Second game dip
Ceebees officials worry about attendance of two-game sets
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.