Originally Posted by logan5
I wonder if this could be a path for Surrey? The Abbotsford arena only holds 7000 people. I'm sure the team could average more than 7000, considering the Vancouver Giants average around 7000 per game, and have averaged well into the 8k's. It seems there would be more opportunity for the organization as a whole to be in a bigger venue and bigger market (Surrey).
Last year Abottsford ranked 29 out of 30 teams in league attendance.
Absolutely NO need for any additional arenas SoF.
You have Chilliwack with a 5000 seat arena that had the WHL, lost the WHL in 2011, and now has the BCHL Chiefs in which the team averages about 2000 fans per game (40% percentage), which I should note is far away #1 in attendance in the BCHL
You have Abbotsford with a 7000 seat arena that has the AHL (Heat), and averages about 3500 fans per game (50% percentage of the arena). With the Canucks farm team, they should average well over 5000 fans a game.
You have Langley, with their 5500 seat arena that has the BCHL that gets no real events outside of BCHL and Trinity Western, plus some minor league tournaments, plus their BCHL Rivermen which average 1200 fans per game (20% capacity) As well, it's located minutes away from East Surrey (on 200 Street)
All arenas, minus Abbotsford (if they had the Canucks farm team in town), are too big, and are un-necessary for their size.
If the Pacific Coliseum was deemed inadequate, unsafe, or the PNE wanted to redevelop the site, there may be a case for a secondary rink in Surrey City Centre to replace that arena, but at present, the last thing Surrey needs to do is join the arena bandwagon and copy Chilliwack, Abbotsford, and Langley.