I really enjoyed this article from Puck Money on why the Phoenix Coyotes can't put asses in the seats. Very comprehensive. After going to a Sharks-Yotes game in Glendale a couple of years ago, I can confirm some of the writer's theories:
- The stadium is in the middle of fucking nowhere. Imagine driving to Gilroy to watch the Sharks. There you go.
- Once you actually get there, Jobing.com Arena is actually really nice. It's part of one of those "Maybe if we build stores and restaurants and activities here people will buy our crappy property" developments. You know, like this one. The Arena is built into the ground and is generally a modern, nice looking sports facility. That said, maybe "jobing" isn't the phrase you want associated with your local sports team.
- Did I mention the stadium is a huge pain in the ass to get to? Here's a mystery for you - Central Arizona is laid out like a giant grid; just parallel and perpendicular streets. How the fuck is there so much traffic? There's no reason to slow down! Just go straight until you need to make a 90 degree turn! Don't go to Coyotes game unless you're prepared to stare at sand and tail lights for 60 minutes.
- Sand and tail lights might be the peak of the experience for Coyote fans because let's be honest - the on-ice product has been absolute garbage for quite a while now. The Coyotes haven't made the playoffs since 2002. The franchise hasn't won a playoff series since 1987, 10 years before they even moved to the desert.