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Phantoms season ticket sales lagging

2013-04-03T01:15:00Z Phantoms season ticket sales laggingBy MAURY THOMPSON -- thompson@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star

GLENS FALLS -- Season ticket sales for the Adirondack Phantoms’ 2013-14 season are lagging significantly amid uncertainty for the future of hockey in Glens Falls.

“I think we’re at 35 percent overall of where we were at this time last year,” said Chris Porreca, the team’s executive vice president.

Porreca expects sales to pick up now that it is all but certain the American Hockey League team will remain at the Glens Falls Civic Center next season.

“I’ve had four or five come in this morning with renewals,” Porreca said Tuesday.

In January, the city and the Phantoms announced an agreement to keep the team in Glens Falls for the 2013-14 season, with a provision that allows the city to continue recruiting a permanent hockey tenant.

The owners said they would relinquish their option and play elsewhere next season if the city recruited another hockey team before April 1.

That deadline has passed, but under the agreement, the team has until May 1 to formally exercise its option to return, Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond said Tuesday.

“It looks like they’re with us for another year,” he said.

The Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, are expected to move to a new arena being built in Allentown, Pa., for the 2014-15 season.

Porreca said the team intends to exercise its option to remain in Glens Falls for next season, and just needs to do the paperwork.

“Our intention, still, is to come back,” he said.

Porreca said the management hopes to boost season ticket sales by promoting “milestones” in local hockey — the fifth season the Phantoms have played at the Civic Center, and 25 non-consecutive seasons that AHL teams have played at the city-owned arena.

The management is designing a commemorative logo to use next season.

“It’s always nice to have one of those milestones. And we have two of them,” he said.

Porreca said he expects season ticket sales will pick up at the seven remaining home games this season, including at 7 p.m. Friday against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and at 7 p.m. Saturday against Rochester.

In February, Diamond said he had telephone conversations with representatives of two teams that were considering relocating for the 2013-14 season.

He later identified one of the teams as the Connecticut Whale, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, after owners of the Whale reached an agreement to remain in Hartford.

Diamond has not identified the other team.

He said Tuesday there does not appear to be any interest from other teams to relocate next season, but officials will continue their recruitment efforts, in hopes of recruiting a new AHL team for the 2014-15 season.

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  1. Jonny
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    Jonny - April 07, 2013 9:54 pm
    I would suggest an inquiry of the discussions between the mayor and the two AHL teams that WERE very interested in coming here. My understanding was that either team would have addressed the current shortfalls that are the justification of closing the GFCC! I am interested in knowing why they were turned down by the city.
  2. signals75
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    signals75 - April 05, 2013 10:57 am
    Has anyone thought that maybe its the overall product (hockey) that is in decline? Everyone keeps bringing up the Red Wings, but that was in the 80s, when hockey in general was at an all time high. Even the NHL is nowhere near as popular as it was then. So why would small time hockey be immune to that?
  3. smpotter
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    smpotter - April 04, 2013 8:53 am
    Wow! That's just great! The Brook's also own an ECHL team and with the mayor on board would love to stick it in GF. Well, you can have it, I won't set foot in the building to watch it. Its time for serious hockey fans to support the Albany Devils now that the mayor has made it clear he has no interest or ability to actively pursue another AHL team. Poor mayor Jack- he made a few calls and nobody called back! What a joke!
  4. KeepNumber3
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    KeepNumber3 - April 03, 2013 11:17 pm
    I'm expecting an ECHL team to jump into the opportunity to play here. The team would be a perfect add into the Eastern division to give it 5 teams, all within a reasonable driving distance. Not as nice as current divisional teams, but not too bad. Also it would allow the Rangers affiliate to switch to a closer location to both Connecticut and New York. While it isn't AHL hockey, ECHL hockey is a lot better than what we had before the Phantoms, also it should be a little cheaper to run.
  5. smpotter
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    smpotter - April 03, 2013 8:32 pm
    Why don't you( Post Star) ask the Phantoms management why people should buy season's tickets for a team that is leaving? While you are at it, ask the mayor the same question. Also, ask him to level with the fans about the prospects of Glens Falls securing another AHL team for the 2014-2015 season. Time to play hardball with these jokers.
  6. VileWeed
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    VileWeed - April 03, 2013 4:52 pm
    The Flyers organization does not want to be here. The Brooks Brothers do not want to be here. The Mayor has made minimal effort (if any) to get a new AHL team here, no matter what he's quoted as saying. I believe the term is "three strikes and you're out."

    Without going into detail about anything, the fact that Abbotsford did not end up moving to Glens Falls is an absolute joke. The team practically begged to come here and then had to settle on Utica when we did not provide an answer.

    Curious if there are odds out there that an ECHL team occupies the GFCC after next season. Even more curious to see if that ECHL team is owned by the Brooks Brothers......


    Just sayin'

  7. tower6228
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    tower6228 - April 03, 2013 3:52 pm
    I'm a season ticket holder and I plan to renew because I love the game and want to support the players. Why should it matter if their here permanently or really whether they always win. The only reason I have delayed renewing is that I truly believe Terry Murray is a bad coach and the guy that hired him, Paul Holmgren is a bad general manager. Murray has coached the Phantoms, who some thought were one of the 4 most talented teams at the start of the season, to the very bottom of the league. I also think he's a mean man who scapegoats the players. Instead of teaching and developing, he punishes much like his associate Mr. Laviolette. Does anyone remember his sterling encouragement "Win for me or GTFO". I hope Murray gets another job this summer any place but here. I'm gong to support the Phantoms players but it would be much easier if Terry Murray was not their coach.
  8. Zeke Mowatt
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    Zeke Mowatt - April 03, 2013 12:14 pm
    Why is this article news? You are not going to get a lot of season tickets renewed when prices are high, the team is poor at best, and they are lame duck status. This is all a ploy by the city and Phantoms so instead of them taking the blame for us not getting another team they will instead blame the fans because we did not shell out money for season tickets 2013-2014.
  9. kingsbury
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    kingsbury - April 03, 2013 10:34 am
    Maybe they'll pull the plug on Glens Falls hockey much sooner than later?
  10. CMNSense
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    CMNSense - April 03, 2013 7:57 am
    Does anyone know exactly what has gone on behind he scenes to actively get another team that wants to play in town? How much effort has really been put into this to pursue another team? This should be near the top of the priority list to assure that hockey will thrive in town again just like the days of 5,000-6,000 fans at the Wings games. You have an area filled will hockey fans and local businesses ready to reap the rewards....Bring us a long-term team that wants to play in Glens Falls!!!!
  11. smpotter
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    smpotter - April 03, 2013 7:56 am
    Surprise, surprise! The team can't wait to leave and personally I can't wait for them to leave. They stink and have stunk for 4 years. The Flyers are an inept organization as well. The mayor has done an awful job trying to attract another team. He dropped the ball on Abbotsford and Hartford and who knows how many other teams because he put all his eggs in the Brooks Brothers basket. Unless a miracle happens and we get a new team next year, the CC will be half empty on most nights. I blame the Brooks Brothers and the mayor. The fans have done their job.
  12. Budcue
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    Budcue - April 03, 2013 6:54 am
    Could it be because they're perennially the worst team in the AHL since they've moved here? Or is it the fact the brooks brothers don't give a damn about spending any money on the team while they're in their interim location? Either way I will still renew...
  13. racinguy82368
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    racinguy82368 - April 03, 2013 6:08 am
    Shocking!! If the team doesn't wanna be here then why in gods name would anyone support them? Goodbye phantoms , hello hopefully new team!

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