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05-18-2013, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by NewOilRising View Post
Wouldn't t make more sense anyway to have the Oil Kings and Rush play at Northlands while the big boys play at the DTA? Even if the DTA will only be marginally bigger seating wise, more seats will show more holes in Edmonton's already shallow support for both teams.
On the contrary, the new arena will have a much greater opportunity to create demand for tickets because it can be played at a lower capacity. The lower bowl will have around 9,000 seats as opposed to the 6,800 that Rexall Place currently has. This means that you can curtain off the entire upper bowl and create sufficient demand.

This is exactly what Portland does and why they're so successful. They don't open the upper bowl for junior hockey for any reason. When people know that there won't be a large supply of tickets, they purchase them in advance and in the end that is what results in larger crowds.

Also, having all the fans in the lower bowl will help improve the atmosphere.

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