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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Aeros Go To The Dogs Causing Me To Howl

I got an e-mail from a fellow Aeros fan the other day, howling about the team's newest promotion. And seeing as how the promotion involves dogs, then howling is the appropriate word to describe the outrage.

For those not in the know, the details are simple. On Friday, April 2nd, the Aeros are holding Chilly's Pet Pals night. The Humane Society will set up on the concourses and try to find good homes for dogs. But the howling outrage comes from the fact that the Aeros are also inviting fans to bring their own dogs to the game, and they're going to open a special section of the stands for people who bring their dogs.

Now those of us who have pet allergies aren't given a vote in this thing. And neither are fans who, you know, actually want to come and watch a hockey game. I know this is minor league hockey, and that minor league sports is all about wacky promotions, but I just don't like this idea. And based on some of the e-mails I've received, like from my howling friend, there are a bunch of Aeros fans out there who don't like this idea, either.

I know the Aeros need some promo ideas to sell tickets, though. And I thought that I could help by offering a few ideas of my own, stolen, of course, from other teams.

For instance, on April 7, the Phoenix Coyotes are hosting the St. Louis Blues. And anyone who purchases a 1.75-liter bottle of Smirnoff Vodka gets a free ticket to the game. Now note, the alcohol is not being sold at the game, so hopefully this means that there won't be a bunch of drunks showing up for the game, or leaving the game. But I live by Spec's. I bet if the Aeros were to offer this deal that Toyota Center would be packed every night -- at least based on some of the purchases that I've witnessed.

But my favorite idea, and one that I really want the Aeros to adopt is the Over-18 Night that the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL will soon be offering. Among the many things the Wranglers will be doing that night, besides the $20 dollar open bar and the later starting time is the Stripper 101 contest that they'll be having on the concourses. If I understand it correctly, there will be no actual stripping, just women be taught how to work the pole.

I'd really like to see the Aeros go with this idea. But I'd like to change it up just a bit. With Houston being a huge strip club capital, and being how the team always gets a huge crowd for the Miss Aeros Bikini Contest, I really think that, instead of having a bunch of kids sing "God Bless America" for the 15,000th time, or doing that stupid chin-up thing, or the samurai hockey, is for them to have a stripper contest on the ice. Now I'm not advocating nudity. The women would just strip down to say a bikini while working the pole. But I think this would give the many women who work in the strip clubs in this city a chance to work in the daylight, and it might really get a big crowd if some of their customers come over to watch them. And instead of charging a ticket price, maybe the Aeros could just charge a cover fee.

Oh well. It's just an idea. But really, it's better than going to the dogs, isn't it?


Jen said...

Who is going to clean up after the dogs? I'd prefer we adopt the Admirals promotion of allowing a fan to ride on the Zamboni during intermissions.

Employee said...

They did this same bit in San Antonio the last time the Aeros played there, and it was pretty well-controlled.

There was an area where you could take your pet and they brought in people to take care of any incidents.

The funny part was hearing all of the dogs barking during the National Anthem.

Because there were more than 10,000 people there, there were folks seats -- a lot of people -- sitting up by the press box with dogs.

Big dogs, small dogs, every kind of dogs were there. I am just glad they didn't combine cat and dog night.

Now THAT would have been funny.


Anonymous said...

I've got to say this promo stinks. First off it is a rip off from San Antonio but that doesn't really bother me.

What bothers me is the fact the Aeros are just simply whoring for tickets here. Now I realize they whore out to the schools and choirs and such on a regular basis but at least there you can claim that you might end up with a new hockey fan by bringing in someone who otherwise would not have come to a game. This just isn't the case for dogs. Dogs won't be buying season tickets. Dog owners who are not hockey fans won't be saying "Gee, I need to take the dog to some sporting event, wow there's one tonight at a hockey game, I never would have gone if it were not for my dog".

No, it's simple whoring.

Let's look at the effect it has on the regular fans, the season ticket holders. That effect would range from none to disastrous. Allergies were already mentioned. Who is going to watch the dogs if the owner needs to go to the rest room? What about fans who have a fear of dogs? What about fans with children who are afraid of dogs? What if the fan wants a hot dog? He goes to the hot dog stand and a little kid comes walking away from the counter and the dog eats the kids hot dog. What if the dog doesn't like the loud music and reacts badly? What if dogs start fighting? There is NOTHING good that can come from this.

Try a promotion that entertains fans, promotes hockey, or has to do with a sponsor. Don't just whore yourself out for a buck copying the bad idea's of someone else.

Most of all, have some concern for your season ticket holders who are there night in and night out. Have some class. Honor and respect them. They are your bread and butter. They are there to see hockey. Stop taking away from that.

Pissing off your real fan base to get a one timer into the seats is not a smart way to do business.

Anonymous said...

So you learn about Lyme Disease and how devastating it can be tonight and next game you get a chance to actually get Lyme Disease from a tick on one of these dogs.

That's the way to mesh the promos Aeros.

How many lucky fans will this apply to? Do you have to be the first 2000 through the door or anything?