A final pitch to the Canucks organization on the away game plan
So far there has been no news from the managers of the Rogers Arena complex on how they plan to roll out the seats for away games. On Wednesday, we were thrilled to hear that the organization was listening to the growing chorus of voices who asked for a family-oriented indoor venue to watch the Canucks during the Championship run.
I'd like to make one final pitch to the team owners to keep the cost for the away events low, and to favour those folks who might not normally be raging on the streets downtown after a Canucks game - parents, kids and seniors.
Let's face it, if you're a young person there have been ample opportunities for you to become engaged in Canucks festivities downtown. Whether it is the ample bars and restaurants, or even the outdoor venue set up on Hamilton Street, twenty & thirty-somethings have packed the streets during celebrations.
The Canucks' game schedule shows there is a minimum of two, maximum three away games - Monday June 6, Wednesday June 8 and Monday June 13. All games start at 5pm, and despite the dreary weather of late the daylight doesn't end until after 9pm next month. It's a little less anxiety-inducing for parents with kids in tow knowing there will be post-game daylight.
Why so much emphasis on families? I continue to argue that it was the mixed crowds which had some of the civilizing effect on Olympic celebrations. I think the presence of younger and older people really makes a difference, especially when you know the crowds downtown will be particularly boisterous.
There are other arguments for emphasizing families at the indoor away games of course, but the Olympics example is to me the most obvious.
In the end I hope that tickets for the away events are extremely affordable (although I expect scalpers will find a way to ruin that for some of us), and families are favoured in the way they are distributed.
- Post by Mike Klassen. Mike is a city council candidate for the Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA). If you're an elected official or candidate seeking a nomination and want to write about urban issues, please send your 450-500 word submission to CityCaucus@gmail.com.