wprager wrote:Flo The Action wrote:Same point. The building doesn't change neither does how you utilize it. I could see the difference in if they had to have a bigger or smaller building but if they can reconfigure the seats to have more at a latter date than you are wasting. The costs to maintain and service the building will be the same. Just less chance of revenue. So what if you don't sell out on most night. As long as it's more seats sold than you would sell on a smaller arena.wprager wrote:Flo The Action wrote:I worked in the entertainment industry for some years doing booking and you would never book a band in a venue you knew was going to be sold out in advance. If it did, you tried your best to relocate to a bigger venue. If there are increased sales to be made, you make them. Just simple math.
Sure, one-time event. What if you had to book the same act for 41 nights over 7 months?
What changes is that it becomes routine, and not an *event*. If you can pick up a pair of tickets any time you want (without paying a premium to the scalpers) then you start taking it for granted instead of planning for it in advance. It does make a difference.
I was at the Preds game last Friday in Nashville and that was an event. When I go to a Sens game I look forward to it and I normally leave happy with the fact that it was nice to attend. When I left the Preds game I couldn't wait to go back, unfortunately I don't live there. The Preds put on a great show, the fans go crazy and the atmosphere is the best that I've ever seen compared to Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto, Detroit and Buffalo. Two of the guys I was with have season tickets and both were in awe of how much fun going to the game was. It's a great fan experience and I cannot say the same about the Sens games. Another big part of it is that the Preds arena is downtown, right on the strip so people have some dinner and a few drinks and walk down to the game. This is so much better than hauling out to Kanata for a Friday night game.
Another guy who I was with has been to 7 Preds games and said they are all the same, doesn't matter if it's a Wednesday night in January, the fans are very knowledgeable and hooked on hockey.
The Sens should send some of their staff to different arenas to see how to really put on a good show.