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Would Winnipeg fans pay the NHL price?

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06:09 AM ET 10.22 | The results of a Winnipeg Sun online survey suggests most Winnipeggers won't suffer from sticker shock if the NHL returns. Of 410 people answering a question about ticket prices, 72% said they are willing to pay at least $50 to see a single game, with most saying they'd spend between $50 and $100. A small portion (47 respondents) even said they'd pay more than $100 per game. Based on the average price in Edmonton ($60), it's believed the average ticket price here would have to be $60-70 for a franchise to make ends meet. Less than one-quarter of respondents said they'd pay less than $50 per game. However, just 36% of all respondents said they'd actually buy season tickets, suggesting a franchise would have to sell thousands of single game tickets and mini-packs to fill the 15,000-seat MTS Centre.

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October 22, 2010  06:36 AM ET

And 100% agreed that the team should be back in Winnipeg, and they'd be more successful!

Move em back!
Move em back!
Move em back!
Move em back!
Move em back!
Move em back!
Move em back!
Move em back!

Pay the $$$
Pay the $$$
Pay the $$$
Pay the $$$
Pay the $$$
Pay the $$$
Pay the $$$

Well there you have it! My thoughts on the matter, are pretty clear! LOL

October 22, 2010  06:44 AM ET

Would Winnipeg fans pay the NHL price?

Which is.......... rubbing the leprechaunish head of the Poison Dwarf, and if you think he looks like a leprechaun, be warned he's not, and there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!!!!!!

Team leaves sunny home in desert! Millions of dollars!
Hockey players playing the game in front of full crowds! Millions of dollars!
Hockey back where it belongs.............................priceless!

October 22, 2010  06:56 AM ET

So far only 2 threads.........

I hope it didn't backfire!!!!! I let loose a lot of knowledge yesterday, and will struggle today!


LIKE RIGHT NOW! I cannot be funny, and regret almost all of the 5 or 6 posts I've done

<sigh, and wanders off to bed>

October 22, 2010  08:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

So far only 2 threads.........I hope it didn't backfire!!!!! I let loose a lot of knowledge yesterday, and will struggle today!LIKE RIGHT NOW! I cannot be funny, and regret almost all of the 5 or 6 posts I've done <sigh, and wanders off to bed>

Sleep is over-rated

October 22, 2010  09:18 AM ET

The last sentence sums up the commitment factor...only 36% of respondants would buy season tix packages... isn't this why the Jets left in the first place?
Don't get me wrong, I think hockey belongs in Winnepeg before Arizona, but if the support isn't there, what's the point?

October 22, 2010  09:40 AM ET

Is this the only file picture they could come up with for Winnipeg? The Red River flooding? That's like showing a hurricane in any Florida city Chamber of Commerce commercial.

October 22, 2010  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And 100% agreed that the team should be back in Winnipeg, and they'd be more successful!Move em back!Move em back!Move em back! Move em back! Move em back! Move em back! Move em back! Move em back!Pay the $$$ Pay the $$$ Pay the $$$ Pay the $$$ Pay the $$$ Pay the $$$ Pay the $$$ Well there you have it! My thoughts on the matter, are pretty clear! LOL

Olsen Johnson is right....

(too early for a Blazing Saddles reference?)

Why is this even a question? Oh yeah...because the NHL has a putz for a commisioner

October 22, 2010  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Is this the only file picture they could come up with for Winnipeg? The Red River flooding? That's like showing a hurricane in any Florida city Chamber of Commerce commercial.

Bettman did it....

October 22, 2010  10:17 AM ET

Well the Coyotes had 6500 show up for the Kings game last night....I am fairly sure the Jets could draw more than that...

October 22, 2010  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The last sentence sums up the commitment factor...only 36% of respondants would buy season tix packages... isn't this why the Jets left in the first place?Don't get me wrong, I think hockey belongs in Winnepeg before Arizona, but if the support isn't there, what's the point?

That was part of it, yes. But this is a survey based entierly on "what-ifs" and "would yous" which makes it about as useful as a lingerie salesman in a convent.

The folks in the Peg are probably sick and tired of being teased with a team. I'm willing to bet a lot of cabbage that if they had a team, it would be supported. I for one would love to see one back there.

October 22, 2010  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Well the Coyotes had 6500 show up for the Kings game last night....I am fairly sure the Jets could draw more than that...

Hell, the freakin Pirates draw more than that.

October 22, 2010  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Bettman did it....

Oh if we could only say that about his retirement.

October 22, 2010  10:46 AM ET

They could probably put an NHL team in Nanaimo and fill the building. Centrally located on the Island and many Chets to potentially attend within 1 hours drive. Folks in Vancouver drive an hour to games, why not Nanaimo? I imagine the Canucks would lose the odd ticket sale but not enough to cripple them, they have enough Chets in their local market.

But I still wouldn't pay that sort of coin. Never again.

October 22, 2010  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Hell, the freakin Pirates draw more than that.

In fairness to the Coyotes, they can't have fireworks in the arena.

October 22, 2010  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

In fairness to the Coyotes, they can't have fireworks in the arena.

Ha HA!! I didn't think about that. But I'm sure they can do bobbleheads and have free George Thurogood concerts. ;)

October 22, 2010  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Ha HA!! I didn't think about that. But I'm sure they can do bobbleheads and have free George Thurogood concerts. ;)

Saw George live at the Commodore Ballroom in Canuckleland around 1979? Great place for a concert, small venue that served booze with a floor that bounces?

Anyway I got his autograph on a personal cheque.

It says "Pay to the order of etc, $1 Million dollars worth of rock and roll". He paid out at least $500K during that one concert. Great stuff.

Still have it somewhere, maybe in a drawer underneath my autographed picture of Don Cherry and Blue.

October 22, 2010  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

In fairness to the Coyotes, they can't have fireworks in the arena.

They pretty much can't have fireworks anywhere. Maybe they could drag the Wild across the border, as what would all these Canadiens do down here while hiding from the snow if we lost the team. They didn't throw the 'Great One' in a trunk and drag him down to play in L.A. and try to coach out here. He loved it. As a side note you never hear a player say he wishes he was in freezing weather :)

October 22, 2010  12:10 PM ET
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Isn't that the island where the British sent their convicts;)

That would be Australia...

October 22, 2010  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

As a side note you never hear a player say he wishes he was in freezing weather :)

Which is always why given a choice a mercenary having mega shekels dangled in front of him by LA or Edmonton usually chooses LA.

 
October 22, 2010  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The last sentence sums up the commitment factor...only 36% of respondents would buy season tix packages... isn't this why the Jets left in the first place?Don't get me wrong, I think hockey belongs in Winnipeg before Arizona, but if the support isn't there, what's the point?

Don't worry BBBJ they'll sell out they left because of an antique Arena & a 62 cent dollar.Thirty six % of respondents would mean they would sell out .What is 36 % of 650,000 people

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