easy to get to from just about anywhere.
When I lived in Edinburgh I happily made the slog across the city every week, with a number of north Americans, to watch the Capitals even though they lost basically every game. I wouldn't have done the same for an amateur team. Stick a professional team in London in an accessible venue and people will go, as long as it's advertised and not overpriced (as proven with the London Knights). I know quite a few people who regularly watched the Knights but could not do the same when the Racers were formed, purely because of logistical problems.
The reason I am being condescending is it is people like you who hold back the sport in this country and it is frustrating. You like hockey but don't go to games because "the standard is poor" well the standard isn't going to get better unless you actually go to games! You can't complain about the standard if you don't contribute anything. London isn't going to get a pro team when teams like Streatham are getting attendances of 100 while teams in the same league are getting 800+. You claim the interest is there so prove it.
As Villevallo said I meant Brixton not Bristol. The rink is right next to the Brixton train station, surely it is not that hard to get there? I could drive there from Reading in less than an hour. Yes some of them are inaccessible, Haringey is a pain in the ass to get to, as you mention London is a massive city so what makes you think it would be any easier to get to where the pro team is located.
I have to echo what VV said, if you don't want to watch NIHL level hockey then fine that's your choice, but if you really missed hockey as much as you say then you would go. It's only £8 for an adult ticket for Streatham games, have you ever actually seen NIHL1? It's actually a decent standard and good value for money.
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