Losing the NHL Draft Lottery over the weekend took what little wind was left in the Vancouver Canucks’ sails, and it seems to have also sucked the air out of efforts to make the club more marketable for ticket sales.
That’s the sentiment of Kingsley Bailey at Vancouver Ticket and Tour Service, who says last season he was taking 30 per cent cuts to get tickets off his hands.
“I tell people that I was paying people to go to the game, but when you’re paying $100 for a ticket and selling them for $70 it’s a haircut, and I was just happy that people were actually wanting to go to the hockey games.”
Bailey says while it’s been bad for the bottom line, it’s at least been good for prospective fans so long as they’re not the type to fixate on the score board.
“I’m definitely riding out the storm. I know the marketplace is not really beneficial as a ticket broker, especially when it comes to selling Canucks tickets. What I can say, what’s really good for the marketplace is if you are a fan or [have] gone to few Canucks games, deals are to be had right now.”
Bailey says his company is the last one with a physical office offering ticket services, with other vendors closing up shop or downsizing to a home business.
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He says had it not been for branching out to Seattle and Portland, his business would’ve been in much bigger trouble.
“It’s definitely difficult, definitely tough, but we’ve looked at the Pacific Northwest as our backyard since the beginning and kind of encompassed and included Seattle and Portland events so we’re riding it out a little bit easier.”
But with the team looking to be another basement dweller next year and the Canucks accounting for 40 per cent of his business, Bailey says times are tough when you’re in his line work.