An official number is expected by this weekend, but Royals Booster Club chairperson Dennis Waterman feels his group is off to a fine start in its attempt to bring the senior hockey league outfit back to Corner Brook.
The group had a booth set up in the packed Margaret Bowater Park during Canada Day celebrations on Tuesday to help their push to sell 1,000 season tickets by Aug. 31.
“We had a good day out there,” Waterman said, though he said he didn’t have an exact number to share. “I’m estimating we probably sold between 50-60 there in the park alone.”
Though that number seems a far cry from the number the group eventually needs to hit, Waterman said the day in the park actually exceeded expectations.
“We were there to really launch the program, we didn’t really anticipate a large amount of sales there,” he said. “But we did better than anticipated, to be quite honest.”
Waterman said club treasurer Don Bishop is currently out of town, but will begin counting the total number of sales so far as early as today.
“I don’t want to be guessing,” said Waterman. “He’s going to start tabulating them to see exactly where we are.”
He said he remains optimistic 1,000 passes is a reasonable goal and said the club still has a number of ideas to pique the interest of the general public. He also believes once the official number of passes sold is released, that will kickstart more of a drive on sales as well.
“It’s just a matter of getting out and talking to people,” he said. “Everyone I’ve been talking to has been very receptive.
“Everyone kind of needs a little bit of a push to get thinking about it.”