Written for thecanuckway.com
The Vancouver Canucks have struggled to get fans into the arena as the team has lost. This year, things are looking up.
Is Vancouver really a hockey town? On the surface, one would think so. However, with the way things have gone in the past four dismal years for the Vancouver Canucks, it seems that many in the city only support a winner.
Yes, that comment will stir up some unrest among Vancouverites, however, it is not an untrue one. Allow me to explain.
When the Canucks were in their winning heydays of the late 2000s and early 2010s, tickets flew off the shelves, and the team had one of the longest sellout records in all of the North American sports. Since the play has taken a downward turn, so has the ticket demand.
While the decrease in demand could be expected, it does not happen in other traditional hockey markets.
For example, the Toronto Maple Leafs consistently sold-out games through their many years of forgettable hockey as did the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. Vancouver though? Well, this city turned out less than 16,000 in a 2017 home game against the Winnipeg Jets.
In 2011, demand for tickets was through the roof, and prices were sky-high.