KHL Expansion part III
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11-01-2013, 11:34 AM
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Google translate being what is it, but he said something about atmosphere in the arena not being satisfactory? Well I guess he's not that "Finnish" after all if he expects a European football like atmosphere.
I sincerely hope he doesn't plan on "artificial" stuff like encouragements to cheer via jumbotron/led panels ("cheer to fill the meter") because that sort of thing is extremely frowned upon by Jokerit fans or Finns in general. I mean they're already complaining about the kiss cam that's in use currently.
He did an interview in Finnish for Jokerit Youtube channel as well:
He said that the atmosphere in Hartwall arena is subpar when compared to the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, granted the both arenas are based on the same project and are very similar. And he's not a fan of football like atmosphere, if anything they're trying to copy the best North American examples. They will install a LED ring, improve the lighting and sound systems, and my guess is they will emphasize on a free t-shirts and different "noise-making" merchandise, mascots, cheerleaders, pre-game shows and stuff like that. Like he said, the main goal is to make visiting hockey a popular destination. The less- dependent they are on the people like you mentioned (the ones who complain about kiss-cams) - the better it is.
Also he especially mentioned that he never said that he feels himself as a Finn.
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