Economic Impact

The Impact of Professional Hockey on Bakersfield’s Economy

The Bakersfield Condors Professional Hockey Club brings many benefits to our area.  Some of these are tangible, economic boosts to our community.  Others are intangible, in the form of recognition, both regionally and nationwide.

The economic theory that outside money turns over seven times in the community and local money turns over four times is used on this impact statement.

CONDORS PLAYERS must take residence in Bakersfield during the seven months of the hockey season.   A CONDOR will spend approximately $2,000 monthly.  This conservative figure does not include players’ wives or family when they visit.  Each player will spend approximately $14,000 during the season.  Twenty-two players plus an equipment manager will spend $350,000.

CONDORS PLAYERS ~ $322,000 x 7 =                                                      $2,254,000

VISITING TEAMS in Bakersfield spend over $20,000 in hotel rental plus another $40,000 in food costs.  These teams will also spend another $10,000 in purchasing goods and services in the community.  Total visiting teams expenditures is $70,000.

VISITING TEAMS ~ $70,000 x 7 =                                                                $490,000

ECHL REFEREES will spend approximately $10,000 during the season on lodging, meals, and entertainment while in Bakersfield.

ECHL REFEREES ~ $10,000 x 7 =                                                              $70,000

VISITING HOCKEY PERSONNEL, including the league office and other league teams as well as scouts and officials are constantly coming to Bakersfield.  They use hotels, restaurants and transportation services totaling approximately $10,000.

VISITING HOCKEY PERSONNEL ~ $10,000 x 7 =                                    $70,000

FULL-TIME FRONT OFFICE PERSONNEL who live in the area year-round spend most of their salaries in Bakersfield.  The CONDORS have 20 full-time employees who spend $500,000 a year in Bakersfield.

FULL-TIME FRONT OFFICE PERSONNEL ~ $500,000 x 4 =                   $2,000,000

PART-TIME PERSONNEL is hired during the season for arena employment.  This creates approximately 300 jobs a night, with an average of $35.00 per person.  This is a total of approximately $420,000.

PART-TIME PERSONNEL ~ $420,000 x 4 =                                               $1,680,000

The BAKERSFIELD CONDORS operation will spend approximately $1,000,000 in the community.  This includes transportation, supplies, advertising, printing, utilities, souvenirs, promotional expenses, taxes and numerous other expenditures.

CONDORS ORGANIZATION ~ $1,000,000 x 4 =                                       $4,000,000

The Bakersfield Condors also expect over 20,000 CONDORS FANS to attend Rabobank Arena this year from a distance in excess of 20 miles from the arena.  These people are also spending money on gas, food, and hotels.

FANS FROM SURROUNDING AREA ~ $400,000 x 4 =                            $1,600,000

THE CONSERVATIVE TOTAL ECONOMIC IMPACT ANNUALLY OF CONDORS HOCKEY ON THE CITY OF BAKERSFIELD IS APPROXIMATELY . . . . . $12,164,000

IN ADDITION, IN 2011 THE ECHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC WAS HELD IN BAKERSFIELD, WHICH CONTRIBUTED AN ADDITIONAL ECONOMIC IMPACT OF $1,056,000, FOR A GRAND TOTAL $13,220,000 ECONOMIC IMPACT IN 2011.

THIS CONSERVATIVE TOTAL ECONOMIC IMPACT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INTANGIBLES:

  • MEDIA COVERAGE BRINGS REGIONAL AND NATIONAL ATTENTION TO OUR AREA.
  • SOUVENIRS BEARING THE NAME BAKERSFIELD ARE BOUGHT AT THE ARENA, AND THROUGH ON-LINE ORDERS, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
  • CONDORS PLAYERS AND STAFF ARE INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY, WITH THE ORGANIZATION RAISING NEARLY $400,000 IN CASH, GOODS AND SERVICES ANNUALLY.
  • APPROX. 200,000 FANS VISIT DOWNTOWN BAKERSFIELD EACH SEASON, FREQUENTLY VISITING DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE SURROUNDING VICINITY BEFORE AND AFTER GAMES
  • PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY LOOKS GOOD ON THE CITY’S RESUME.
  • THE BAKERSFIELD CONDORS PROVIDE FUN AND EXCITING ENTERTAINMENT, WITH NEARLY 90% OF THE FANS ATTENDING WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
  • ADDITIONAL JOBS ARE CREATED, ENHANCING THE CITY’S OVERALL ECONOMY.
  • INNOVATIVE MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESSES IN THE CITY.
  • LONG LASTING MEMORIES FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ARE FORMED.

WE SALUTE OUR FANS, THE CITY OF BAKERSFIELD, AND KERN COUNTY, AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT!

Last Updated 9/19/11

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