Originally Posted by Bluenote
What is the population, lets say in a 100 km circle of the city? And since I do not know the financial state of your city and area ( sorry ) , do you have enough corporate sponsers? As that is one of the biggest reasons why we here in Winnipeg are not a has been NHL team and one of the few that make money, I know we have second highest ticket prices in Canada, and the arena is sold out for 5 years , but the chunk that saves or makes the entire deal feasable is the corporate side, Plus we own the arena ( team owners do ) which makes a huge diff.
In a 100 km radius... it would definitely exceed 200,000 - but probably not by a significant amount. Winnipeg alone has a larger population than all of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The median income in St. John's as of 2010 was $78,210 (and keep in mind St. John's is somewhat unique in that we have a significant portion of the population working on the mainland and sending money back. It's like... South Americans, for example, working in the United States. So, a man might be working in Alberta, but sending almost all of his money back home to support a family, and simultaneously build a huge house in the suburbs - and, I believe, none of this would count as St. John's income. So there's lots of mainland money flying around and A LOT of it is disposable income). To compare, in Winnipeg it was $72,050. So not much of a difference, really.
I'd guess there's no shortage of corporate sponsors because the wealth is concentrated at the top in St. John's. And Danny Williams has all the right friends in all the right places.
Normal, public ticket sales should be strong regardless of the city's economic conditions because the Ice Caps are the biggest show in town for sports fans.