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05-21-2013, 05:10 PM
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Winning = STH sales up in Columbus

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=423697
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After playing the best hockey in franchise history down the stretch, the Columbus Blue Jackets have enjoyed an upsurge at the box office in recent weeks.

The team says it has seen a 13-per cent improvement in season-ticket renewals from one year ago, when the Blue Jackets were coming off perhaps their worst season in the NHL and sold around 7,000 season tickets. The team has sold almost 1,000 new season-ticket plans including fans who upgraded to larger packages.

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Not bad, considering they still didn't make the playoffs.

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This was a monstrously good season by Jackets standards. Especially with the new blood in the front office, this looks like the start of something in Columbus...

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Is it the winning part, or is it the fact that they'll be playing Pittsburgh/Philly/NYR et all next seaon...

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Is it the winning part, or is it the fact that they'll be playing Pittsburgh/Philly/NYR et all next seaon...
i think it has more to do with fans believing that a change will happen. they see the foundation that john davidson built in St. Louis

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i think it has more to do with fans believing that a change will happen. they see the foundation that john davidson built in St. Louis
I dunno about that. I doubt most people in Columbus even know who Davidson is.

Now the changes he's made, I could see that being a factor.

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Is it the winning part, or is it the fact that they'll be playing Pittsburgh/Philly/NYR et all next seaon...
People rushing to get their tickets early for games against the Canes.

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Good for Columbus. I hope they can keep building on the momentum.

On a less serious note, I can no longer read or hear the word "winning" without picturing Charlie Sheen. It's annoying.

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Imagine that. A team is competitive and fans come out to watch them. Columbus is a good fan base that was beaten down by awful moves.

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Is it the winning part, or is it the fact that they'll be playing Pittsburgh/Philly/NYR et all next seaon...
What's that have to do with anything?

Team is playing better. Fans know they have a stud goalie that should get them to the playoffs next year. Doesn't have anything to do with the conference switch.

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I dunno about that. I doubt most people in Columbus even know who Davidson is.
You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

Davidson is the central focus of the CBJ commercials (which get heavy rotation). He's appeared on local TV repeatedly. He's appeared on nearly every radio station locally, for either morning or evening shows. And he's been doing this for months, and it just happens to coincide with a dramatic increase in overall exposure for the team.

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What's that have to do with anything?

Team is playing better. Fans know they have a stud goalie that should get them to the playoffs next year. Doesn't have anything to do with the conference switch.
Other than that people are more willing to pay to see NYR/PHI/PITT than NSH/STL? Nothing.

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You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

Davidson is the central focus of the CBJ commercials (which get heavy rotation). He's appeared on local TV repeatedly. He's appeared on nearly every radio station locally, for either morning or evening shows. And he's been doing this for months, and it just happens to coincide with a dramatic increase in overall exposure for the team.
Didn't know that. My bad.

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Other than that people are more willing to pay to see NYR/PHI/PITT than NSH/STL? Nothing.
If you wanna see certain teams you buy single game tix.

Give the team and the fans a little credit...stop making it about everyone else.

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The increase in season ticket sales are a result of this past season's body of work. For so long we've been treated to Jacket teams that half-assed it - this season we saw a team that came to play every night. That plays well here in Columbus. I'm addicted to the game so I would have renewed regardless, but I know a few people that previously dropped their tickets who are looking to get seats again.

Wingsfan2965 has a point with the conference switch. Although it won't impact season ticket sales much, single game tickets will be helped immensely. The Pittsburgh games will be sellouts (Pittsburgh and Columbus are less than 3 hours apart), and Buffalo, Washington, NY Rangers, Boston and Toronto have been great draws in the past and obviously the Wings will remain a great draw. The only Western Conference team we'll truly miss (from a ticket-selling perspective) is Chicago. Hopefully one day soon the Jackets won't need visiting fans to help sell the place out.

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Other than that people are more willing to pay to see NYR/PHI/PITT than NSH/STL? Nothing.
While true on a single game basis, perhaps, CBJ has had their whole history developing rivalries with NSH/STL

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Management that actually knows what they're doing + major improvements in the quality of play + moving to a more sensible division for them = things're looking good in Columbus.

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I always Lol @ anybody who says Columbus doesn't have a good fanbase. They sell out a lot of games despite not having ever won a playoff game, they're an awesome fanbase, and their fans are also very knowledgeable to add to it.

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Well out of all the teams around Indianapolis, Columbus is still the place Im going to go to next season for hockey due to attendance numbers and ticket prices. I believe they have the lowest attendance out of Chicago, Detroit, St Louis, and Nashville.

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Whatever the reasoning, it's great to see Columbus doing so well now off the ice. That's a decent market, good to see it's working there.

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Is it the winning part, or is it the fact that they'll be playing Pittsburgh/Philly/NYR et all next seaon...
I'd guess mostly the winning. I think that after a few seasons of most away games being at more reasonably times will provide a growing fanbase, but I don't think that will happen before a game in the new conference is played.

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