Rochester Amerks article about attendance/finances
I didn't put this in the silly season thread because it is more about attendance and the economics of the Amerks. Maybe they aren't doing as badly this season as everyone would think.
Any way, here is the link. A few quotes from the article...
[Team President Lewis] Staats said the Amerks rank in the top five in the American Hockey League in sponsorships.
"Curt [Styres] has made a significant investment in the city and I think the corporate community understands that," Staats said. "Our actual revenue is not down 50 percent or 60 percent or 70 percent, which is what people will assume. We're not down to the degree that the average fan would say, 'How are they going to survive?' Our revenues for tickets, sponsorships and suites are off a bit. They're off a bit but only a bit."
In terms of fans in the stands, not much has changed either. A year ago, the Amerks claimed to average 6,835 fans for 40 home games. The larger crowds that were announced game after game and year after year may have somewhat reflected the number of people actually in the building.
This season, team management says the announced attendance figure is the actual paid crowd (this figure does include tickets in sponsorships, which aren't necessarily the box-office price and are stamped "comp").
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