Vancouver added new seats this Off Season
Vancouver added new seats this Off Season

There was no big announcement, no media conference and no advertising. The Vancouver Canadians added 2000 seats to Nat Bailey Stadium and didn’t really mention much of it except for a little mention on the website where people can buy tickets. In a news conference where GM Dan Courcelles was answering questions regarding the teams great start at 10-4, a reporter asked why they didn’t advertise the addition of seats. Dan replied “We thought it would be better for people to focus on the team and new acquisitions. Yes it benefits our fans but we knew that we filled the stadium for most of last year, so filling in another 2000 seats shouldn’t be hard. We already filled our stadium to near capacity this season and those 2000 extra seats are being filled.”

Definitely interesting that nobody really noticed or bothered to ask about it until 14 games into the season. The GM asked why nobody brought it up before and he answered with “Good. People are focused on the team and not about the stadium or superficial extras.” The Canadians have never had a problem filling their seats since they came into the league last year. If they keep winning and preforming well, it definitely won’t be an issue to maintain it. Dan did say that he was happy to add the 2000 seats so that more fans can experience games, and the majority are lower cost because they were added at the ends of the stadium, therefore it also helps lower income families come to the ballpark which is what the GM likes to have. Everyone should have the opportunity to come watch. He also added that the added revenue will help improve the team on the field and therefore the quality of games for fans. Tune in for our next article that will be coming soon on how the season has worked out so far and what we expect it to look like at the end.


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  • Tim Imasa, February 2, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

    Are you planning on maxing out your seats, Dan? I’m planning to add some seats next year.

    • David Jones, February 5, 2015 @ 6:16 am

      So is it fair to assume that the CBL will “never” unlock the ticket prices? And adding seats, eventually to the max, will be the way to increase revenue in future?

      And once (if it ever happens) everyone is at 56,000 :-)???

    • David Jones, February 5, 2015 @ 6:32 am

      And, can you add seats at any time at all? As in, right now, mid-season?

      It would appear there is nothing in the Constitution preventing that but should it not be done in the off-season, at some point, so the construction does not impact the fans attending games during the season?

      • Tim Imasa, February 5, 2015 @ 11:22 am

        Not in constitution yet, but it has be be done before the season starts. 🙂

    • David Jones, February 5, 2015 @ 6:36 am

      Just asking because it would appear the “sardines” in Calgary are getting a little restless…
      And more “sardines” are being turned away each game and want to pack themselves into the container!

      Doh… Should have renamed my new ballpark “The Calgary Sardine Can”!!!
      Even though there’s not a living sardine within 1,000 kilometers of Calgary.

  • Dan Courcelles, February 2, 2015 @ 1:38 pm

    Yeah I’m planning on adding as many seats as I can. Gotta get that revenue up more!

  • Dan Courcelles, February 9, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

    The Sardine Can 😛 wow David lol creative name though!

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