Winnipeg getting a semi-pro WHL junior team next season with word the already Winnipeg-owned Kootenay Ice are set to move to Winnipeg.
How does that effect the Bombers?
Bombers will say they welcome the new team - but the sad reality is there’s only so much sports entertainment dollars to go round.
The WHL franchise will be building a unique complex around their WHL franchise - capacity of 4,000 or thereabouts.
With that - the city of barely 800,000 (really 480,000 if you subtract the indigent, the welfare rats, criminals, floozies, rubs, meth addicts, seniors over 90, super cheaps, etc.)
Winnipeg is a big Regina or Saskatoon - without the sticky green attitude btw.
New pro soccer team, too - this one housed by the Bombers and trying to give concessionaires a few more dates to market their wares. Wouldn’t expect the soccer to grab more than 1,000 to 1,200 a game - could be wrong - after the first couple outings draw 3,000 to 4,000 look-e-lous at cavernous IGF Stadium
WHL has 36 home games plus playoffs plus exhibitions - tickets aren’t 10 bucks like they used to. . . . now junior hockey is semi-pro - - - expect tix to go anywhere from $20 to $50 a bum, lots of boxes and special event tours to boot.
Jets play 42 home plus playoffs, AHL plays 40 + playoffs (more expensive than junior) plus MJHL hockey (50% family/friends + 50% look-e-lous), local university hockey, local bantam and major junior (mostly friends & families)
People’s pocketbooks only go so far - unless you’re a lazy cop making $125,000 with overtime or an overpaid city worker inhaling $95k to $120kand have your family visiting foodbanks to save money for sports tickets.
Its bound to hurt the Bombers. Not by much but every dollar, every fan counts. Maybe hurts them by 1 to 3% decline in season tickets - but moreso damages and already weak walk-up (mostly due to poor facility location and horrid parking arrangements)
In any event the Bombers are the only sports franchise in Winnipeg thats fully government subsidized so the damages aren’t killer cuz there’s always a buffer. Plus,bombers aren’t famous for their accurate financial accountability anyways!