Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Wheat Kings Looking for Fan Support

The Wheat Kings would like to see more playoff crowds
like this one
The Wheat Kings are looking for some fan support when they need it the most.

The club had sold less than 2,900 tickets for Game #3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal as of 5 p.m. on Monday.

"It's the time of year when a team really draws off their home crowd," said Brandon general manager Kelly McCrimmon on Monday, "We're hoping that we get real solid support for our games on Tuesday and Wednesday because it does make a difference."

Low playoff crowds aren't an unusual problem for the Wheat Kings.

Brandon has averaged 3,379 fans per game during their first two playoff games at Westman Communications Group Place in the last six years while they've exceeded 4,161 fans for a second round playoff game just three times since 2003.

"The one thing that we have lost is just the continuity of being able to play at home. It's been 24 days since we've played here and the weather has been so nice, we fall out of the hearts and minds of our fans a little bit," added McCrimmon, "We have to get back in front of people."

McCrimmon also took time Monday to provide an answer about where the hockey club's lease negotiations with the Keystone Centre are at.

"It's been a very lengthy process, probably a little more so than what any of us would have thought," said McCrimmon, "I think both parties are working really hard at trying to find an agreement. That's everyone's goal at this point, that has never changed."

Brandon's 15-year lease with the Keystone Centre is due to expire in 51 days.

3 comments:

Curious said...

As a fan from afar, my question is why do the Wheaties get such little fan support in the playoffs. Is it just not getting first round games at home or weekend games because they are low seeds. Or do fans just move on quickly to something else?

Anonymous said...

As a long time Wheat King Season ticket holder, in my opinion, and that's just my opinion, I believe the fan base tends to go down for playoffs due to the long time inbetween games played on their home ice due to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair held at the Keystone Centre. I truly believe this should be looked at very seriously to moving to another week. I could be incorrect but I know of no other WHL team that has to play their first round of playoffs anywhere but their home ice.

Danny said...

Regarding:

McCrimmon also took time Monday to provide an answer about where the hockey club's lease negotiations with the Keystone Centre are at.

"It's been a very lengthy process, probably a little more so than what any of us would have thought," said McCrimmon, "I think both parties are working really hard at trying to find an agreement. That's everyone's goal at this point, that has never changed."

Strong rumours that the team will be moving??? Is this why there has been no advert for 2012/2013 Season Tickets??