Top 10 Ways the Canucks Can Start a New Sellout Streak
The Vancouver Canucks announced the end of a 474-game sellout streak last Friday via an email to season ticket members. The streak lasted 11 seasons and was the longest active streak in the NHL.
As the Canucks adjust to new personnel on and off the ice, fans in this market are still not sure what to make of the team. Ultimately, the fans will speak with their wallets and it will be very interesting to see what the crowds at Rogers Arena are going to be like for the next few weeks.
With your help, I’ve compiled the Top 10 Ways the Vancouver Canucks Can Start a New Sellout Streak.
HM: “Magic beast mode activate for every player with the hockey Gods on our side to do what the Stars are doing to us.” –@cathy1228
I like the positive vibe from Cathy but it seems easier said than done.
HM: “I think they should honour the 7th man.” –@mhenderson95
The Canucks tried a new initiative at the start of the 2008-2009 season: they wanted to honour its fans as the “7th Canuck” before every home game. Not sure how long it lasted, but you can see the launch here.
HM: “What do I think? Well… IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT I THINK!” –@lyteforce
Truer words have never been spoken.
HM: Make every home game a “Jersey Off Our Back” night.
This is one of the Canucks’ most popular promotions. But is there really a market for 41 Shawn Matthias jerseys?
10: “Attract more fans that believe in them, cheer them on, are POSITIVE, and don’t criticize them for everything.” –@bettyhenderson7
More positive vibes from Betty here and she touches on something I’ve been preaching for the past couple of weeks: people can be so darn negative!
9: “Develop an atmosphere.” –@Chris_Withers
Chris touches on an atmosphere that many people have been complaining about for years. Whether it’s the product on the ice, the game day presentation, or the number of fans occupied on their cell phones, the atmosphere has certainly been lacking…especially last season.
8: “Start counting comped tickets as sales to inflate numbers again.” –@ryanclassic
Ryan calls it as many people saw it: that the club was either counting comps or buying up unsold seats to keep the streak going.
7: “Get rid of this ridiculous management for people with experience & the will to make hard, proactive decisions.” –@StuckontheSofa
Seems like someone isn’t sold on the new regime.
6: Make every home game a “Guaranteed Win” night (tickets to an upcoming home game if the Canucks lose).
This didn’t work so well for the BC Lions earlier this year. But it would create a buzz win or lose.
5: “Start playing in the Agrodome.” –@BrowntoBure
According to Wikipedia, the 51 year-old Agrodome has a capacity of 3,300 people for hockey. Sounds doable.
4: “Buck a beer and roomies hot dog nights.” –@qdsworld
I had no clue what a “roomie hot dog” was so I wrote back for a quick explanation.
“Sorry, toonie hot dog night. Damned autocorrect.” was the reply. Then, Quinn continued with another suggestion:
“How about “if we don’t score, then it’s “gorge night”? Hand out $20 gift cards to Subway if the #Canucks don’t score?”
Methinks Quinn was hungry when tweeting me his suggestions.
3: Have Mark Donnelly always perform the anthems while on ice skates.
We’ve all seen the video. Now it’s time to see it live.
2: “Team needs to win to attract the fans back, the true fans will always be there. Ticket prices also need to go down.” –@JovanHeer
Some real talk from the number one Canucks fan in Edmonton. This one makes sense to me: winning is the tonic for everything.
1: “Ice Girls.” –@Lakerin250
It worked for Dallas last night, didn’t it?