Businesses Iced by Lack of NHL Playoffs

Posted April 6, 2007
Updated April 9, 2007

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— The Carolina Hurricanes closed out their season Saturday, and local businesses are as depressed as hockey fans about the lack of postseason play this year.

"The RBC Center provides a lot of the revenue that goes through this building," said Brian Maloney, manager of Damon's Restaurant, located across Trinity Road from the arena.

The Canes run through the playoffs to the Stanley Cup title last year meant a dozen extra games in front of sold-out crowds of frenzied fans, many of whom ate and drank at nearby restaurants like Damon's and picked up plenty of souvenirs.

Damon's is usually packed for Canes' home games, and Maloney said last year's playoffs bumped revenue up by more than 50 percent.

"Last year, we got so spoiled, and this year, we're definitely going to miss it," he said.

The 2006 playoffs helped the Canes turn a profit for the first time since the team moved to North Carolina a decade ago. It also produced record season ticket sales and an increase in average attendance of more than 25 percent.

No post season means a loss in bonus revenue for the team as well.

"The economic impact is substantial," said Dave Olsen, general manager of the RBC Center. "The rest of the season, certainly having 18,000-plus people in here for the playoffs drives some numbers."

Although fans said they were disappointed with the end to this season, many already are looking forward to October, when the Canes begin another season.

"It's amazing what one year, what a difference it makes, so we're looking forward to next year," fan Mike McArdle said.


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  • El Doggo Apr 9, 2007

    All to attempt to justify the spending of my tax dollars for yankee entertainment...

  • El Doggo Apr 9, 2007

    "Show business" - that is why it was arranged for this team to win so soon! By allowing them early picks and easier schedules they can "up the odds" of a winning season or two to really hook the suckers in the area.

  • WXYZ Apr 9, 2007

    Who was it that said: "Well, that's show business". Professional sports is a form of show business. That is, people don't usually choose to spend their entertainment dollars to see "their team" lose.

  • HockeyBowler Apr 9, 2007

    For those who complain about tax dollars going towards the arena: don't go to another concert, NC State game, or take your kids to Disney on Ice. There is a lot more upside in that building than just a good hockey team. Yes, I'm a season ticket holder for the Canes, but I like to go to NC State games and concerts at the arena. Whether you like the team or not, having the arena is a great addition to Raleigh. Next year they will host first round games of the NCAA tourney, without the arena, that would have never happened.

  • Slip Kid Apr 9, 2007

    Hey, folks, keep in mind that professional hockey is A BUSINESS. They failed to meet favorable projections (playoffs) and will therefore miss earnings targets (local economy revenue). But, too bad, we can't expect any business to always perform at or above our expectations.

    I, for one, do not favor the trend of sports franchises holding local governments 'hostage' for public funding of their arenas. I also am greatly disturbed by the trend of most larger businesses holding the state hostage for winning site selections with grossly ridiculous tax breaks. I have no illusions about the BUSINESS of professional sports, so let's keep this in perspective.

    I'm learning to like hockey and enjoy a few canes games each year. I wish them well, but do not want to subsidize their owners and players with tax dollars. They should earn our money by doing well.

  • billengr99 Apr 9, 2007

    El Doggo, do you not have anything constructive to ad to this coversation because you are ignorant of the sport of hockey and its impact on our local economy. Or are you just plain stupid? I wish I knew which it was, but from your comments it is hard to tell.

  • chance Apr 8, 2007

    El Doggo maybe you may consider educating yourself rather than throwing your amateurish, unqualified opinions around. This article would not have even been written if there were not significant economic impact due solely to Canes hockey. I work in one of those industries directly effected. Grow up ... do your research and stop trying to convince others your 'opinion' is fact!

  • kdajldf Apr 8, 2007

    If you really look at the points, you would notice that the Canes only missed a playoff spot by two wins. It's not like they were 5 games behind or 10. The way everyone is talking you would think they didn't have a shot at the playoffs all season.

  • El Doggo Apr 8, 2007

    In nascar or hockey? ha-ha!

  • Irishgreek Apr 8, 2007

    Too many ugly men gathering in one spot..NO THANKS.