January 15, 2018
Thomas Peter John Penney
When the NBL announced that a group in St. John’s was going to purchase a team for the city, there was rightful skepticism. However, a few months into the season, solid and consistent attendance and a good product on the floor have replaced the doubts.
Home attendance sits at an average figure of 3004, which puts them second amongst all NBL teams. Trevor Murphy and the marketing team have done a great job in providing fans value for their money with offers that include free t-shirts with purchase of tickets. The overall enthusiasm for the team has the building at near capacity every night, and the play of the Edge has been reflective of those great attendance figures.
The average attendance for the league sits around 1800 per game, and the current average for the Edge have them well ahead of their hopes. Former Mayor Dennis O’Keefe said previously that 1500 people a game was the hope, and so far, things are well beyond that.
The Edge are currently 10-5, winning all but one of their home games this season. They play an exciting brand of basketball, leading the NBL in three point makes and sitting second in attempts. Hometown favourite Carl English is among the top scorers in the league, scoring 23.7 points per game.
The team has the second-best overall record in the league, behind only last year’s champion London Lightning, who the Edge are 2-1 against head to head.
There is plenty of reason for optimism going forward. The relatively low cost for a ticket means an Edge game is an affordable night out for students and families who are on a budget, and Trevor Murphy recently told The Telegram that ticket sales in the hour before tip-off have regularly been in the neighbourhood of 200.
All of this means that the Edge are in a good place right now, becoming part of the community and ensuring Mile One Centre does not go mostly unused.
Recently, Memorial Sea-Hawks star Vasilije Curcic was signed to the team. The connection to Memorial will hopefully galvanize support even further among students, and ensure continued success for the franchise.