Thursday, December 26, 2013

Does anyone but Canada care about the World Juniors?

From where I sit it looks like the World Juniors is facing another tournament with bad attendance...


Only 1,800 people bothered to show up for the Canadians opening game. To put that in perspective Sam Reinhart played in front of 2,100 in his last home game in Cranbrook with the Kootenay Ice. As for brother Griffen Reinhart and Oil Kings teammate Curtis Lazar, there were almost 7,000 fan in Edmonton. I will grant there were 4,200 at the Russia-Norway game, but even that's not great. There needs to be a better effort from the IIHF to find places where people will show up. How about ticket prices? Well, the cheap seats are 120 Krona, with the top ticket at 320 Krona. That's 15 to 50 dollars Canadian. I took my daughter to the Canada-Finland game in Edmonton 2 years ago. We paid 180$ for a pair in the cheap seats. These kids have flown halfway around the world to play for their country, and nobody in the host city seems to care enough to show up.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

1 comment:

  1. As usual, Tim hits the nail on the head!

    Dave C