Mayor Banman seems a little confused about the purpose of charging people money at Heat games. Reducing parking fees may have a positive impact on attendance from the local market. The prospect of saving five bucks might make more people see if they like hockey.
But his comments about the issue on Facebook leave one scratching one’s head over what he thinks the purpose of charging people to go to the game actually is. Could it be so that we don’t have to send a cheque worth so many millions of dollars to the Calgary Flames every year?
Here’s what he said; “The cost of parking was a major complaint. Thank you UFV for helping to make things more affordable only $5 now. Just in time for the Canuck farm team game.”
If we fill the arena with people from Vancouver when their AHL farm team is here, why would we drop our pants on parking thereby reducing our take by half? Surely we are simply throwing money away if we are going to sell out anyway when the Canucks farm team is here.
Would it not have been smarter to save the savings for Abbotsford residents who are the ones we’re trying to encourage to come out to the games? Surely our business plan (sorry … there wasn’t one) wasn’t based on Vancouver residents driving to Abbotsford to watch hockey.