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The reason for the Showcase is to show off the league and it's players to scouts. Really good idea to expose the players. But by shifting home games to Chilliwack, plus cutting the schedule by another couple of games, I now get 13.3 percent fewer games..................but pay the same season ticket price I did last season. Who are your customers? The fans or the scouts?
Here's an idea to show the players to the scouts AND still let your fans see the games:
Open the season on the Labour Day weekend. There are 5 Island teams and 5 Mainland teams. You'll need at least 5 games to get each team involved. Have a Friday night game on the Island. Victoria or Nanaimo's home opener and have the scouts all there. Rent a bus. Not some smelly old thing, but a really nice bus and take them across to the mainland on Saturday morning. (If necessary John Grisdale can load their luggage into the bus...LOL) Then have a Saturday afternoon game and then a Saturday night game in the Mainland. Sorry Powell River and PG, you have to open on the road. And then another double header on Sunday afternoon and evening. Monday is a holiday. Bus up to Merritt and the Cents open on Monday night. Then Penticton, Westside, Vernon, Salmon Arm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. And then another round of double headers on Saturday and Sunday with some of the Coast teams having a road game. Sorry Trail, you have to open on the road in the Okanagan.
Or start in the Interior on Friday of the long weekend and then end the next weekend at the Coast. Don't move the games...... move the scouts.
There is no possible way viper management will follow Victoria's lead, truly show "fan appreciation" and drop the over-priced cost of tickets, let alone adjust the cost of season tickets for less games/per season.... Not with the RBC cup coming here!!!
Glad their are a few others that feel the same as I do. Our season ticket holders here get a break if we buy early but still basically pay extra for those two games with a shorter regular season. I didn't do the math for our cost's this year but it likely is not a lot different than yrs past.
Just seems to me that they didn't think it all out. I couldn't agree more that this is all for the scouts and the folks across the league that actually pay the freight were forgotten in this.
Coming at the start of the season and all it seems to me that we will likely really be watching pre season hockey in this mini tournament. Yup great for the scouts not so much for the fans.
I plan on going to our real home opener on the 15th
Oh and I'm sure the City of Chilliwack will love it as would any City having their hotels and restaurants filled up so it's not all a bad thing.
We do have lots of good places to stay and eat. Common' down.
You're paying $0.60 more per game this year ChiefsRBack.
I can't wait for the showcase! I doubt it will be like preseason hockey because the games count in the standings. And the Chiefs only have 3 players left to cut so they pretty much have their roster ready to go.
The showcase will be nothing like exhibition. Its regular season and teams will have to card any player on the roster for the showcase. They won't be able to have 2 or 3 uncarded players hanging around to sub in and out for a better look. They would have to decard (release) an already carded player and card a player they want another look at. This is regular season and all the usual carding procedures apply.
Chilliwak fans: Do your season ticket prices include tickets to the Chiefs games at the showcase or do you have to pay extra for those. How much money do showcase game tickets cost. Can you buy day passes, tournament passes or is it single game tickets only.
The showcase wasn't included in our season tickets because the season tickets were announced before the Chiefs found out they were hosting for sure. Our season tickets did include all exhibition games and the first round of the playoffs.
Season ticket holders got special pricing for the showcase. We paid $30 for the whole weekend. All the games and we just use a wrist band to get in and out. Or you could pay $20 for just the 2 Chiefs games.
As far as I'm concerned the BCHL as an organization has been missing a great opportunity to showcase their league for a long time. If they started their schedule the first weekend of September, they'd have the complete spotlight for hockey in BC - no competition with CHL or NHL. Of course they'd end the season sooner as well, but that wouldn't be a problem because they lose so many fans at the end of the season to both the CHL and NHL anyway.
Yes, there are logistics to work out (earlier camps, players away at WHL camps, billet situations, ect....) but these are not deal-breakers.
The BCHL has the opportunity to be the only hockey happening in a hockey crazy province and what do they do.....this foolish showcase where only a small handful of fans will be able to attend and there will be no 'home' fans really to mention as any loyal fans will have to scramble to find ways to follow their teams opening games....pathetic.
I never checked the pricing. don't care... I'm rich In more that one way.
My point was and is, the lack of planning and forethought by the league.... and by the league I mean those that control it, which last I checked were the owners and management of the teams in that league.
Fewer games in regular season. Sticking two games back into this showcase thingy. Rushing to start in September.
There are pricing issues for some I'm sure but like I said I never did the math. I will pay for what I want to watch and go to what I want to watch and I suspect very strongly that most of us are like that too. You can never get hockey fans to agree on much it's the nature of the beast.
But it sure would be nice if the "League" sometimes appeared to think they could and tried.
and regarding the exhibition comments. Of course it's not exhibition there are points up for grab but I bet it comes off LIKE exhibition because of the timing. A few teams will be really ready. A few more will be ready.... and others won't. 4 easy Points to the good guys ? and the others are in a hole.