Predators CEO Jeff Cogen speaks at the Predators year end press conference. Follow the jump for the video and a list of key points that were made.
Three Goals at the start of the year...
1. Fill Bridgestone Arena,
2. Grow the Partnership Base,
3. Unparalleled customer service to fan base and a game experience second to none in the NHL.
Attendance grew from 14,000 to 16,100.
Four sellouts last year - 16 sellouts this year plus six in the playoffs
Season Ticket base grew from 8000 to 8500 and stopped multi-year decline.
Still 1000 empty seats a game and are in bottom half of NHL so work is not done.
Two major sponsors - ATT and First Third Bank plus 20 smaller sponsors.
Grant Predators Assets and Message to sponsors so they could be taken jointly to common customer.
Many new benefits to season ticket holders.
Best mascot in sports - Gnash.
"Helmets off" approach personalize players to the fans.
Doors opened earlier - full access to all of arena to all fans.
Diligent staff needed confidence after unstable past - that has been done.
Poile and Trotz made Cogen look like a genius.
Ownership group bought team to keep it in Nashville.
Sean Henry is second half of "two headed monster"
Thanks to the fans - the best in the league.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass