© Guardian photo by Kayla Woodside
T.J. Courtney, left, Matthew Lane and James MacArthur, right, UPEI business students, checked out the Team Canada Olympic hockey game this week at Izy’s Sports Bar in Charlottetown.
As skiers fly through the air in acrobatic form and pucks ping off the goal post, not all the “ohhs” and “ahhhs” are from the site of the Winter Olympics in Russia, many can be heard in Charlottetown.
As Olympic fans watch their country’s athletes perform two questions arise: where are people going to watch the games and what games are the most popular?
Joel Creamer, the manager of ISE'S Sports Bar, said the television event hasn’t changed the flow of traffic coming in.
“It’s a little bit busier in the daytimes for hockey but no big change,” he said.
With most events going on in the daytime people are mostly at work and school but will pop in to catch the highlights.
“I think it’s easier to watch from home because something like the bobsled or downhill skiing can only take like 15 to 20 minutes so people aren’t like ‘OK lets make a night of it and hit the town’,” Creamer said.
That’s where the NHL has the advantages, hockey games are easy to make a night out of.
“Things like hockey are good for business but smaller events it’s hard to motivate yourself enough to get out of the house because you can just click on the TV, catch it quickly and turn it back off,” he said.
The lack of change doesn’t mean people don’t sneak away for lunch to catch the games.
“Our class was cancelled so it works out for us but he’s skipping class to be here,” said James MacArther about his fellow UPEI business administration classmate.
MacArther goes to sports bars like ISE'S to watch the games in convenience.
“It’s nice to have the big screen to watch the game on and it’s nice to go out and be able to get your food cooked for you,” he said.
Although hockey is the main focus for this fan, MacArther keeps up with all medal games.
“Anytime there’s a medal round of anything on I watch it. Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, figure skating,” he said.