Monday, January 26, 2015

Ignoring The White Elephant On Skates

Despite well over a dozen articles in the News & Record meant to pitch the 2015 US Figure Skating Championship held in Greensboro this year the N&R is now reporting attendance is down-- a lot:

"The bad news: Attendance for the entire nationals will almost certainly fall short of the 110,787 from last time."

Article after article pitched the event and some even moaned the low turnout but none addressed the fact that not every ticket sold at the Greensboro Coliseum is sold to travelers coming from other cities to see events here. Greensboro and Triad resident do and always have purchased the bulk of the tickets sold at the Greensboro Coliseum and I challenge the City of Greensboro to show us otherwise. None addressed the fact that Greensboro, North Carolina has the highest unemployment in the state of North Carolina, a 21% poverty rate and is the second hungriest city in the United States.

And if Coliseum Manager Matt Brown and Mayor Vaughan thinks they can continue to squeeze enough tax dollars out of a dying city to keep their white elephant fat and happy... Well it's just a matter of time before promoters like Hill Carrow start looking to other venues.