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  • don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    How sad. A beautiful new area empty most of the time. A QMJHL team would have worked if there was more cooperation. Glad cry baby Coombs didnt get back. Sore loser.

  • Robert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    I agree with Tell it like it is on all but one point. EVERY former atlantic AHL city, with the exception of Fredricton, NB has a QMJHL team, and have embraced them. There are a couple of points that will never ever change. I don't know what it is with Newfoundlanders that they can't walk more than two feet from their car. If Mile One had parking for 10,000 cars, people would complain because they couldn't park at center ice and have an usher carry them to their seat. As far as ticket prices go, there was a moron here a few wekks ago complaining because tickets for his family of four to a senior hockey game cost him the outrageous price of 22 bucks! As much as I hate to say it. St. John's isn't a hockey town, and we have a lot more years to suffer through before anyone even considers bringing another team here, if at all. Why not just close Mile One completely? Think of all the money we could save then!

  • Tim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    To Gerry Smith and crew.... well if you host free admittance events like the Chuckie and Camilla show is it any wonder you need a grant! I want to see did the taxpayer of St. John's foot the bill for that or did the provincial gov throw in $$$?

  • Saucy Face
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Yes boys, let's pump a ridiculous amount of taxpayer money into a hockey team for Robin Short and 2200 other whiney people and really sink the budget. To hell with hockey.

  • Mark GD
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I remember in his first campaign that Tom Hann siad something had to be done about Mile One.

    Then he got on the Council and the committee overseeing Mile One and these financial losses are OK by him now.

    Utterly useless.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Well now,Mr. Breen,why not be completely honest and tell the good people how much money you lost due to booking the wrong acts,having to pay huge cancellation fees to these artists,when you couldn't sell enough tickets.I'll bet it more than covers the operating shortfall.In short,sell the place to private enterprise,who are in the business of MAKING money,not running around with there hand's out.Government,at any level,should not be in this business.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Having been on the job for all of maybe five weeks, how could Breen possibly be able to say that things are moving in the right direction? It's a pretty sad state of affairs when ONLY needing a bail out of $1.5 million is cause for celebration.

  • Bruce
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Mr. Breen should consider looking at those numbers a little more closely befor he celebrates their success. T

    They lost $150 grand on the convention center and that is considered an improvement? How about closing the doors.

    A hockey arena with no hockey is only surviving as a half-assed theatre. Council's efforts should be directed towards finding a hockey tennant.

  • Telling it like
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    I was 10 years old when the St. John's Maple Leafs first came to St. John's.

    I remember it very well. I was there for the opening night and it was an amazint atmosphere. The fans were electric and the atmosphere was truly amazing.

    However, I think we have to stop kidding ourselves here. The only reason the St. John's Maple Leafs worked back then was because the AHL had NHL farm teams located in the same backyard as us - Atlantic Provinces and East Coast U.S.

    Now, the AHL has branched out further than ever and St. John's is just a distant memory.

    If people are expected the AHL, ECHL or QMJHL to even consider playing here, you better hope that other teams set up shop in the same neighborhood. At the same time, you better hope

    1 - SJSE learn to play nice and not purposefully sabotage a team just because they don't own it ($10,000 a night rent, get real!)

    2 - People don't complain about parking (use the $2 park and ride!, Oh I have to use my car for EVERYTHING!)

    3 - People don't complain about ticket prices ($15 for a ticket - you cheap cheap cheap people!)

    4 - The future hockey club is not expected to pay the travel costs of visiting teams

  • stupid stadium
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    The stadium from the beginning was built in the wrong location.....PERIOD
    As in other big cities stadiums should be built in areas where major roadways are available for easy admittance and departures. The area around the stadium should have large parking lots. This hunk of concrete and steel had neither . With our weather conditions one of the major considerations should of been parking... I have parked down at the waterfront on many occassions and walked in snowy slushy streets and sidewalks to arrive at the stadium soaking wet...now sit down for a couple of hours in wet clothes...NO Thanks !!
    ,,, what should be done???? Suggestion:
    Sell the location to a oil company and they will tear down the stadium and built their highrise in the location... could possible workout some deal to get in addition to top dollar for the stadium and
    get some consessions to build a new multiplex stadium like the 4 plex in Monction... Would be more beneficial then what we have now... just a thought.
    obw... build it up around Kelsey drive area off the major roads and lots of parking... my two cents worth

  • jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Has anyone looked at their events calendar for the past 2 yrs? What a joke, the place is empty 90% of the time. With the exception of Elton John, what milestones have Gerry and his crew accomplished? Cirque de Soleil part 2 was a flop. Rick Springfiled? Art Garfunkel? Embarrassing. And then of course, we have the endless list of cancelled performances such as Lenny Kravitz, Ludakris and Karl Wolff. The only $ SJSE managed to save came from overhauling Mile One's management team. Maybe the real problem should be overhauled (aka. SJSE)

  • Amazed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Sure, it's not to hard to save money on a building only open for events every blue moon. Turn off the lights and turn down the heat when you go out. :)

    Get a hockey team for the friggin' place! WE are not a concert hotspot on any tour managers radar. If we were then a ahockey team wouldn't be needed, but one would think a main tenant ( not screwed over by council) would bring in some cash.

  • Marty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    I have to laugh at all you people who say sell the place to private as if they would do any better. With the exception of a few, there no such thing as PRIVATE enterprise in Newfoundland, because without government grants and purchase they'd never survive. Yeah, The FOG DEVILS .. 'NUFF SAID!

  • don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    How sad. A beautiful new area empty most of the time. A QMJHL team would have worked if there was more cooperation. Glad cry baby Coombs didnt get back. Sore loser.

  • Robert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    I agree with Tell it like it is on all but one point. EVERY former atlantic AHL city, with the exception of Fredricton, NB has a QMJHL team, and have embraced them. There are a couple of points that will never ever change. I don't know what it is with Newfoundlanders that they can't walk more than two feet from their car. If Mile One had parking for 10,000 cars, people would complain because they couldn't park at center ice and have an usher carry them to their seat. As far as ticket prices go, there was a moron here a few wekks ago complaining because tickets for his family of four to a senior hockey game cost him the outrageous price of 22 bucks! As much as I hate to say it. St. John's isn't a hockey town, and we have a lot more years to suffer through before anyone even considers bringing another team here, if at all. Why not just close Mile One completely? Think of all the money we could save then!

  • Tim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    To Gerry Smith and crew.... well if you host free admittance events like the Chuckie and Camilla show is it any wonder you need a grant! I want to see did the taxpayer of St. John's foot the bill for that or did the provincial gov throw in $$$?

  • Saucy Face
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Yes boys, let's pump a ridiculous amount of taxpayer money into a hockey team for Robin Short and 2200 other whiney people and really sink the budget. To hell with hockey.

  • Mark GD
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    I remember in his first campaign that Tom Hann siad something had to be done about Mile One.

    Then he got on the Council and the committee overseeing Mile One and these financial losses are OK by him now.

    Utterly useless.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Well now,Mr. Breen,why not be completely honest and tell the good people how much money you lost due to booking the wrong acts,having to pay huge cancellation fees to these artists,when you couldn't sell enough tickets.I'll bet it more than covers the operating shortfall.In short,sell the place to private enterprise,who are in the business of MAKING money,not running around with there hand's out.Government,at any level,should not be in this business.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Having been on the job for all of maybe five weeks, how could Breen possibly be able to say that things are moving in the right direction? It's a pretty sad state of affairs when ONLY needing a bail out of $1.5 million is cause for celebration.

  • Bruce
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Mr. Breen should consider looking at those numbers a little more closely befor he celebrates their success. T

    They lost $150 grand on the convention center and that is considered an improvement? How about closing the doors.

    A hockey arena with no hockey is only surviving as a half-assed theatre. Council's efforts should be directed towards finding a hockey tennant.

  • Telling it like
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    I was 10 years old when the St. John's Maple Leafs first came to St. John's.

    I remember it very well. I was there for the opening night and it was an amazint atmosphere. The fans were electric and the atmosphere was truly amazing.

    However, I think we have to stop kidding ourselves here. The only reason the St. John's Maple Leafs worked back then was because the AHL had NHL farm teams located in the same backyard as us - Atlantic Provinces and East Coast U.S.

    Now, the AHL has branched out further than ever and St. John's is just a distant memory.

    If people are expected the AHL, ECHL or QMJHL to even consider playing here, you better hope that other teams set up shop in the same neighborhood. At the same time, you better hope

    1 - SJSE learn to play nice and not purposefully sabotage a team just because they don't own it ($10,000 a night rent, get real!)

    2 - People don't complain about parking (use the $2 park and ride!, Oh I have to use my car for EVERYTHING!)

    3 - People don't complain about ticket prices ($15 for a ticket - you cheap cheap cheap people!)

    4 - The future hockey club is not expected to pay the travel costs of visiting teams

  • stupid stadium
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    The stadium from the beginning was built in the wrong location.....PERIOD
    As in other big cities stadiums should be built in areas where major roadways are available for easy admittance and departures. The area around the stadium should have large parking lots. This hunk of concrete and steel had neither . With our weather conditions one of the major considerations should of been parking... I have parked down at the waterfront on many occassions and walked in snowy slushy streets and sidewalks to arrive at the stadium soaking wet...now sit down for a couple of hours in wet clothes...NO Thanks !!
    ,,, what should be done???? Suggestion:
    Sell the location to a oil company and they will tear down the stadium and built their highrise in the location... could possible workout some deal to get in addition to top dollar for the stadium and
    get some consessions to build a new multiplex stadium like the 4 plex in Monction... Would be more beneficial then what we have now... just a thought.
    obw... build it up around Kelsey drive area off the major roads and lots of parking... my two cents worth

  • jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Has anyone looked at their events calendar for the past 2 yrs? What a joke, the place is empty 90% of the time. With the exception of Elton John, what milestones have Gerry and his crew accomplished? Cirque de Soleil part 2 was a flop. Rick Springfiled? Art Garfunkel? Embarrassing. And then of course, we have the endless list of cancelled performances such as Lenny Kravitz, Ludakris and Karl Wolff. The only $ SJSE managed to save came from overhauling Mile One's management team. Maybe the real problem should be overhauled (aka. SJSE)

  • Amazed
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Sure, it's not to hard to save money on a building only open for events every blue moon. Turn off the lights and turn down the heat when you go out. :)

    Get a hockey team for the friggin' place! WE are not a concert hotspot on any tour managers radar. If we were then a ahockey team wouldn't be needed, but one would think a main tenant ( not screwed over by council) would bring in some cash.

  • Marty
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    I have to laugh at all you people who say sell the place to private as if they would do any better. With the exception of a few, there no such thing as PRIVATE enterprise in Newfoundland, because without government grants and purchase they'd never survive. Yeah, The FOG DEVILS .. 'NUFF SAID!