Wednesday, November 24, 2021

15,464 People Show Up To The Flames Game

Wow, I'm actually a little surprised. I thought they would do like a twelve thousand number, due to the QR code thing. They don't appear to have had any less people than they did when they didn't require the QR code.

For comparison, the last home game, before they switched to QR only, they drew 14,090 people. The game before that, the Ranger game (on a Saturday IIRC) drew 15,879 people. 

We will see how the rest of the homestand goes, but my hypothesis that attendance would further collapse with the imposition of a QR vax pass seems to be under attack right now. 

They are still missing four thousand people from the stands, but they were missing four thousand people with the easy to fake vax passport requirement for entry. There doesn't appear, again it's one game, but there doesn't appear to be a drastic change in attendance.

Perhaps I was the only handsome guy talking his way into the building? 

Is it 'The Economy, Stupid', after all? Is it fear of large crowds? Is it residual damage left from the disaster that was last season? Where did the missing four thousand go? 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

There Are 2,424 Unsold Tickets To Todays Calgary Flames Game Versus The Chicago Blackhawks

What a disaster. If there was an actual 'sports media' in this city they would probably be talking about why the first place team in the West can't sell any tickets to their games. It would probably be a story if the market was being served by anything other than salesmen. Salesmen, by the way, who seem to be doing a shitty job, as there are 2,425 tickets available as of this morning to the games they propagandize for. 

What a debacle. That's probably a quarter million dollars at least left on the table. Plus beer and food sales. For a team that hadn't been able to sell a ticket to a game all last season. You'd think the people in charge would be going nuts. 

When the Flames had ~1,800 tickets available before a game this season, it has usually translated to about 4,000 people not showing up. They have 2,425 available right now...I wonder if 12,000 show up to the building. Do you think they talk about that, or they ignore it?

Now why is the building about to be half full? There is a lot of conjecture, my guess is the obvious one, that it's the reaction to the vaccine mandate. People do not like it. The type of person who can afford expensive season tickets does not like being told what to do by slug bureaucrats. Now with the introduction of proof of vaccination that is difficult to counterfeit, the building attendance, already poor, is about to crater. 

You would think this would result in the Flames applying a lot of pressure on the provincial government to act like adults with regards to the Chinese cough, but alas, I won't be holding my breath. Sanity is sadly lacking in all levels of society right now. It's a result of the purity loop of the manic and panicked new religious class, the Covidians. At least in my view. 

Of course, it could be the other way, which is that people are so scared of catching something in a crowd that they are avoiding the gatherings. I'm not sure about that, simply because the restaurant clients I have aren't showing similar levels of disengagement from their customers. They are filling tables. 

It could also be a value thing. The Flames games these days are an expensive ticket. A family of four going to a game, sitting in the second level, probably costs $400 for tickets, and another $50 - $100 on food. Plus parking or uber. It could be $600 or $700 pretty easily. What do you get for that money? The game experience in an old building (ie: pissing in a trough), and basically what comes off as zero effort in game entertainment. If you aren't in to the hockey, it's a tough few hours, and expensive at that.

The product, the in arena game experience, is flat, stale, and boring. And expensive to boot. No wonder people aren't going to the games. It's a shame, because the team is good. Too bad nobody wants to see them play at home. 

The solution, at least to me, appears obvious. End the vaccine requirements, and the building fills up again. Let the high risk (old, fat, out of shape, ie the typical NDP voter) take their health in to their own hands, and let everyone else get back to normal. I bet the building would be full the next game. 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Another Day, Another Calgary Flames Home Game Where 5,000 People Choose Not To Attend

 The Flames continue to have about 5,000 people not show up to games. I went yesterday, it was my birthday. The vaccine checker didn't even check my card, and my date walked in with me just flashing her phone screen, which the guy didn't even bother to scan. 

Seems kinda funny. Vaccine fatigue. 

I also didn't see Harvey there. Kinda disappointing. And instead of a kiss cam they are doing a mask cam. It's as lame as it sounds. 

And where are the big titty cowboy girls? I demand the reinstatement of the big titty cowboy girls. They have the ice girls wearing sweat pants and sweat shirts now. It's disgusting.

All in all, the team isn't doing much to counteract the building missing 5,000 people. Whoever runs entertainment at the Dome should be fired, she's going a terrible job. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Did Anybody Go To The Flames Game Last Night? Average Attendance DROPS to 14,939!

 I didn't look to see how many tickets were available, but just checking the attendance figures it appears that the Dome was again missing over 4,000 people, at least. 

This is all about the silly, anti-science, anti-freedom Chinese Cough Vaccine Mandate. If the Flames are happy leaving two or three hundred thousand dollars on the table every night, they should be happy to keep rolling over for the province. If I was running the team, I'd be lobbying like crazy to get these Soviet-esque internal travel documents repealed. 

I happen to deal with some fancy people in my job, people who in years past were spending 10, 20, 30, or even 40 thousand on Flames tickets. Almost none of those clients renewed this year. These are not hillbillies. This is not about people not being able to afford the tickets anymore. People in that boat don't sit in the lower bowl. This is about them not wanting to comply with silly placebo's masquerading as good public policy. 

It's a bit of a shame, because the team might actually be competitive this year. Too bad nobody will be around to see it. How bad will it become after November 15th, when the QR only requirement comes in to play? I could see 12 thousand at the Dome. 

Monday, November 1, 2021

Eric Francis Notices Only 15, 319 Went To The Calgary Flames Halloween Game

The poor attendance numbers to the Flames games feels like it should be a bigger story than it is. I get that the sports media job is to drive ticket sales to the games, so talking about it would be counter-productive, but still. 4,000 people not showing up to the game, when the team is on a big win streak and playing good hockey, seems like it should be a thing worth noting. 

Eric Francis notes it with a one line throwaway sentence in his game story. 15,319 people apparently went to the game. I was there (with my extremely hot African GF, who enjoyed the game, which tells you just how entertaining the team is playing) and there were whole sections that were empty. 

Why? Well, with the team playing well it probably is either people think the ticket is too much, which it is, lets be frank, or it's because of the vaccine mandate. I guess maybe it's because people are still wary of the team based on how last year went, but they are number one in their division right now, so that seems like the least likely. 

If this keeps up I can't see how it won't become a bigger story, leaking from this unread blog which noticed it first to the seen media. How could it not? Attendance has collapsed. 

Hopefully this results in the Flames putting pressure on Kenney to end this silly mandate. Can you imagine how it will look after the QR code only requirement goes into effect on November 15th and extremely handsome people like myself are no longer able to talk their way into the game? I bet it goes to 10,000 people in the stands. 

Hey would you look at that, the Dallas Mavericks have ended their vaccinated only entry requirement. No doubt owing to the collapse of attendance at Maverick games. That's wild. That's also what we like to call 'political cover'. Hopefully this madness is over by Christmas. 

Friday, October 29, 2021

The Calgary Flames Have 2,305 Unsold Tickets To The Saturday Game, According To Ticketmaster.

The Calgary Flames, coming off of a 5 game road trip where they won every game and they looked pretty good doing it, have more tickets unsold now then they did at the beginning of the road trip. What?

When I posted on the 20th, they had 1,846 tickets for sale. Now they have 2,305. Why does nobody want to see the Calgary Flames play at the Saddledome (he asked facetiously)?

It probably has nothing to do with the civil right violating vaccine entrance requirements. It probably has nothing to do with $11 beers and $8 popcorn. It definitely has nothing to do with the being asked to wear a mask in a building full of supposedly vaccinated people, and it for sure has nothing to do with the ushers scolding anybody without said mask on. 

Gee golly, what could it be?

As I am extremely handsome and erudite, I will be going to the game Saturday, unvaxxed, as I will charm my way past the doorwoman. I bring this up because I was at the last home game where there was like 1,800 unsold tickets on paper, and it turned out to be something like 4,000 empty seats. The building looked and felt, not empty, but empty. No energy, etc. 

I wonder how the Halloween game will feel. Probably the same. 

Here is the breakdown, per ticketmaster:

PL= 448 seats available 

2nd level = 1281 seats available

1st level = 556 seats available

The restaurant seats = 20 available.

They don't have data on suits. At the home opener, by my eyes, looked like half the suits were empty. 

And you know what? Good for the Flames. If they and the Oilers refused the vax passport scheme, the province may not have introduced it. So fuck these guys. The fascist enabling corporate fucks deserve the wages of sin. 

How much money are we talking is being left on the table? Very rough calculation, because the prices on ticketmaster are insane, but that is what I have to go on. $59.50 for a PL seat. At least $94.50 for a 2nd level, and many are more. At least $234.50 for a 1st level, and again, many if not most are more. $234.50 for a restaurant seat. 

 448 * 59.50 = $26,656.00

1281 * 94.50 = $121,054.50

556 * 234.50 = $130,382.00

20 * 234.50 = $4,690.00

Total = $282,782.50

And that's not counting the suits, and that's using 'minimum' ticket prices for a section. They are losing more than that, most likely. Ouch.

But again, it's hard to feel sorry for the Flames, as they are the ones who got in bed with a failing government's hairbrained plan to appease the sky is falling chicken little wine aunts out there, who will never vote for them anyway. Oh well. Maybe rethink that next time?

Exit question: If the Flames play well but can't sell tickets into the year...what happens? 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Calgary Flames Have (On Ticket Master) 1,846 Tickets for Sale or Resale for the Halloween Game

The title says it all. As of today, the Flames have 1,846 tickets available for purchase (or repurchase, ie people with the tickets trying to resell them because they aren't going to the game) on ticketmaster

That's very similar to what they had available for the home opener. Fifteen thousand showed up to that, per ESPN. The 'Dome holds nineteen thousand people.

Are we starting to see a trend where the 'Dome goes from sell outs to being four thousand people short? Seems like a big number. I'm not sure if the suite ticket sales are included in the 1,800 (which seems to turn into four thousand at game time). When I was there for the opener I would say about a third of the suites were empty. 

Is this good? this good??

What's the argument against trading all the vets and starting a rebuild, exactly? They can't sell out the building keeping the vets on the roster. The chase for eighth isn't as exciting as they thought it would be, I guess. You can sell fifteen thousand tickets with kids, can't you?

Hell, I just looked. The Flames were averaging nineteen thousand people in 2013-2014, which is a rebuild year. They averaged nineteen thousand in 2012-2013 season, a tank year. And just to make sure I wasn't crazy I looked at 2014-2015. They averaged nineteen thousand that season, too.

They were selling more tickets rebuilding than they are with a vet team. People are sick of the .500 hockey. 

It could be COVID. It almost certainly is the vaxx mandate keeping people away. But I want Treliving fired so I'm gonna ignore that shit and blame it on his idiocy. HEY IDIOT: IF YOU ARE GOING TO ANNOUNCE LOUDLY AND PUBLICLY YOU ARE GOING TO TRADE THE BUMS AND THEN YOU DON'T TRADE THE BUMS, PEOPLE MIGHT GET DISILLUSIONED. smoking hot African GF wants to get married. Heaven help me.