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03-15-2013, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by stv11 View Post
Why the focus on size? Modern arenas tend to be smaller since the focus is on seats and VIP facilities, while in the past most of the crowd was standing. It's about income, not attendance.

You have to remember that a lot of teams play in small towns where it doesn't make sense to have 10000+ arenas.
Even Helsinki teams can't fill their arenas to capacity in every game, the likes of SaiPa, Lukko, Ässät, Kalpa or never fill Hartwall Areena (unless there's really cheap ticket campaign for those games). HIFK could get their new 10500 arena (the actual capacity for hockey games) sell out the first season but once the sense of seeing something new and the team (potentially) sucking, the attendance will drop below 10K just like it was with Hartwall Areena.

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