|The smaller arena at the Verdun auditorium has some sight-line issues|
Seriously. Oops for that idea.
Also: when Verdun hosts a minor hockey tournaments they charge $5 to enter.
So people have to pay to see their own kids play, something unheard of at such local tournaments.
About 100 adults pay up per game. There's 115 games throughout the five different levels.. so that's a nice little $60,000-or-so in Verdun's pocket for hosting the tournament, not to mention the money that comes in from the various sponsors they have hustled, so they've done a pretty good job at optimizing their revenues.
Verdun charges $500 per team to enter so each parent has to pay about $30 to have their kid participate in a tournament. That's pretty much standard, although McDonald's sponsored a spring tournament in Lachine that charges zero.
Verdun hits parents both with a team fee and also charges them to watch the games.
There are 40 teams in the tournament (five levels with eight teams each), meaning that Verdun receives about $20,000 in entry fees.
I was told by the tournament organizer that "almost half" of that money goes to Hockey Quebec. So let's say that Verdun keeps only $12,000 in team fee cash.
Then there's the estimated $50,000 or $60,000 gate, plus sponsorships, let's put it conservatively at $10,000.
That's about $80,000 coming into this tournament.
Verdun apparently charges a small fee for ice time and some little trophies have to be purchased and a few referees must be paid, perhaps that's a $15,000 expense.
So there's something like $65,000-$85,000 surplus coming in to Verdun from this event, it'd be interesting to see the exact numbers.