Sec­ond game dip

Cee­bees of­fi­cials worry about at­ten­dance of two-game sets

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Hunt has spo­ken with mem­bers of the Roy­als’ ex­ec­u­tive about their ex­pe­ri­ences with fan at­ten­dance in Game 2 of a week­end se­ries, and found it is a trend that the sec­ond game will at­tract fewer fans.

An­other new wrin­kle to the sched­ul­ing this year is the ad­di­tion of games on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

While the Cee­bees do not play a great num­ber of Sun­day home games, Hunt said he still wants to see fans in the sta­dium. The Cee­bees will play two Sun­day games be­fore the Christ­mas break — Dec. 4 against the Clarenville Cari­bous and Dec. 11 against the Grand Falls-wind­sor Cataracts.

“We haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced a Sun­day game be­fore and we hope it doesn’t af­fect the at­ten­dance,” he said. Money an is­sue Hunt said low at­ten­dance is some­thing they will have to deal with as the league moves for­ward.

With games hap­pen­ing on two nights a week­end, it is pos­si­ble fans will be forced to look at the sched­ule and their pock­et­books when de­cid­ing what teams they want to see in ac­tion. What’s more, ticket prices were in­creased slightly this sea­son.

“The game be­ing on TV might have had some­thing to do with it,” added as­sis­tant coach Peter Ge­orge, speak­ing of Eastlink’s broad­cast of the Satur­day night game.

There were also other ac­tiv­i­ties around town, said Hunt, not­ing that the Har­bour Grace Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade held its an­nual fire­fight­ers’ ball on the same night.

“It all takes away from it,” said Hunt.

Hunt said he ex­pected a pretty good crowd at the sec­ond game, af­ter an en­ter­tain­ing af­fair Fri­day night (Nov. 11).

“It wasn’t a bad game,” he said. “Satur­day night is our nor­mal night, so we thought the peo­ple would come out.”

Hunt said through three home games this sea­son the Cee­bees are av­er­ag­ing 700 peo­ple at the S. W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

Con­cep­tion Bay North Cee­bee Stars for­ward Mor­gan War­ren blasts a shot to­wards Cor­ner Brook Roy­als keeper Brad Dyke dur­ing game ac­tion Satur­day, Nov. 12 at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace. Roy­als’ de­fence­man Brad Woods at­tempts to block War­ren’s shot.

In this file photo, As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros hockey coaches Paul Gosse (left) and Ron Nose­wor­thy dis­play the Wes­ley Gosse me­mo­rial shield. Nose­wor­thy re­tired from teach­ing this year, but still help out with the team.

Kenny Hunt says he’d like to see more fans at the sta­dium on the sec­ond game of backto-back games.

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