Steve Duffy's Sports Comment For Thursday, January 5th, 2017
I think we're seeing some of the best hockey of the year, at the World Junior championships now on in Montreal. Yesterday's two semi-finals were outstanding. First, the Americans persevered with a 4-3 shootout win over Russia. Then the Canadians brought their 'A' game, and went on to beat Sweden 5-2.
But it was a shaky start for our guys. They gave up two goals on the first three shots, and pulled goalie Connor Ingram for Carter Hart. Hart then stoned the Swedes, stopping all 28 shots he faced.
But the thing many are talking about, are the empty seats at the Bell Centre. People are asking, how can they NOT fill the place for a World Junior semi-final game invoilving Canada?
I'll tell you why. The tickets are priced way too high. People are tired of being ripped off, especially when you can watch it for free on TV.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing like 'being there.' But these days, it's a matter of economics. Everything costs more, especially staples like food, so people will clamp down on what they spend on so-called extra curricular activitites, like attending sports events.
If that's the case, I hope the tournament organizers sit down, and take a look at this. It's very simple. People don't like being ripped off, even if it IS the semi-final of a World Junior championship.
Take today. Tickets for the bronze medal game between Sweden and Russia start at ten dollars. But tickets for the Canada-US gold medal game start at just over a hundred!!
I hope the organizers get it right before the championships come to Victoria and Vancouver in 2019.
If not, there will be more empty seats!
That's my Sports Comment. I'm Steve Duffy.