Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Free Popcorn and the Preds

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2005 at 7:48 AM

David Climer, who's always kind of grumpy (not that there's anything wrong with that), says that the Nashville Predators are going to have to do a lot more than offer free popcorn and dollar hot dogs to win over Nashvillians. Their biggest problem, he says, is not angry hockey fans. It's the plain old apathy among everyone else.

He's certainly right about the apathy part, but I do think they're making some kind of effort to win back fans, and I think that the place to start is in fact with the angry hockey fans and semi-fans. They're the most likely people to go. Get them first and maybe there will be enough energy and excitement (especially if the Titans are only so-so this year) to get even more butts in seats at the arena (I've always called it the arena, and probably always will). But I'm sure there's more they could do, so let's pretend to be Craig Leipold for a moment and come up with ideas. What would you do? It would also be useful if you identify to what category you belong: 1) I couldn't care less about the Preds; 2) I care a little but have never been to a game; 3) I have been to a handful of games; 4) I have been to a bunch of games; or 5) Now that the Star Wars saga is complete, the Nashville Predators are my only remaining reason for living. (I'm in category 4.)

One simple half-assed idea I had: just plain give away tickets for a few opening games. Of course, that's easy for me to say, because it won't cost me anything. But I think it would be worth a try. Their product is a good one. It's getting people to discover it that's the issue.

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