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10/5/07 8:06 PM
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Hockeytown a misnomer after fans stay home for season opener October 3, 2007 BY DREW SHARP FREE PRESS COLUMNIST Sprinkle red roses over the grave. The myth of Hockeytown officially passed away Wednesday. Historians will mark the time of death at 7:44 p.m. at the conclusion of the first period when at least a third of Joe Louis Arena sat empty on the evening of the regular season opener with the defending Stanley Cup champions as the honored guests. There was little, if any, foot traffic heading down the aisles. The late arrivals had already arrived. Some club officials desperately sought false comfort, believing the masses of empty red seats were the result of ticket buyers staying home. That's a valid explanation when Columbus makes its 22nd visit of the season and it's only December. But this was the season's first game against the foe that bounced the Wings out of the playoffs last spring. There's clearly a disconnection between the Wings and a fan base that once crossed the border into blind obsession. Wednesday's game snapped a streak of 396 consecutive regular season sellouts -- dating back to Dec. 10, 1996. That was the season that culminated in the Wings' first Stanley Cup in 42 years, embarking them on a decade-long run sustained excellence. "It's more than a little disappointing," said Nicklas Lidstrom after the Wings outlasted Anaheim in an exciting overtime shootout. There was a time when only two words were required from the Wings come October - "We're back!" - and this city would fall over itself in unabashed exhilaration. But there's now heated competition for the city's heart as well as its entertainment dollar and the Wings seem ill prepared for battle. They made 200 tickets in the corners of the upper bowl available for $9 every game. There were some still available if you checked online an hour before face-off. That was the only ticket price adjustment made. Despite the Wings' sustained success, they've nonetheless fallen to fourth place among the city's four professional sports entities. --------- Cant even sell 200 tickets at $9 each. That's the price of a beer for fuck's sakes!
10/5/07 8:18 PM
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So many other options. Pistons are always big sellers. Tigers had a record year, 3.1 million or some shit. Lions sell out. Wings are 4th in Detroit. Always will be. Especially when tickets are $60 and up. Mark
10/6/07 12:37 AM
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"This type of thing has happened many times at Red Wing games in Detroit." Really are you sure? The Wings had like 200+ straight sell outs.
10/6/07 7:50 AM
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Buffalo is Hockeytown Fans already have something to celebrate. Scarborough research did a survey of NHL markets and asked how many fans would call themselved loyal. Close to 29% of male Sabres fans said they were loyal. Close to 22% of women were loyal. That was the most in any market, topping even Detroit. Sabres Spokesperson Mike Gilbert says, "I just think the fans in Buffalo truly love hockey they always have and the product on the ice has been good asa result we have seen a lot of people buying tickets and supporting the team."
10/6/07 6:21 PM
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What the hell else are they gonna watch in Buffalo? The Bills?! Lol.
10/7/07 8:58 PM
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lol at the fighting between the armpits.
10/8/07 2:59 AM
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couldn't they just advertise 200 tickets at 9 bucks in Windsor?...I mean, with the dollar at par, surely 200 people in Windsor would make the trip...NHL for 10 bucks?!
10/8/07 2:59 AM
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under 10 I mean
10/10/07 12:32 AM
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Who the fuck ever designated goddamned Detroit as "Hockey Town" anyway? Some stupid fuck in their marketing department, that's who! That shithole never was and never will be. From a purely objective standpoint (cups won), that distinction would likely have to go to Montreal, if anyone. I still LOL everytime I turn on one of their games and see HOCKEY TOWN stamped onto their ice surface.
10/10/07 12:52 AM
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It's simple, it's cause they called it first. Shotgun rules apply.

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