Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Daily Quickie

Starting a new segment called the Daily Quickie where I will make a quick thought or note on what's in the news in the NHL. 

I read an article today from the Ottawa Citizen http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/hockey/ottawa-senators/just+along/6111480/story.html .  Wayne Scanlan talks about the atmosphere in Scotiabank Place on Saturday night during the Senators Leafs game.  As usual, whenever Alfredsson touched the puck, or his face was shown on the scoreboard, he was greeted with a chorus of boos.  This was seemingly shocking after the wonderful reception he received during the All-Star game the week before in Ottawa.

This happens in every Sens-Leafs game.  The Toronto fans outnumber the Sens fans by a long shot, and they take over the arena.  It’s not a fun atmosphere for Sens fans, but this is the nature of the rivalry. There is also a huge Leafs fan base here, and it’s also next to impossible to get Leafs tickets in Toronto.

What bothers me about this article is not what Scanlan is saying. Rather it’s the Season Ticket holders who are complaining about the overwhelming number of Leaf fans at the game, and that this is making them reconsider renewing their tickets.  This to me is a ridiculous reason for not renewing your tickets.  There are 6 games a year where the opposing team’s fans outnumber Sens fans, Leafs and Habs games.  You’re telling me that due to 6 games out of 41 you are not going to renew your tickets?  Are the other 35 games not worth it? 

Also, a lot of these Leafs and Habs fans are getting their tickets FROM Season Ticket holders who sell their tickets on Kijii, because they don’t want to go to the game, can’t make it, or just know they’ll make money off the tickets.  If you don’t want Leafs fans to overrun the arena, use your tickets and convince other season ticket holders to use theirs.  This way people who enjoy the game are Sens fans and they can enjoy the experience more.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree with you here! There is absolutely no way that we can let the Leafs overrun our house like this. Obviously there are more Leafs fans than Sens fans in Southern Ontario, and many will make the trip, probably even from as far aways as Toronto.

    They have every right to be there and be obnoxious road fans, I know I'd be the exact same if I could ever get a ticket to the ACC. For shame on the Sens fans out selling their tickets to those games. It's not like it's the Blue Jackets or Panthers in town, it's our biggest rivals, show them who is boss.