Nice to see ticket prices going down...but my biggest concern is the PRODUCT on the ice and who is running the show.....behind the bench...or for how long.
“If we don’t win more home games, attendance may stay flat so you may see a decline in revenue,” said Ralph.
However, with lower ticket prices, he pointed out that “we may get more casual fans and visiting team fans and that could lead to an increase in merchandise and concession sales.”
Keeper’s home town gave him a parade...
For 2020, the East regional has been awarded to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, and will be hosted by ECAC Hockey on March 28-29, while the Northeast regional will be held March 27-28 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, with Holy Cross serving as the host. The Midwest regional will be hosted by Penn State on March 28-29 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, while Denver will be the host school for the West regional March 27-28 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.
In 2021, Scared Heart and Yale will co-host the East regional March 26-27 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut, while New Hampshire will host the Northeast regional March 27-28 at SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Midwest regional will be March 26-27 at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota, with North Dakota serving as the host, while the West regional will be at the Budweiser Events Center on March 27-28 in Loveland, Colorado, with Denver serving as the host school.
TBH I would rather go to Portland than Worcester or Albany, but obviously that calculus only works coming from Boston and doesn't work for all of the teams in CT/NY or Providence.
On the other hand, with the prices of hotel rooms and restaurants on the peninsula, it would have been a lot more expensive for the average attendee than Manchester or Worcester.
I think it comes down to the Arena in Portland is sub-par even with the 30+ million dollar renovation. Portland should have put that money into a brand new arena.
Portland has so much more to offer that Manchester, Worcester, Bridgeport and even Providence. Was just in Providence for this year's Regional and I was unimpressed with what is going on for nightlife after the games. Portland's Old Port, Craft Brew Scene, Restaurants, etc., etc. are outstanding.
Disappointed that Portland didn't get a Regional.
The line "it would be a disaster without Maine and UNH" is what I don't get. Portland can't build hotels fast enough, I'd argue it's more appealing for non-Mainers (particularly those above Augusta who have a pathological hatred of southern Maine) than Mainers.
Gendron’s thoughts on recruiting rule change...
But, Portland is a great small city, it's not a bad ride from Eastern Mass on 95, and (IMO) it's a much more attractive destination than are Worcester/Manchester combined.
Maine isn't within a continent of getting to a Regional right now, but I do think that a Portland Regional would fare well if BU, BC, maybe even UNH were sited there. It's true that the lodging is somewhat pricey there, but there are plenty of rooms up and down Rt. 1 in the off-season.
(Somebody else said this, but why oh why do so many Mainers consider Cumberland County hostile territory? My people are from Fairfield, smack-dab in the middle of Nowhere, but I love it there, and I love Portland too. We have a little bit of everything in Maine.)
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