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03-03-2013, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by FreddtFoyle View Post
VredsRule raises a good point. All of the other playoff teams in the AUS and CIS appear to get a big attendance bump-up from students. UNB students all bail out of Fredericton for reading week, even the townies who appear to be able to afford to go somewhere ...

And back to what GleanerGuy said, and I've agreed with him many times on this, Fredericton is not truly a great hockey town. It is an event city (like the sellout for the UNB-Russians game or the University Cup games). Major Junior would never survive here. And as good as the V-Reds draw over the season (the best in the CIS), they work hard marketing-wise to get those numbers. Considering the quality of the product on the ice, they should sell out every game. Not gonna happen (unless they give away free tickets like the school nights).
We said the same things in Halifax. Same things. Not a hockey town, it was a basketball town, too much hockey anyway, and we had three Junior A teams, The AHL left, not enough support. Major Junior would never survive, we laughed when they announced they would arrive in 1994. The rest is history. You continue to wear the blinders on what the Q will do. All they need is a foothold, they'll do the rest, and people will believe in it, because they'll make every game an event as you say. Doesn't matter what the Reds do and doesn't work. What will work is what people see happening in Moncton and Halifax. And they'll copy it. Saint John was never the Junior hockey town Moncton, Halifax, and Charlottetown were, yet they became the first Maritime center to win Memorial Cup in a very short history. Even in the places it is "not working" i.e. Charlottetown and Sydney. They have been harping about it since they got here, well the Rocket are still here 9 years later only to have their GM state at least three times a year, "they are not going anywhere", and in Cape Breton since 1997 despite annual declarations they are not breaking even. When they are ready to expand again, you can bet you are on their radar, even if they are not poking around every day.

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