Bulldogs Home Opener on Bye Week

Hey guys

This is just a reminder that if you are looking to get your sports on during the Ti-Cats bye week, the new Hamilton Bulldogs OHL team is having their home opener this Saturday at 7pm.

Hope to see you there

Looks like some free rally towels

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Will Hamilton get behind a new breed of Bulldogs hockey?

It's too soon to know, but the numbers — the early ones, at least — aren't much to brag about.

According to the Ticketmaster website, the Bulldogs had sold roughly 2,600 tickets for their Sept. 26 home opener against the defending Memorial Cup champs, the Oshawa Generals, as of Tuesday afternoon.

That's 55 per cent fewer than the most poorly attended debut in their last decade in the American Hockey League.

Steve Staios, the team's newly-appointed president, said the tally seems to be in line with past trends. With 10 days to go before the game, there's still time — and Hamilton has always been a walk-up ticket kind of town.

"I'm not concerned," he said. "Regardless of what the home opener number is and how we do this year, there's a lot of work for me to do to build the brand and build the trust and put a good product on the ice."

In some ways, he's started already.

Over the past few months, Staios and his staff have managed to dramatically boost the Bulldogs' presence online and in the community. Along with being active on social media, players, coaches and others have attended meet-and-greets, restaurant openings, a Tiger-Cats game and Supercrawl — and they've done it all before the team's inaugural season even gets underway.

"We are a community-driven business," Staios said. "We want to be leaders in our community in all different facets. It's something we're starting with and we'll do the best we can and continue to build on it.

"I'm glad people are excited about it, but I think they need to know we're here for the long term and to build something really special here."

There are also big plans in the works for the Bulldogs' home opener. Staios said the team will be shutting down Bay Street between York and King for a pre-game street party with food trucks, face painting, a live band and other attractions. Once inside, fans can expect rally towels, smoke, pyrotechnics and high-quality videos to introduce them to a new slew of Dogs.

Michael Carlesimo, senior manager of game presentation, said the team is still looking at it as a major league production.

"We're not scaling back anything," he said. "We want to make sure when the players get out there, they're excited to play here in Hamilton."

There will even be appearances by a few of the club's famous friends. The Bulldogs expect everyone from former Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark to Olympic gold medallist Laura Fortino to Hamilton-born rockers Monster Truck to be on hand for the on-ice launch.

"I think it's going to be a real terrific kickoff," said Staios. "We want to make a good first impression with our fans and the people here in Hamilton."

But the folks from out of town are on his mind, too.

Now that they're in the OHL, the Bulldogs have an opportunity to lure people — fans and family — to the city from nearby cities like Guelph, Kitchener and London. And you can't forget the "great little hockey towns in between that don't get mentioned, but have terrific minor hockey associations and are interested in coming into the arena."

Aside from when Hamilton hosted Toronto, that's something that just didn't happen in the AHL. The teams were too spread out.

Now, though, Staios envisions Hamilton as the "hub," the "metropolitan city for the Ontario Hockey League."

"I think people recognize that and want to come down to the games," he said.

Thanks for the reminder. Cant believe hockey season is already here.

Yeah, hoping it is a good game. Apparently our guys cleaned Oshawa's clock in the preseason. the game they played. I really hope this city gets behind the team and starts packing the lower bowl.

My boy and I will be there but Why why why did they have to go with the red white and blue colours… Horrible, they coulda easily kept the Belleville colours

From my understanding, it was very difficult, given the time window of the purchase to get the jersey's redesigned and reordered, so they went with what they had already. From my understanding, Andlauer is on record as saying he was going to have a contest for a color change this season. If that has slipped through the cracks because of the overwhelming support for Black and Gold or the team doesn't want to do a major overhaul of a lot of the offices remains to be seen. Andlauer has always been stand up in my eyes.

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I know I had a concept jersey I'd like to see happen. It's a bit derived from the Cats, but I don't think overly so.

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Those are awesome Hammer :thup:

Agreed! Very nicely done!

just checked ticket master. looks like Hamilton is not supporting OHL either :x

To be fair, even the AHL team generally had a larger walk up crowd and sells mostly flex packs. If not though, that is my city disappointing me. Oh well.

just doing a quick peek at the tickets, id say less than half are bought

and I really thought we'd do better with OHL :roll:

I happened to be passing by First Ontario Centre around 5:00PM tonight and they had Bay Street closed off with a live band playing on stage, some food trucks. Hopefully they got a few more people there to take advantage of the fun closer to game time.

The Ti-Cats had a booth there and I notice that the are one of the sponsors whose logo is on the ice - behind each goal watching part of the game on Cable 14. Good on the Ti-Cats organization for supporting them.

Looks like it is an OK crowd there although by no means is the lower bowl full with the Bulldogs leading 4 - 3 with about 4 minutes left.

That sounded like quite an entertaining game. I didn't think that this team could defeat the defending OHL and Memorial Cup champions, but they did. And I understand that they did well despite losing in London the night before. Hamiltonians may like the sound of that now that they may not be sure how their CFL team will do from here.

The player who was the first star of this one with the game winning goal was Burlington native Stephen Harper. And yes, that's his name: Stephen Harper. Check it out: http://www.hamiltonbulldogs.com/roster/bio/238608

Will this team be supported well? Well, they do have two famous fans. Do you remember how Martin Short made Tom Hanks into a Ticat fan before the 101st Grey Cup game. Well, he also made him into a fan of the Bulldogs, as you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utL1-dV5O3U

Its been years maybe even a decade since i was at a hockey game last. Went last night, it was a blast!

Terribly disappointed in the fans. No where close to a sell out. I dont know why i expected better though...

Attendance. 5700

I am a huge hockey fan but mostly a Leafs fan. I can see that changing now that we have a team to call our own here in Hamilton.

I could never fully get behind the Dogs teams of the past as they were affiliated with the Habs and Oilers prior to that. I will most certainly be spending my disposable hockey income on our hometown team now. The price is great I am able to take my wife and 3 kids for $60 you cant beat that price anywhere.

I was at the game in London Friday night. The entertainment value is great and I can't wait to go again next Sunday.

As a Tiger Cats STH I was extremely happy to see them supporting the Bulldogs with "Hamilton Tiger Cats" on the ice behind both nets. Both teams supporting each other should help.

Let's get out and support OUR Bulldogs Hamiltonians!!!

Actually that's pretty good. If they manage just to simply have the same attendance average as what they had with the AHL, it will still put them in the top group of OHL teams. Belleville had trouble even getting 3000 to a game.

That was 5700 for the first game on a Saturday night for a brand new Hamilton team… If we couldnt sell that out then i dont suspect the same #'s going forward. If London can bring in 9000 we should be able to as well.

On a side note. The seats are nice and cushy by i’ll take the wide seats at THF anyday :oops:

Hopefully we can average close to 5,000 a game as that would likely land us in the Top 5 in the OHL. Here a link to last season's average OHL numbers.

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I agree with whoever earlier posted that it is nice that this is OUR team and not the Habs team. I'll certainly take in a few games - since I've got no excuse living just a couple of blocks away from First Ontario Centre - which is clearly visible in this shot I took from my balcony last night (as are the lights of THF in the distance). I was playing around with my new phone camera settings last night in practice for tonight's Supermoon/Harvest Moon lunar eclipse. :slight_smile:

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Looks like a good night for it too T-Pat!

Gonna need a lot of coffee to keep me up till midnight!

In a perfect world, every game sells out at least the lower bowl of the First Ontario Centre. That's the hope, but lets be honest, it's not that real of one. So instead, lets look at the numbers for the rest of the OHL

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Pretty much, if we can maintain these numbers, we'll be 3rd highest in the OHL, and keeping in mind London and Oshawa both had dominant teams. If the team maintains it's AHL numbers, it will do fine and I see little reason that it can't. Ideally though, I'd like to see Hamilton eclipse the Knights and become the new Kingpin. Certainly the area has the ability to do that.

The only thing that's missing is the support, and I know we can get that up for an OHL team. Keep also in mind, what we may have lost in Marlies and Rochester visitor fans, we have gained in Guelph, Niagara, Mississauga, Kitchener and to lesser extents London and Erie.