They can't even fill their damn arena - move the franchise to Canada or Seattle.
Dude you really don't know what your talking about.They have 1 of the best fan support in the US.I think they have something close to 20 sell outs while Boston on Saturday got their 5th sell out and it was simply because of Habs fans
I heard something about major renovations being done to Copps, it's not a bad arena, but for sure a more permanent home would have to be built.
I knew about the KC arena...but I didn't know about the one in Winnipeg. Knowing that, I might lean a bit more towards Winnipeg then Hamilton.
The Dogs, as well as us season ticket holders have been preaching for years that Copps needs to be renovated, but to no response. The arena is in alright shape, but in order to be a great arena (esp. an NHL one) a lot has to be done. First, replace the multi-coloured seats. I know it's an aesthetic thing, but it's darn ugly. More of an issue is the main concourse. It's alright when there are only people sitting in the bottom bowl (which is the norm for Dogs games) but when you get people in the top bowl, the concourse becomes a solid mass of people at intermission. Other things, like paint, heat (can get drafty in there), etc...have to be addressed.
I was at the Grand Rapids arena last week, and it was the epitome of a great AHL arena. Copps is too big for an AHL team (seat wise it could work for an NHL team with a capacity of 17,000), but the Grand Rapids arena (Van Andel) is quite new and very clean, and has a capacity of 10,000, and had a really good atmosphere.
But Hamilton is never getting an NHL team (been over a million times). The league needs to return to Quebec City or Winnipeg, with Winnipeg having the edge because of the arena (the MTS Centre is very capable of holding an NHL team). That being said, Pittsburgh is a very important part of the NHL, and losing that city would hurt...big time. The NHL needs to step in and help on this one, because if a team with a rich history like Pittsburgh goes in this post lockout world, there's no telling what can happen.
True, but some couldn't. Nashville and NJ are among the best teams in the league and cannot fill their arena. Same think for Carolina.
I'm ready to give a break to Nashville, still a relativly "new" market. Pittburgh got a team since the 70's if i'm right, if corporate support and the state itself can't chip in, nobody can save this franchise, nobody.
I just hope that this won't be blamed on Bettman again. The lack of desire of the different level of governement, imo, will be to blame if the Penns indeed move.
Last edited by PockIsGoD: 03-05-2007 at 04:09 PM.