Sunday, 10 July 2011

Obligatory Jets Post

Well, I promised a Jets post over a month and haven't gotten to it. A lot's happened since the NHL approved the sale of the Atlanta Thrasher to Winnipeg. For starters, the appropriate renaming of said team as the Winnipeg Jets. The rapid sale of 13,000 season tickets as well.

I am a bit concerned over what this NHL euphoria will do to personal debt in Winnipeg, though. A lot of Winnipeggers want to support the team and live through the full experience by buying paraphernalia, concessions, and the like. While only 2.4% of Winnipeg's population will be at any given game*, this audience won't be exactly the same people at each game.

On a brighter note, Winnipeg still is in a better economic state than it was in the 1990s. So, hopefully, a broad swath of Winnipeg can support their NHL team without going too deep in debt.

*The MTS Centre Seating Capacity is 15,015. Winnipeg's population is 633,451.
 (15,015/633,451)*100 = 2.4


  1. While a lot of tickets were undoubtedly purchased by individuals, I am confident that a fair amount of businesses purchased tickets in hopes of using them for obviously business related reasons. And I know for certain that many business owners were also out of luck. If there are people out there who did overspend, it probably won't effect ticket sales. Really if you think about it, if you are a business owner and you don't have jets tickets.. you don't have the hottest ticket for schmoozing and all that fun stuff.

  2. I'm not worried about the initial ticket sales so much as the population of people who'll buy tickets for individual games. A few of these fans will undoubtedly have pockets that aren't too deep yet an intense like of the game, perhaps to the point of supporting the team by buying various concessions and merchandise. Canada already has absurd levels of household debt, I can't help but think that all the euphoria over a new arena will make it marginally worse.