Personally speaking, I can think of only three good reasons for the Calgary Flames’ moving their AHL farm team to Abbotsford – three visits by the Manitoba Moose. But again, that’s just me.
Tracy and I go to Abbotsford almost every weekend – mommy-in-law lives there – and I’ve yet to talk to someone who is genuinely excited about the prospect of the Flames’ farm team moving there. Certainly, a few liked the idea and would support it, but I didn’t get the sense that they would (or could) get emotionally-invested in the product like they are with the Canucks right now.
The counterargument, of course, are the obvious economic benefits to the city. No offense to the locals, but there’s not a lot of ways you can spend your entertainment dollar in Abbotsford and I would think that going to an AHL game would rank up there with going to Blue Ridge, Lou’s Grill or the Towne Cinemas. If anything, it gives Abbotsford residents another option to spend their money in Abbotsford.
The question is, if they’re not emotionally-invested in the team – i.e. they don’t care – then how long will they continue to spend their money and support it?