Podcast Ep. 15 – Paul Fruitman talks Vancouver Whitecaps


paul-fruitman-vancouver-whitecapsPaul Fruitman is an experienced sports executive with over 15 years working with sports teams across Canada. His sports business journey has taken him from coast-to-coast, from working pro basketball in Halifax to currently working in Vancouver as Senior Manager, Tickets and Premium Seating with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Paul discusses the Whitecaps’ record-setting home opener attendance, ticket sales, premium seating, and growth opportunities for the team.

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Show notes:

  • 1:42 – Paul’s background in sports business
  • 3:33 – The similarities and differences between sports (Paul has sold tickets for the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Argonauts, Halifax Rainmen, Edmonton Eskimos, Edmonton FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps)
  • 8:16 – The possibility of NBA returning to Vancouver
  • 10:46 – The Whitecaps’ record-setting home opener attendance on March 4
  • 12:16 – Top draws at the gate for the Whitecaps
  • 14:01 – Comparing Whitecaps’ fans to Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions’ fans
  • 16:03 – Pace of play in sports
  • 20:06 – Fan experience at BC Place
  • 24:50 – Premium seating
  • 26:45 – Best practices
  • 29:49 – Areas of growth for the Whitecaps
  • 32:36 – Alphonso Davies
  • 36:02 – Whitecaps youth camps and outreach programs

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