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No Sell-Out In Ottawa

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

One assumed guarantee was a capacity crowd for an NHL playoff game in a Canadian city.

Ottawa fans are turning that notion on its ear.

For Thursday’s Round 2 opener against the New York Rangers, hundreds of empty seats were conspicuous at all three arena levels, a hot topic of discussion between whistles.

The development is stunning considering this is only the second time since 2007 the Senators have been among the final eight teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Just as the first sultry weather of the season screamed, ” Patio Bar!!” the Senators entertained the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal. A crowd of 16,744 took in Ottawa’s 2-1 win at the Canadian Tire Centre, the smallest home gate this post-season by about 2,000. Official capacity is 18,572 but more than 20,000 attended Daniel Alfredsson night.

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What are tickets? $400 each? I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some sorry of market correction on ticket prices.

Posted by teldar on 04/28/17 at 09:38 AM ET

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What are tickets? $400 each?

There are $96 tickets available for tomorrow’s game.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/28/17 at 09:52 AM ET

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Lower the damn prices!!!

I cannot afford to go to any professional sporting event.  How on earth can anyone afford to go to these games anymore?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/28/17 at 09:54 AM ET

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I’m really surprised tickets are only $100 and people aren’t going

Posted by teldar on 04/28/17 at 10:18 AM ET

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For Thursday’s Round 2 opener against the New York Rangers, hundreds of empty seats were conspicuous at all three arena levels,

Empty seats do not equal not sold out. Empty seats equals not in attendance. Chances are the seats were sold, but went unfilled. The execs are usually more concerned with making the sale rather than the attendance (which is usually the concern the other consumers tend to have).

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 04/28/17 at 10:27 AM ET

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Ian Medes of TSN,

The situation in Ottawa is a strange marriage of complacency and anger that’s hard to describe unless you live in this market. It’s a deep-rooted and complex situation that does not have a simple solution. The downtown arena will help with one part of the issue, but it won’t solve everything that ails this franchise.  It certainly won’t erase the obstacle preventing the federal government from buying season tickets, so there will still be challenges ahead.

much more

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/28/17 at 10:34 AM ET

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Empty seats do not equal not sold out. Empty seats equals not in attendance. Chances are the seats were sold, but went unfilled. The execs are usually more concerned with making the sale rather than the attendance (which is usually the concern the other consumers tend to have).

Posted by SnLO from the binary digisphere on 04/28/17 at 10:27 AM ET

But the announced attendance was 16,744, and that counts sold tickets, regardless of who showed up or not.

That’s why the Wings can call a Tuesday game in November against Arizona a “sellout”, even though it is quite obvious there are a few thousand empty seats.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/28/17 at 10:54 AM ET

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It certainly won’t erase the obstacle preventing the federal government from buying season tickets,

Well that’s random and weird.

What’s this all about?

“There were several theories floating around for the decreased attendance. They ranged from the problems of the Phoenix pay system (in which thousands of federal government employees have been underpaid or not paid at all) “...

....The region’s biggest employer – the federal government – is unable to purchase season tickets for its employees nor can they be involved in any sponsorship opportunities


Why is the federal gov’t not able to purchase season tickets?  What is this “obstacle” Mendes keeps citing?

And why aren’t federal employees getting paid?

Posted by Primis on 04/28/17 at 11:00 AM ET

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I’m really surprised tickets are only $100 and people aren’t going

Having been bored nearly into a coma by both the Ottawa/Boston and NY/Montreal series, I understand it.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/28/17 at 11:17 AM ET

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Having been bored nearly into a coma by both the Ottawa/Boston and NY/Montreal series, I understand it.

Don’t forget Chicago/Nashville

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/28/17 at 11:48 AM ET

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That’s why the Wings can call a Tuesday game in November against Arizona a “sellout”, even though it is quite obvious there are a few thousand empty seats.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/28/17 at 10:54 AM ET

and that’s why the Ducks called game 1 against the Oilers a sellout, even though there were tons of seats with orange towels all around me

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 04/28/17 at 11:49 AM ET

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Don’t forget Chicago/Nashville

I was trying to forget it.  Thanks a lot!

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/28/17 at 12:15 PM ET

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Ian Medes of TSN,


The situation in Ottawa is a strange marriage of complacency and anger that’s hard to describe unless you live in this market. It’s a deep-rooted and complex situation that does not have a simple solution. The downtown arena will help with one part of the issue, but it won’t solve everything that ails this franchise.  It certainly won’t erase the obstacle preventing the federal government from buying season tickets, so there will still be challenges ahead.

The only thing that concerns me about any of this is the fact that the guy who wrote this article referenced the Wings’ playoff streak ending at 24 years, but its 25 lol

Posted by redwings_lifer on 04/28/17 at 12:22 PM ET

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The league as whole better take notice. Escalating ticket prices are an issue. While one ticket might be affordable, consider the cost of a family of 4 attending a game.

Posted by evileye on 04/28/17 at 12:26 PM ET

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The league as whole better take notice.

No.  Apathy in a place that’s never had a rabid fanbase isn’t a harbinger for the league.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/28/17 at 12:34 PM ET

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But the announced attendance was 16,744, and that counts sold tickets
Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/28/17 at 10:54 AM ET

I would normally agree that is a tactic used by the franchises to spin things to be better than reality, but I disagree in this instance because of what is written:

A crowd of 16,744 took in Ottawa’s 2-1 win at the Canadian Tire Centre,

Notice in the article quote the careful use of words. Not using “announced” and using “took in”. I suspect for this writers purpose, actual attended is what is being used.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 04/28/17 at 12:56 PM ET

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The tickets were unsold , I looked at the site for ticket sales yesterday afternoon and there were still lots available.

Posted by dwgs on 04/28/17 at 02:47 PM ET

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