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    Quote Originally Posted by rt0307 View Post
    eyeballing... so I'm prob. wrong

    I did hear somewhere that a 3/4 empty NOArena still had a bigger draw than what they were getting in Bossier-Shreveport
    Attendance doubled or so here. You got it.

    It's the physical limitations of the building's extent for the turf and hanging the nets, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BP225 View Post
    I wonder if Benson has enough juice to keep them from finding an "available" alternative. If they have to move to survive, or just straight up fold, then it seems like selling the Voodoo name would become pretty appealing.
    BR had a team at some point, right? IFL or something. Go there, rebrand.

    Don't leave them no place. Leave them one place with an incentive to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 42 View Post
    BR had a team at some point, right? IFL or something. Go there, rebrand.

    Don't leave them no place. Leave them one place with an incentive to change.
    500 people might show up in BR. If it isn't LSU, it isn't being supported.

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    TAD GORMLEY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Haze View Post
    TAD GORMLEY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 42 View Post
    Attendance doubled or so here. You got it.

    It's the physical limitations of the building's extent for the turf and hanging the nets, I think.
    I don't know how big the Lakefront Arena is... but there are arenas that have cut off end zones (only 6 yds long or so instead of the regulated 8 yd long) b/c it can't fit. I can't name any off the top of my head... but I def. remember the Austin Wranglers from the pre-bankruptcy days was like that

    Quote Originally Posted by 42 View Post
    BR had a team at some point, right? IFL or something. Go there, rebrand.

    Don't leave them no place. Leave them one place with an incentive to change.
    I remember a team in Houma-Terrebonne called the Bayou Bucks... their games came on CST (they were part of the NIFL... they got into a tif with Terrebonne Parish and folded after suing parish government in federal court)

    there was also the Lafayette Wildcatters (don't know if they still exist anymore actually) and the Louisiana Swashbucklers (in Lake Charles... still playing I believe)
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    They do have some play in the endzones to the tune of a couple of yards.

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    Hell, Shreveport had a CFL team at one point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown Poster View Post
    Hell, Shreveport had a CFL team at one point.
    I had one in my backyard until 1998.
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    It's either lakefront or bust for them! Take it or leave it.

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    I remember when the Hornets moved here and kicked the Brass out of the Arena, one of the options looked at when the Mardi Gras krewes wouldn't let them move back to the Municipal Auditorium was the UNO Lakefront Arena. But they couldn't go there due to the dimensions needed for the ice rink. I'm thinking that the same issue may come up for the Voodoo. It's a shame that they are probably headed down the same road as the Brass. Didn't the Voodoo use to have pretty good crowds? What happened? Was it because of the new owner?


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    Quote Originally Posted by triplela View Post
    I remember when the Hornets moved here and kicked the Brass out of the Arena, one of the options looked at when the Mardi Gras krewes wouldn't let them move back to the Municipal Auditorium was the UNO Lakefront Arena. But they couldn't go there due to the dimensions needed for the ice rink. I'm thinking that the same issue may come up for the Voodoo. It's a shame that they are probably headed down the same road as the Brass. Didn't the Voodoo use to have pretty good crowds? What happened? Was it because of the new owner?


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    It's the AF2 masked as the AFL. People have high expectations and the current ownership is unwilling and unable to accommodate those higher expectations. They are happy with 4-5k per game because in Dallas Jr they only got 2k. They don't advertise at all. They have crappy looking jerseys. The gameday itself is very cheesy and forced. It's overall not a fun experience. I used to buy season tickets during the Benson era and had a blast and loved it. The current attempt is nothing like the old, I am no longer a season ticket holder because of it. The Zephyrs, a AAA baseball team, puts on a more professional atmosphere.

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    Yeah, the game day experience, it's not what it used to be. I don't even know if the auditorium would even be a feasible option at this point. But the state has way to much invested in this deal as does Benson, so the VooDoo's needs are going to fall on deaf ears. The only other option maybe, proximity wise, would be the convention center. And that's if it's feasible size wise!

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    So any word yet on the name? Not one Fletcher Mackel or Fletcher Mackel trying to pull a lee zurik, where are the people who know people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NemesisKING View Post
    So any word yet on the name? Not one Fletcher Mackel or Fletcher Mackel trying to pull a lee zurik, where are the people who know people?
    If they bothered to ask all the team or nba will say is "..two weeks..."

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    Well, nothing to report but just judging by all of the circumstances coming to a head I think it is safe to say that if he's going to buy the Voodoo brand it's going to be this off-season or not at all.

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    The phone signal in the dome seems much better with this lighter crowd.

    Agreed with UP.

    If I learn something, I will let you know what is shareable.

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    You were the second biggest celebrity at Arena Bowl behind Ron Jaworski.

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    This is true.

    This is damned true.

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    Wait... isn't the NOArena still set to host the Arena Bowl again next season? or is that a year-by-year deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rt0307 View Post
    Wait... isn't the NOArena still set to host the Arena Bowl again next season? or is that a year-by-year deal?
    Pretty sure it was just a one year deal.

    Everything about this league is pretty much year-by-year though.

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    I really hope Benson buys the brand back. The only names I really like are VooDoo/Krewe/Knights.
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