There has been a lot of talk about empty seats at the Brandt Centre during the Mastercard Memorial Cup, but the host committee says they are fine with the numbers and the way the week has gone both on and off the ice.
Mastercard Memorial Cup host committee chair Shaun Semple said despite what you may have seen whether in person or on TV, many of the seats are spoken for.
“We knew during the week that there would be some non-sellout games. But at the moment 91 per cent of the tickets have been sold. Sure we’d like for it to be 100 per cent, but we’re happy with how it’s going.”
Semple also expected crowds to pick up in the final stages of the event. The building was sold-out Wednesday night and he thinks it could be that way for Friday’s semi-final and Sunday’s final especially if the host team is playing.
He said the bid committee knew right from the beginning this would likely be a money-losing venture, but that didn’t stop them from wanting to bring the 100th Memorial Cup to Regina for the 100th anniversary season.
“We knew we were bidding against the newer, bigger arenas. This being the 100th one, we knew it was going to be a tough go. So we made the bid of $3,000,000 plus other expenses. There was no way we’d make it in the black, but we didn’t care and we’re willing to make that investment.”
For the Pats to get to that final, they need to beat the OHL champions The Hamilton Bulldogs Friday night in an 8 o’clock start.