Getting people in their seats at the start of the game?
Old 03-15-2014, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm watching the Bulls/Kings game right now and i noticed that fans are in their seats at the start of the game. Are we the only team that seems to have trouble getting everyone to take their seats at the start of the 1st/3rd quarters (excluding teams that have trouble with attendance)? At the start of every game you see about 5,000 empty grey seats and it takes until about 5min in to fill them.

TL made a remark to this before the season and said he's never seen it before and they would take steps to rectify it. But wtf can he really do? It happens with the Leafs as well, i've never understood it. Is there a shortage of washrooms and concessions at the ACC in comparison to other arena's?

What gives?
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Miami and LA usually don't fill up rite away
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Miami and LA usually don't fill up rite away
Not sure about LA but Miami has one of te worst fanbases in the NBA. Still say theatre lighting would do the ACC a world of good. It's funny because Matt and Jack talked about Theatre lighting last week and they both said they love it.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Last night wasn't bad. Ultimately it's about getting seats sold to people who care more. Toronto has always been a bad town for people going to sporting events to be seen, or on business, or as a casual way to make appearances. There is a ton of idle chatter in those greys. And I've seen groups of people take off for a full quarter just to grab some sushi and a drink.

Is it much different for hockey?
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Last night wasn't bad. Ultimately it's about getting seats sold to people who care more. Toronto has always been a bad town for people going to sporting events to be seen, or on business, or as a casual way to make appearances. There is a ton of idle chatter in those greys. And I've seen groups of people take off for a full quarter just to grab some sushi and a drink.

Is it much different for hockey?
I can't speak for now but it was always an issue for hockey as well when I used to go to games and watch on tv. I do wonder about concessions and washroom and are there less at the ACC then other arenas. The lineups at the half are ridiculous.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Easily explained IMO.

The platinum seats (a big chunk) have a private box/hospitality suite for groups of seats underneath the golds. That box includes a bar, bartender, big TV, food, seats and usually a group of your friends/business associates. People seem to forget this or don't know.

Or... you go to Platinum club and have drinks and apps before the game, order dinner and it hits the table as you come back for 1st intermission or half time. Pretty spectacular food here btw, very good. Sometimes people get comfortable...or drunk and lose track of time (many times!)

Also seen people wanted to catch glimpses of players in the halls then take their time getting back.

And... the lower bowl is all season ticket holders, and those prices are so ridiculously high almost nobody would pay for them with post tax $, without putting the cost through their business. And that said, a huge chuck of those are given as business to business. So these people are there a few times a year and not every night and there as guest with people that they are with so its often not their decision.

The reality...MLSE really has made the experience so good that it sometimes takes a bit longer to get back and thats probabaly not going to change. This is why people are slow to get to their seats and I would be sometimes too.

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Old 03-15-2014, 10:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i dont know about other arenas but concession stands at the ACC are ridiculous (prices and line ups) it does take a while to get food and drinks before heading to your seats. and washrooms do get packed quick.
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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a few years ago we got some really good seats from work, somewhere in the first 5-6 rows. A bunch of people from work got to go, and I was probably the only one who was a fan of the team. Even so, it was a pretty good experience for most, sitting that close to the action is pretty cool, but until the last quarter, people came and went from that back room where they had a shitload of food and drinks ... the last quarter and the OT were wild though, think it was a game against the wizards where we came from behind to force OT and then we lost, but the place was rocking in the last stretches.

can't help things, without those platinum boxes and courtside seats, the team would struggle financially. I'd rather have a strong team financially, in the playoffs I guarantee you the fans will be great and when the time comes, I have no doubt MLSE will spend the money, unlike places like chicago or okc.
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Just curious, but what time does the ACC actually let fans in before game time? When I went to a Raps game last year, fans couldn't actually get into the building until 45 minutes before game time. If this is still the case, then this could possibly be part of the problem. Whenever I have gone to an AHL game here in Newfoundland, our stadium is opened 2 1/2 hours before game time. While our stadium seats much less than that of the ACC (7250 people to be exact) we always have fans in there seats a good 20 minutes before the puck drops.
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I might just be a bit paranoid but wouldn't theatre lighting, especially with such focus grabbing entertainment in front of you; dramatically increase the stadiums theft?

In regards to the seating, most people here the announcer yelling and head to the bathroom before the game really gets going. Not to mention waiting in a line for food!

It will never be 100% attendance from the get-go.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Just curious, but what time does the ACC actually let fans in before game time? When I went to a Raps game last year, fans couldn't actually get into the building until 45 minutes before game time. If this is still the case, then this could possibly be part of the problem. Whenever I have gone to an AHL game here in Newfoundland, our stadium is opened 2 1/2 hours before game time. While our stadium seats much less than that of the ACC (7250 people to be exact) we always have fans in there seats a good 20 minutes before the puck drops.
An hour before gametime for most tickets. (So if the game is at 7, you could be in the ACC at 6)
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An hour before gametime for most tickets. (So if the game is at 7, you could be in the ACC at 6)
Alright, thanks
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:01 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I was there today. Fans started filing out with 8 minutes left in the 4th. smh
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