Thursday, July 8, 2010

SK: Sell-Outs a Sign?

SK: Sell-Outs a Sign | Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Actually Colin, the SK sellouts AREN'T a sign at all.

On page 3 of the report, Hopson notes: “Our on-field success helped lead us to another record breaking year on the business side of the club. A regular season attendance record was established in 2009 after averaging 30,717 fans per game.”
He's saying that the stadium has helped to boost attendance, but if that's the case, then where were all these people in the 80s and 90s?

No, this is a case where the on-field product has entirely fueled attendance, and has highlighted the problems with the current stadium design flaws. Sure it may cost $6 million to "repair" the existing stadium to allow it to be serviceable for another 10 years, but this is a faulty comparison.

The real comparison is how the cost to upgrade the stadium to "shorten the bathroom lines" among other things would compare to the cost to build a facility which incorporates those concerns into the design in addition to providing a year round facility which can be used to attract or develop large shows and additional entertainment options.

I don't agree that NO government money should go into constructing such a facility, but there should be enough government dollars to ensure that it can be built.

1 comment:

  1. Not being from Regina, I can safely say that a new stadium indeed need not have government money poured into it. Good post!