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COULD NORDS FIT IN WELL IN DENVER MARKET?
Published May 19, 1995
The ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS' Curtis Eichelberger has been covering the potential move of the Nordiques to Denver since rumors about the team's move to the area began. He told THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY that questions about the Denver market's ability to support an NHL team are valid, but he thinks Denver could support a franchise. Eichelberger: "I do think with the proper marketing there is enough of a base here to get people to turn out." THE CORPORATE DOLLARS: Eichelberger thinks the biggest area of concern will be the ability of the Denver corporate community to support the skyboxes and club seating necessary to make the franchise profitable. He says there are many Denver teams competing for corporate money. Eichelberger: "I think you're not going to have a problem filling the place, and I think you are going to sell some boxes, but to sell them all, and to get the kind of money they've -- the Rockies, the Broncos, the Nuggets, and even up at CU -- been getting for them, I think that's where the real test is going to be" (THE DAILY). HAMILTON IN THE MIX? A U.S. group led by Rough Riders Owner Horn Chen is interested in bringing the Nordiques to Hamilton, according to this morning's Hamilton SPECTATOR. John Kernaghan reports that Chen's group has been in contact with the Nordiques, but "have received no reply." Hamilton Mayor Bob Morrow, who confirmed the groups' interest, said the city did not want to "seem predatory." Hamilton: "But we couldn't wait until a deal was done to move the team to Denver" (Hamilton SPECTATOR, 5/19).