I’ve read all the comments from Leafs fans about how brutal Toronto Suit Fans are and that the ACC is a brutal place to watch a a game. I’ve read that new MLSE CEO wants to improve the atmosphere too.
I’ve just watched the Leafs in both Calgary and Vancouver after taking in a game at the ACC and can tell you from my limited study, the problem in Toronto is real, the in game atmosphere is inferior to that in both Vancouver and Calgary, however the problem isn’t with the fans it’s with the programming itself.
All three arenas have the same issue; fans, especially those in the higher priced seats don’t return in time for the puck drop before the 2nd or 3rd periods. This just isn’t an ACC suits problem. It’s equally as bad in Vancouver and Calgary.
Toronto’s solution to it’s problem is to crank music to a deafening level and to ask or beg fans to make noise. There is not a single minute of “downtime” at the ACC. When the game is on a break, there is something on the board, on the PA system and it’s literally turned up to 11.
This is NOT the case in either Calgary or Vancouver. Fans are not begged to make noise every minute. The music isn’t blasting so that those outside the venue can enjoy it too. I never saw any idiots dancing to the same country song. In both stadiums, Vancouver and Calgary the atmosphere was great. Fans were into the game. The music was secondary, enjoyable and a volume that you didn’t have to scream to talk to the person next to you.
Based on these three games, the problem is with the programming at the ACC and not entirely the fans. Could the suits cheer more? Of course. However, perhaps if the environment was improved there’d be something to rush back to.
Any thoughts from other venues?