Without taking this to a racial route, but there are a TONNE of people who ive met in the States that believe that is why Atlanta doesnt support the auto racing, baseball, hockey etc. I dont follow Basketball, do they sell out their games?
I don't think it's racial, just a matter of fact. That certain groups like certain things. There's nothing wrong with that. Lubbock, Tx is probably 85% hispanic and they could care less for nascar but they sure love them cowboys.
There's also a difference in age groups. Baseball seems to be struggling with the young but the older folks love it.
Personally, if I were the owner of the atlanta track I'd tear it up and build another bristol/richmond type of short track. Better to do that NOW than to let it continue to die slowly. HOWEVER, the switching of the dates next year could be great. (Heck, just about anything's better than that california track)
In New York while we all all there on the stick and ball sorts, the fanbase for metropolitan, urban and Long Island is growing pretty rapidly. I see alot more Blacks, Latino, and its getting the attention for the Asain community as well. Most of them are really into the modded up, nossed up, tricked out cars and I am seeing our numbers on the machines.
hey we had more peeps than usual last night. LOL. I see alot of empty seats at alot of NHL games this year too even at The house Messier cries like a baby at and Brodeur Palace. I also see a heck of alot of emptys at races too.
Broduer stadium has always been empty. Detroit is suffering big time, Nashville, Atlanta, Phoenix are all NHL markets that are going to hell quickly. THe only markets that are thriving are the canadian markets, I believe every canadian team sells out every game, or at least has this year.
We have a brand new arena here in KC and they have been lobbying like hell to get either an NBA or NHL franchise here, but its just not going to sell. We couldn't even keep lower-tier hockey and "professional" basketball teams here, so my guess is, they are really going to have to work a lot harder! There is an AFL team there, but ticket sales are iffy most times.
I love going to hockey games, my husband is a die hard Ranger Fan (alot of tension on hockey nights), and I think the energy, the spirit and the amount of fun we have at games be it either team's arena. I love going into the city so going to the garden is not so bad. Hockey rules!