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Forum: NHL6 sept. à 13 h 39 Forum: NHL6 sept. à 12 h 53 <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>mondo</b></div><div>Halifax couldn't support an NHL team because it doesn't have the population.
Major teams need a suitable population in order to draw people from; I personally find metropolitan areas the best way to measure this because it accounts for suburbs and commuter towns. Halifax's metro area has a population of 465,703. Winnipeg, by comparison has a metro area of 834,678. That's an 80% difference between the two cities. Winnipeg is already on the low end of NHL markets, having a population roughly comparable to a place like Columbia, SC or Dayton, OH, but the fact it's the only major team in the area and the overwhelming popularity of hockey in Canada allows it to generate revenue. Halifax would also have these advantages, but it's a tougher sell because that's about 370k less people you have to fill the arena.
Put another way - it everyone in Winnipeg were to go to one NHL home game only at the Canada Life Centre, there would be enough people in the city to attend 54 games. Move the Canada Life Centre to Halifax, and there's enough people to attend 30 games. Sure, that would go up if you used to Scotiabank Centre's seat numbers but you have to remember it's a 10k seater built in the 70s. Unfortunately an expansion team wouldn't get the same pass as Arizona is getting so a larger arena would be mandatory.
EDIT: FWIW I wouldn't hate a team in Halifax personally, but it's a very tough sell.</div></div>
Completely agree. The problem with adding more canadian teams is population density. A team in pittsburgh, per se, can draw fans from millions of people within a couple hours drive. A team in halifax has a couple million in the whole PROVINCE. Population denisty plays a huge role in why there are more teams in the states.
Though a city like halifax on it's own can support a team maybe, theres no opportunity for fanbase growth because its hours away from any other major city. If I put a team almost anywhere in the states, youve got major cities and millions of people within a small radius.
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