I don't think I've seen this specific topic pop up, if so let me know and I will merge with the appropriate thread.
I was thinking about how I would want the stadium to look as far as layout goes and I came up with something that I think I would enjoy:
Personally I think the stadiums seam 'bush' league when the show a field goal and it heads toward a score board circa 1990 or a parking lot. Meaning empty endzones; tell me it doesn't look cool seeing the Lambeau leap. However, I also think that a stadium needs to have the future in mind. So my thought is to have stages to construction. I am going to make some assumptions and I could be out to lunch here but I will assume the following:
- The Ti-cats can sustain themselves with 25k seats priced appropriately based on demand. Sorry no freebies or $10 end zones.
- I assume that at an initial 25k seats demand will be high in the 1st 2 years regardless of on field product due to the new and shiny stadium we capitalist societies love. Dare I predict that they will sell out at 25k seats and either sustain or turn a small profit? I think so, however, ticket prices would increase. See Montreal, Seasons starting at $29/game not $12.50.
- I assume that after years of sellouts expansion of the stadium would be a prudent move. Either in one or two steps add 7500 seats to both end zones.
- I assume, based on Calgary, that at 40k + perhaps another 5k tucked in they could suitably host a Grey Cup
So I think that in the first 3-5 years with a 25k capacity the stadium will sellout consistently. Now although I hate to have the empty end zones, and lets face it they look horrible on tv ( Winnipeg: why is the player running towards the parking lot?) It would be necessary from the standpoint of eventually getting enough capacity. My thinking is it is easier to put the initial seats between the end zones and expand to the end zones afterwards then it is to build onto existing seats in between end zones.
I would also like a bar with a view of the field. I think that would be pretty awesome, I'm thinking like the bars at the sky Dome.
I tihnk this would seem favorable to the Ticats, if they could ever get to the point of sellouts of 40k at an avg price of $29/ticket excluding box seats and concessions they would get $10.4 mill a year revenue from ticket sales.
Ok now rip my idea apart and improve on it
Also, has a design been chosen?
Edit: This is also assuming they can find a location that they agree with AND that the PanAm commitee doesn't get fed up and gives this stadium to Burlington or somewhere else....