Wednesday, September 5, 2007

If you build it, we will come

The Raptors after a fantastic 2006-2007 seasons are now making some major money in the box office.

From the Toronto Star...

"...have had about a 98 per cent renewal rate on season tickets.

Added to more than 2,300 new accounts, the team has eclipsed 11,000 in season ticket sales, approaching their best level ever, when they had about 12,000 at the height of Vince Carter's popularity and the team's success of the early 2000s.

"There's just been a whole lot of momentum behind the team, we're having success we haven't had in four or five years," said Tom Anselmi, the executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

According to league officials, Toronto's new season ticket sales put it among the top five in the 30-team league and its 98 per cent renewal rate is the best in the NBA.

The Raptors also sold more than 20,000 group tickets the first day they were available, said Anselmi, and are headed toward the kind of ticket-selling season they enjoyed in 2001-02, when they sold out 40 of 41 regular-season home dates."

The ACC will no longer be considered the Home of the Leafs.

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