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11-18-2012, 08:40 AM
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Could the AHL work in Fort Wayne?

Fort Wayne seems to be one of the best drawing lower minor league teams and one of the big issues (from what I've heard) was the Franke family wanting to be an independant team. Well now that they're in the ECHL, they're affiliated with Anaheim/Norfolk. Is it possible that they could move up a level? They'd fit right in for easy travel to GR, Milwaukee, Rockford, Chicago, Peoria, and Lake Erie.

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Fort Wayne seems to be one of the best drawing lower minor league teams and one of the big issues (from what I've heard) was the Franke family wanting to be an independant team. Well now that they're in the ECHL, they're affiliated with Anaheim/Norfolk. Is it possible that they could move up a level? They'd fit right in for easy travel to GR, Milwaukee, Rockford, Chicago, Peoria, and Lake Erie.
It is 5 hours to Milwaukee, 5.5 to Peoria. Will Ft Wayne charge AHL prices? Will they maintain their attendance if they do so?

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It is 5 hours to Milwaukee, 5.5 to Peoria. Will Ft Wayne charge AHL prices? Will they maintain their attendance if they do so?
Looking at their single game prices, they're $15-25. They'd be among the lowest but not much lower than Rochester.

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Charlotte moved up a couple seasons ago and are doing fine. Different situation obviously, but I think they could do it.

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Glancing quickly at some IHL attendance figures, it appers when Fort Wayne was in the IHL their attendance was pretty good before the IHL shut down, Fort Wayne regularly drew over 7,000 fans per game the final 3 years in the league.

I think a new incarnationtion for the Komets with AHLL caliber play could do very well in the AHL.

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If Binghamton can host an AHL club, I see no reason at all that most small cities couldn't.

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I think it is certainly possible, but the trouble will be can they raise prices enough to cover the increased costs, especially the player costs if they want to be competitive? And will the fans support the team in the same numbers if they increase prices?

If the answer to both is yes, then, sure, it could work.

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