Current and Future NBA Cities Fight it Out Online
Trying to generate support for the future home of the Anaheim Royals, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau this week Launched “OC for NBA” Facebook Page as a grass roots effort to build support for the pending announcement.
The new Facebook can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/OCforNBA.
“Having three professional sports teams in Anaheim would be a fantastic sports entertainment trifecta for Orange County, its residents and visitors,” Charles Ahlers, president, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau said in a press release. “We believe that if the Royals make Anaheim their home court it will truly be a win-win situation and add a great deal of economic benefit to our region as a result of this new entertainment offering.”
The OC CVB felt it had to illustrate a few related facts on the county:
- Orange County has a population of more that 3 million
- Anaheim/OC attracts over 42 million visitors annually
- OC’s visitors spend in excess of $7 Billion dollars annually
- The Honda Center hosts 150+ events annually (without basketball)
- The Honda Center is consistently ranked by Venues Today as one of the top ten venues in the world.
The Kings on the other hand have several groups that have created pages to try influence the team to stay in Sacramento. There are no less than six Kings related facebook pages. They range from an undisclosed amount of users to a group that has more than 1,000 likes. These groups include:
Some things to remember for all involved.
- Listen to the fans and what is being said.
- Respond in a timely matter.
- Look at the page as an ongoing opportunity to interact. Stop trying to promote 100 percent of the time.
- Keep the exchanges real and we will engage with the brand.
In a matter related to a possible move, the Orange County Register is reporting that the Anaheim Royals already have a wait list of 500 season seats.