While fans who came out to enjoy the games were well entertained and, as always, enjoyed some excellent hockey from their Abbotsford Heat players, the number of fans once again highlights the bad planning which went into the franchise.
Photo by Win Wachsmann
Bad planning on the part of City officials – not the Calgary Flames or the local owners who extracted a ten-year guarantee they wouldn’t be allowed to lose money – George Peary’s Deal – before they would risk their own money in what Plan A proponents John Smith and Bruce Beck described as a ‘Hockey Mad Town.’
Not so much if the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars thrown the way of the Abbotsford Heat owners so far is anything with which to measure their claims.
The owners need an average of roughly 3,500 real* bums in seats at home games to break even. The big home opener double-header drew an average of 2,614 per game, the lowest in the AHL.
*Real/paying bums in seats … not including comp tickets
Heat Home Opener Weekend Attendance:
None of the principals in the Plan A debate other than John Smith (the former banker who advised us to take on as much as $500,000,000 in debt and long-term commitments so we could have the biggest hockey rink in the Valley) are currently collecting a taxpayer-funded pay cheque in Abbotsford anymore.
The next municipal election will take place in November of 2014.