Morning Papers Take: Pictures from Phoenix

Posted by Richard Pollock in Morning Papers take,NHL Morning Papers on December 4, 2009 — 5 Comments

On this week’s IllegalCurve.com Radio Show, we talked about one of our friends heading to Phoenix to catch a couple of games this weekend.  Well, after seeing the Flames play the Coyotes last night in Glendale, he had much to say.  However, the pictures that he has sent along may say 1,000 words.

Phoenix Crowd 1

To add to the picture above, the announcers at the game in Glendale did not publicly announce the crowd.  On top of that, apparently the crowd was hoping equally for Calgary/Phoenix, maybe even a majority in favor of the Flames.

Phoenix Crowd 2

Moreover, our friends who attended the game sat in center ice box seats for the price of $40 per ticket.  As well, apparently a number of other boxes were completely empty.

As many people know, Glendale is quite a ways from central Phoenix, and apparently the cab ride is about 30 minutes from central Phoenix–which ended up being a $30 cab ride.

Phoenix Crowd 3

With about 5,000 fans on hand to see the Coyotes and Flames play (both good teams mind you), how on earth does the NHL plan to sell this team to someone willing to keep this team in Glendale? 

If this team is slated to lose $50 million, as some have reported, it appears the Coyotes are not long for Arizona.  The question I have is: Which city do you think the NHL will end up in next?  Apparently Gary Bettman says the MTS Centre in Winnipeg is big enough.  What about Quebec City?  Is Kansas City still a realistic option?  Las Vegas?  Or do you think this team can sustain itself in Arizona?