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02-22-2013, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by OilersFan1978 View Post
I lived in Tacoma for ten years and am well versed in the state of hockey in Washington and the Northwest in general, and I do not disagree with any of your points. Comparatively speaking however, they will need time to develop a fan base while the Sonics have a built-in fan base already. A new NHL team would do quite well, in terms of fan support, during its first season, but the real kicker would be to see how things look in Year Two, especially if they do not play especially well during Year One. I personally love the idea of hockey coming to Seattle and think they will do well, but it's not as though they would sell out all their season ticket packages in an hour or anything.
I dunno, it took the Sounders all of several weeks to develop a massive fanbase, as they were only drawing a couple thousand a game in the minor leagues and there wouldn't be too many holdovers from the old NASL days.

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