GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The nearly sold-out Game 3 of the Calder Cup playoff series, along with other playoff games, are allowing the Grand Rapids Griffins to make money this season rather than simply break even -- which is the norm.
People poured into Van Andel Arena Wednesday, spending money on tickets and concessions. They were thrilled when Grand Rapids beat the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 for a 3-0 lead in the series.
"We came to a game last week and it wasn't like this. It was dead last week," fan Jay Anderson said.
Vice President of Business Operations Tim Gortesema said attendance for the fist couple of playoff rounds was OK: Between 3,000 and 4,000 people attended each game. That was less than the average regular-season game, which sees about 8,000 people.
But Wednesday night, there were about 10,000 people in the stands at Van Andel Arena.
"Demand has been through the roof," Gortesema said.
And 24 Hour News 8 was told Friday's Game 4, during which the Griffins could clinch the Cup, was already sold out Wednesday.
Making to the playoffs has added 13 home games to the regular 38-game season -- a third more.
Gortesema says that equals $1 million more in gross revenue in tickets alone. Concessions are expected to bring in an extra $340,000.
The Griffins will only get to keep about 25% of that, but it's still more money for Grand Rapids hockey.
Gortesema said the Calder Cup is good for funds this year, and good for creating future fans.
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