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CANADIAN CITIES LOOK TO HOLD ONTO THEIR FANS -- AND TEAMS
Published October 24, 1994
WINNIPEG: Officials of the Manitoba Entertainment Complex, the group seeking to build a new arena in Winnipeg, will attempt today to persuade Winnipeg hockey fans to purchase seats in the new building. MEC needs commitments for 1,500 club seats and 40 luxury suites by the end of November in order to keep the project on course for a construction start next summer. Privileges for suite-holders will be extensive. For $55,000 to $85,000 annually, and the one-time $40,000 builders fee, a suite-holder will enjoy the use of a separate club concourse, private restaurant, special parking, all-day, all-event availability and concierge service. It will cost club-seat holders between $2,000 and $5,000 for the one-time builder's fee and the per-year premium is between $800 and $1,000, depending on location. Hockey tickets for the Jets will be extra, but the club seat also guarantees the availability of a chair for every arena event for which the seat owner wishes to purchase tickets (Don Campbell, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 10/22). CALGARY: The Flames are offering 1,500 fans with the opportunity to purchase club seats in the renovated Olympic Saddledome. By purchasing a club seat, an individual will be provided the privilege of obtaining tickets to any event at the Saddledome. The privilege won't affect shows until the arena reopens after extensive renovations in mid-October, 1995. While the official price for a club seat has yet to be released, Flames Seating Director Bob White said that the seats would cost between $2,925 and $3,375 for the 45-game season (Alison Mayes, CALGARY HERALD, 10/21). EDMONTON: Edmonton Eskimos GM Hugh Campbell said that the team may be forced to shut down their operation if they can't get more money out of Commonwealth Stadium. Campbell said after four straight money-losing seasons, the team will fold without new revenue sources. City Council decides tomorrow whether to further pursue the ideal of an Eskimo-operated stadium (Mike Sadava, EDMONTON JOURNAL, 10/22).