Bron­cos AGM not ex­pected to be a pos­i­tive one

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The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos will be hold­ing their An­nual Share­hold­ers Meet­ing next week where the team will an­nounce the re­sults of their re­cent Eco­nomic Im­pact Study and will also de­tail the newly im­ple­mented Strate­gic Man­age­ment & Gov­er­nance Plan.

Bron­cos Chair­man of the Board Al Ste­wart said the mes­sage will not be a pos­i­tive one. “The an­swer is that we are not very happy about the sit­u­a­tion with­out delv­ing into numbers. But the re­al­ity is that it gets more and more dif­fi­cult ev­ery year and this is one of those years where we have seen pretty sig­nif­i­cant de­cline in tick­ets. It was a strug­gle for us with 1,700-plus tick­ets to make the books bal­ance with­out a run in the play­offs.”

The Bron­cos home opener saw only 2,023 fans in the crowd on Satur­day.

“It is very dis­con­cert­ing,” said Ste­wart of the sea­son ticket num­ber at 1,480 that morn­ing. “That is a pretty sig­nif­i­cant de­cline from pre­vi­ous years. It wor­ries me a lot. We have ev­ery­body on­side. Ev­ery­body un­der­stands that we need to sell more sea­son tick­ets.”

“Bud­gets for WHL teams go only one di­rec­tion and that is up. So we can’t with­stand too many years of de­clin­ing ticket sales,” he added.

Ste­wart said that the hockey club it is do­ing every­thing it can to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence for fans and play­ers alike, in­clud­ing a video score­board in the near fu­ture.

“You can look at many of the dif­fer­ent steps that we have taken in the last three years, all of them de­signed to add to the player ex­pe­ri­ence or add to the fan ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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