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Broncos happy with Hall of Fame attendance

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By Chris Jaster — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

People could barely move in the Credit Union i-plex’s auditorium as Joe Sakic was inducted into the Swift Current Broncos’ Hall of Fame Aug. 6.

Approximately 460 people showed up to the event, and it couldn’t have made Carol Beyer happier.
“It was very packed,” said the Broncos’ director of accounting and member of the Hall of Fame board. “We couldn’t get any more in the building.”

With the induction of one of the Broncos’ most high-profile alumnus, the committee considered moving the event to the curling rink if enough tickets were sold. Beyer estimated at least 800 tickets needed to be sold for that to happen and to make as much money as they did upstairs.

As the ticket sales started to slow down, the committee decided to keep the event upstairs, which turned out to be a good plan.

“There was an awful lot going on this weekend in direct competition with us,” said Beyer. “We had a full house. There were a few people still trying to get tickets, but I was pleased with the crowd we had.”

Beyer classified the banquet and golf tournament a huge success, drawing 30 alumni and raising a lot of money for the team. The exact numbers weren’t known at press time.

The only change made to the Hall of Fame weekend was the addition of a roundtable discussion at the banquet, which went over well. It will be used again next year.

Now, Beyer and her committee have to figure out who they can select to follow Sakic next year and continue the fundraiser for the team.

“We’re going to have to try (to find someone follow Joe’s induction) because it was a very good fundraiser,” she said.

Click here to read about Sakic's induction into the Broncos' Hall of Fame.

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