By Scott Linesburgh
Record Staff Writer
STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder sold 51 season tickets in the past seven days, its best week of the summer. The team averages about 20 sales per week, and has a season ticket base of 1,621.
Thunder president Dan Chapman said he believes there are three reasons for the brisk sales: the signing of the first player, goalie Jake Moreland, the end of the NHL lockout and the belief that the new downtown arena will be ready for the first home game on Dec. 3.
The City of Stockton and the project contractors, Swinerton Builders, signed an agreement to finish the project by opening day.
“I think all those factors helped,” said Chapman, who is also a city councilman. “The lockout ending gave people a positive outlook on the sport. And while I have no proof, I just think people feel like a date is set now (for the arena) and are more comfortable.”
Moreland joined the Thunder on Friday and Chapman estimates more than 150 fans showed up to meet Moreland and Cichocki at an autograph signing session on Saturday at the Sherwood Mall.