15,174 people showed up for the home opener. Unfortunately, I was there as well, no jab. Talked my way in. Wasn't too difficult. I'm handsome and the ticket taker girl was cold.
Inside...there was no energy. Like a Wednesday game against Minnesota in February. Beers are $10.75. A popcorn is $7.75. The ushers are all old women who tut tut everyone over wearing a mask. I didn't wear one all night, they didn't bother me. I'm handsome.
I have been to every home opener for like a decade. The Flames usually put some pomp and circumstance on the home opener. A cool video package, some nice on ice graphics. An attempt is usually made to pump the crowd up. At this home opener they had none of that. Like, zero. They had some nurses come out, and they got golf claps. None of them had normal names. There was an asian chick names Lyle. It was all very weird, and again, no energy.
And then...the anthems. There was no attempt to juice the crowd. It felt cheap. If the team isn't going to try to entertain the crowd, I don't know why they expect the crowd to cheer. I imagine the people on TV were wondering why there was no chant to start the game. Well, that's why. The team itself iced the crowd with its lackluster home opener ceremony.
And again: fifteen thousand people showed up. That's embarrassing. This is the first time they have played in like a year and a half. If any game was going to be full, this is one of them. And yet, fifteen thousand. Whole sections were empty. If you plan to go to a game, buy the cheapest seats you can, there will be plenty of seats available in the second and first levels to move down to. Three to four thousand people who used to show up are not showing up anymore. It's a disaster.
And can you blame them? This team should have been rebuilt two years ago. The team is stale, it doesn't play hard, they have no energy, there is no star power...what are we going to watch, exactly? Harvey the hound? And even he was just putting on the motions.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see what the building looks like after November 15th, when they switch over to QR code only. I would bet the attendance gets worse, not better. Could we be looking at a scenario where twelve thousand people attend a game? And we gave these clowns a new building. What a joke.
The team desperately needs a star. I'm sure the Eichel trade is coming. Not sure that will be enough.