In reference to the discussion whether the arena should have been 10,000 seats in Rock Bay along the waterfront:
If the best case scenario is 7,000 a game then the present arrangement is perfect.
Farm team agreements are usually less than ten years--over a dozen teams so far have been Canucks farm teams over the years so that partnership can give a temporary boost but it's not sustainable. Gordie Howe could come out of retirement and score 50 goals a season and you couldn't fill a stadium that size in Victoria. People always say if this team or that team or that league or this league came to town people will come but they never do, never have, never will.
Farm team arrangements are like that when they don't have the same owners. The Aquilinis now own the farm team. The Comets will be the Canucks farm team permanently. The only question is where they will be located - I doubt it is still in Utica in 10 years. The AHL is slowly expanding west - Abbotsford failed but will move from Glen Falls to Stockton, San Diego is starting up next year. Oilers team will be in Bakersfield. Other cities I can think of that would be ideal are Portland and Victoria. (edit - actually, Portland has a team, just the wrong Portland)
Both Winnipeg and Vancouver likely want to follow suit and move their teams west.
The Royals are average 4700 per game. Remember than an average of 7000 per game out of 10000 would have some games at capacity and some at 5k. Playoffs would certainly be at capacity.
I agree, just moving any AHL team here won't work. Only the Comets would do the trick.
Edited by lanforod, 09 March 2015 - 11:39 AM.