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Could NHL Increase Revenues By Upping Outdoor Games?

October 25, 2020, 1:26 PM ET [28 Comments]
With the missing revenue that is sure to hinder the NHL this season, one of the few ways to get fans into the seats could be ramping up the Outdoor Schedule to include games in every city, starting in the southern cities and moving to the Northern cities in the spring. The NHL could invest in more “outdoor setups” and then essentially set up in a City for two weeks and have the home team play 7-8 games in that span. Depending on the state of the virus tickets could be socially distanced like they are now in baseball and football. Large pro football stadiums that seat 60-70K are mainly dark from February on, and therefore a team could take it over essentially.

If the teams can sell 20,000 to 60,000 tickets per those 8 games that would generate a whole lot more revenue than playing in empty arenas for the entire season. Those sales, along with the TV revenue, would likely be enough for NHL teams to survive this last season prior to society being saturated by a Vaccine.

Hockey fans would know for those two weeks they would have to get their fix of live hockey. I don’t foresee a problem selling those seats, but even if they don’t all sell it still beats the empty arenas.

And the more “outdoor setups” the NHL were to purchase the more efficient this could become moving forward to the point where all teams could hav more outdoor games in the future.

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