Agreed. And Phesto, your numbers look staggering but I suspect the routinely sold-out Canucks could easily sell more tickets if there were more games or the arena was bigger. The sports fan dollars are out there, you just need to provide a product for sale.
Baseball would become the #2 sports draw in the city. The Lions, Whitecaps and Canadians might suffer, but a MLB team could make a go here.
As for triple A, the triple A team that moved to Sacramento in 1999 was here for over 20 years. The move was not necessarily related to profitability, but rather to bring the team closer to its parent, Oakland. However, playing out of the Nat may not have been ideal for a club of at level, so a new ballpark would be needed anyway.
Let's hope someone with the financial wherewithal is reading this and tries to prepare a business case.
Originally Posted by logan5
Going to a baseball game is far cheaper than going to a hockey game. The cheapest seat for a Blue Jays game is $11, while the cheapest seat for a Canucks game is over $60 (excluding some very limited promotions). It costs less to go to a baseball game than it does to go to a movie.
The single A Vancouver Canadians average over 4000 people per game, with ticket prices ranging from 12.50 to 22.00 dollars, for as low a profile a team that you could possibly get in Vancouver. Baseball is the one sport that can attract people just for the sake of being at the ballpark.
Build a park around downtown, and with our spectacular setting and our high population density, you are going to get good crowds.