My name is Gill Allen and my wife and I are in our fourth season of being 26-game ticket holders. I understand that we're not counted as part of the season-ticket holder base, but whatever.
What I'd like to point out is that we make a significant commitment financially to the Hurricanes. Along with our tickets, we buy merchandise and food and drinks. We invite our friends to the games. We talk to our co-workers about the team, and wear our fandom with pride. We are aware that it is a privilege to be able to watch professional hockey in person and that we are not owed anything by you or other owners of the Hurricanes.
We are also the future of your franchise. We are not transplants to the Raleigh area with a hockey background. We are not a core hockey demographic like Toronto or Detroit. We are not grandchildren raised on the game. We are passionate sports fans that want to root for a local team. We are families with some disposable income that are looking for value for our money. We are Caniacs.
There are thousands of potential fans that are waiting for a competitive product. Fielding a team at the cap floor does not work. Our beloved Canes are not a playoff team as they are currently constructed, and lightning in a bottle is not a valid business plan. As much as I hate cliches, build it and they will come.
Be the chicken, Mr. Karmanos. The fans will bring the eggs.