Looks like ticket sales are weak

Discussion in 'Rochester Knighthawks Forum' started by mtbf, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. mtbf

    mtbf Well-Known Member

    There are several sections with just a couple of seats sold. No sections are sold out and even the most packed sections have many seats left for the 12/29 game.
    Is the expansion team a locked deal or is there still time to back out.
     
  2. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

  3. Wings-4-Life

    Wings-4-Life Well-Known Member

    Can't blame anyone. Why go see a team that you know is moving at the end of the season?
     
  4. KHawkTobey

    KHawkTobey Member

    Expect record-low attendance this year in Rochester, for at least two reasons: (1) a "lame-duck" team and season, and (2) disgruntled fans that want to stick it to Curt Styres. I doubt you will ever see his face on the field this season.

    As far as a future team goes - Rochester will get what it deserves. The city has lost any semblance of local sports identity and has adopted all things Buffalo. Meh.
     
  5. AmericanRockFan

    AmericanRockFan Well-Known Member

    How many casuals come 2020 will even know it’s not the same Knighthawks?
     
  6. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    With all that Styres has done to build a championship team and to get people to come ($20 tickets for the best seats for the Cup final is true class), Rochester fans wanting to stick it to Styres would just further prove what a smart move it is for him to get out of town. Halifax will embrace him and his team and show Rochester "fans" how to appreciate a guy like Styres.
     
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  7. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    It's a tough spot for the league to be in with the whole situation and it won't be a surprise if they don't get more than 3 or 4k for a game.
     
  8. Wings-4-Life

    Wings-4-Life Well-Known Member

    That's actually a good point. and may help short-term.
     
  9. mtbf

    mtbf Well-Known Member

    Well they are going to be called the Jr Bandits so that may be a clue
     
  10. AmericanRockFan

    AmericanRockFan Well-Known Member

    They're only going to be called that by the hardcores in the know ;)
     
  11. KHawkTobey

    KHawkTobey Member

    I agree. I was not supporting the idea that "disgruntled fans" boycott en masse, only that it is likely that quite a number will feel betrayed and do so. Many Rochester fans are fickle and unforgiving when they feel they have been slighted; remember the warm reception Steve Donner received when he returned to Rochester for an on-field award ceremony? Not saying it's right, just that the same is likely to happen again.

    As far as moving his team to Halifax, lightning seldom strikes twice. Saskatoon whole-heartedly welcomed and supported the Rush, but will Halifax do the same? How many players are going to want to make the trek to the Canadian Maritime hinterlands? At least Rochester is located in the middle of a box lacrosse hotspot.
     
  12. R.J

    R.J Guest

    Sucks to see that; maybe Rochester's no longer the strong market I thought it was. I hope with PSE next season that they can turn things around. As for Styres, I wish him luck in Halifax, and hopefully Halfiax is the market he needs to make things work.

    It'll be interesting to see how teams like Rochester, Georgia, and New England fare in the future within their markets (admittedly I don't have much faith in Georgia and New England).
     
  13. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    And the Razorsharks suspended operations as well
     
  14. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    Aa long as the black wolves play in an arena connected to a casino on both sides they are fine
     
  15. AmericanRockFan

    AmericanRockFan Well-Known Member

    I think they might've been kicked out of the Blue Cross Arena by PSE, which led to them suspending operations. I don't know for a fact though, but I had heard through the grapevine they were going to play at the Dome Arena in 2019 because of that, but apparently that's not the case anymore.

    Legal Disclaimer: I don't know for a fact they were kicked out by PSE, I'm just saying that's what I heard.
     
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  16. R.J

    R.J Guest

    Eventually the brand needs to grow though; half the owners are essentially just shifting money from one business to another, and I doubt that lasts forever.
     
  17. WingsNut423566

    WingsNut423566 Active Member

    Just fold Rochester already.
     
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  18. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    The WNBA has existed for 15 years playing out of Mohegan sun I just don’t see the black wolves going anywhere anytime soon, as long as they continue to get 5,000+ out to the casino property on Sunday afternoons
     
  19. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    Toronto is next to downsize to Ricoh , fold, or be sold
     
  20. Wings-4-Life

    Wings-4-Life Well-Known Member

    It's true. The WNBA team has never lit the world on fire getting people in the door:

    2003 6,025 (14th)
    2004 6,635 (13th)
    2005 7,156 (10th)
    2006 7,417 (9th)
    2007 7,970 (7th)
    2008 7,644 (11th)
    2009 6,794 (12th)
    2010 7,486 (9th)
    2011 7,056 (9th)
    2012 7,266 (8th)
    2013 6,548 (10th)
    2014 5,980 (10th)
    2015 5,557 (10th)
    2016 5,837 (10th)
    2017 6,728 (8th)
    2018 6,626 (5th)
     

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