When the Wild hit the ice, will the fans fill the stands?

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA and JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2013 - 5:57 AM

Some fans say they have moved on for this season, but for others, half a season is still better than none.

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katewdJan. 6, 13 9:59 PM

Hey Wild and players why not have 3 players go to each close resteraunt and bar to eat and drink with their fans for one night. At least those places would get one games revenue back.

brightonjimJan. 6, 1311:17 PM

I don't understand why fans wouldn't come back. Seems silly to me to think that a fan would boycott something they enjoy when they are really nothing more than observers. It's professional hockey, not life or death. The NHL was gone, I found other things to do, just like I do in the off-season. Their issues are settled, so I'll go back and support the team. For businesses that depend on the Wild, I can accept a little frustration. For everyone else, though, it's simply a matter of keeping professional sports in the proper persepctive.

asmithe2Jan. 6, 1311:29 PM

I'm a former season ticket holder and rabid fan. While I dropped my season tickets when the economy bottomed out several years ago, I still generally hit a dozen or so games a year. This year I will not. For the 50 game sprint, I'll be making my point by watching from my couch. I can't stomach the idea of giving either side any of my money this year. Maybe if they start on time next year, I'll come back to the arena. MAYBE.

wisstinks4Jan. 6, 1311:45 PM

Nope. the only pro sport that consistently hoses the fans, the NHL. The National HoldUp League. they hold up the fans every 5 yrs. Why should fans flock back when we can trust you to keep playing the normal 80 game schedule without stoppages. NHL mucky-mucks should have solved this puzzle last summer. But no, they stick it to the fan. I'm not going back for a while. Sorry, you lost me on this one. I had to watch Euro trash soccer because there was no hockey. I'm mad at the NHL.

bdubssJan. 7, 1312:38 AM

Idea......at the first home game fans do their own lockout, don't go to your seats until AFTER intros, lineups, anthem, etc., wait 10 minutes, hang out in the concourse then at the 10 minute mark go to your seats. How fun would that be to have an empty arena for the players to play in, owners to see, even for 10 minutes. I know the players and owners couldn't give a damn but boy at least make us fans feel like we have a point too! What a joke. This should've been done months ago, selfish, egotistical folks on both sides!

vikings1Jan. 7, 13 5:43 AM

With an increase in the Payroll Tax this year it'll be hard to find the disposable income that was available in other years to go to Wild games.

MN's loneliest REPJan. 7, 13 6:08 AM

NHL...really, they still have a league?? Uniforms and everything ? Sorry...."NHL....who cares"

OglethorpeJan. 7, 13 6:50 AM

I wish there was a good way to make a point to the players without negatively effecting the Wild. I've been firmly on the owners side since the NHLPA refused to start negotiating early last season. The League was ready to start working a year ago, but the players waited for the old CBA to expire so they could drag it out and use it as leverage. Now watch how soon Fehr quits the PA. He was just a temporary hired gun whose only job was to soak the owners for all he could.

franknjackJan. 7, 13 7:01 AM

vikings1--Yeah, I'm sure that 2% restoration oft he payroll tax really took away all of your disposable income. What a joke.

minneg56Jan. 7, 13 7:21 AM

I have been a fan since the Original 6. I saw the Western expansion to the teams of '67. I suffered the kick between the front pockets when the league allowed the N's to move. Labor unrest - no hockey 2 times in what - 8 years? No, I'm not a season ticket holder. If everyone who claims to have held season tickets actually had them- the X would have to have about 40,000 seats! I'm the schnook who sees about 7 -8 games a year. Goes to dinner before the game etc. So they won't miss my money anyway. They don't care as long as they get theirs. This sport at the pro level needs to get the every day fan back on board. Not the corporate season ticket holder who will see a return on investment from bringing clients to the game and write it off. It will be years before this fan ever considers returning and spending another dime. What a cluster.


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