Tomorrow I will start to discuss plans for a voting committee.
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Team Italy concepts (by Tommy G.)
Team USA concepts (by Arthur)
Team USA concept (by Sam N.)
Team USA concept (by Brady)
Team Sweden concepts (by Eric W.)
I've decided to expand the "contest" and say that you can send in concepts for any country, not just your own. I will still choose the best IIHF concept at the end of the week.
TORONTO FRANCHISE CONCEPT
It may not be everyone's choice but, the most profitable place to put the next NHL franchise, in my opinion, is in Toronto. Maple Leafs tickets are impossible to come by for most. There's a whole market available craving an alternative to the Leafs. Thus, I introduce the Toronto Toros!
Logo removed at the request of CIBC
Yes, I named the team after the old WHA team. That's mainly due to my inability to draw a new logo. Plus, try and name a Toronto team with a name that is unique, and don't call them the Toronto Towers!
I altered the WHA logos a tiny bit. I placed a ring around the bull to create an alternate look. The wordmark is completely my creation.
To name the arena that the Toros would play in I thought of some of the biggest Canadian companies and chose the one that has yet to have naming rights to an NHL Arena. I had 4 name choices in mind; CIBC Place, CIBC Hockey Centre, CIBC Arena, and this...
Logo removed at the request of CIBC
The jerseys, like Toronto, needed to be clean and classic. The old Toros uniforms were about as classic as it gets with hockey sweaters. I didn't want to do the exact same thing. So, I added a couple extra trim lines and made the home sweater red instead of blue. Blue belongs to the alternate sweater. The home and road jerseys use the new collar style that Nashville now uses. I wanted to stay away from collar laces as I feel some teams are using them for no reason. I've also included the generic goalie mask in this set.
Here is a full body model of the home jersey...
Just like the Jets, one of the first ways to bring in substantial revenue is with your merchandise.Here are your basic Reebok shirts and hat that every team has. Also included is an official game puck.
The CIBC Centre needed a place to be built. In actuality, two locations are being thought of for a 2nd Toronto team. One is about 20 miles northeast of the Air Canada Centre. The other is a place called Downsview Park, which is the location I have chosen. Currently there is nothing there...Festival style concerts are usually held there during the summer months. A small airport is directly east of Downsview where typically, private planes land. Toronto's International airport is west of this location. Downsview is about a 25 minute drive north of the ACC and Toronto's city core. Our subway (TTC) runs north towards the park and has a station there. North America's busiest highway, highway 401, runs east-west with a turn-off also at Downsview Park.Above, you saw what Downsview looks like before construction of CIBC Centre. This is what it would look like after...Massive amounts of parking, along with bus stops and an underground tunnel (east side) which leads under the airport over to Downsview subway station. In the northwest corner you can see the Toronto Toros head offices. Next to that is the official Toronto Toros practice rink, which would also serve as a community rink when not in use by the team.
Below displays my lack of artistic talent quite well as I try to give you an idea of what the CIBC Centre would look like from the outside.The idea is for it to be a massive hockey palace with it's domed roof stretching high into the sky. It also stands on somewhat of a concrete platform where patrons have to walk up some steps to reach it. Windows run along the sides of the arena on the 100 and 400 levels. They display the bustle of fans inside.
Here is the seating plan of the 19,832 seat capacity stadium. The seating capacities are broken down on the right side of the image. The seats are tiered a little steeper than most arenas which is an attempt at giving an intimate atmosphere to the players. A 60 seat premium level restaurant sits on the north side of the lower bowl. It is flat and not tiered like the other seats.The home team enters the ice from beside their bench, a feature inspired by the old Maple Leaf Gardens. The road team must cross the ice to the penalty box area to go to their dressing room. The only corner tunnel is on the southwest side, for the zamboni. There are two levels of private boxes (Level 200 & 300). On level 200 are your premium boxes and on level 300 are your regular private boxes. Layouts can be seen on the image above.
The gold, premium seats (7 rows) are inspired by the premium seats you can find at Toronto's Ricoh Centre. The two levels of private boxes are stacked like the boxes at Ascot Racecourse. The 4 groups of upperbowl seating areas are like upperbowl at the Coyotes' Jobing.com Arena. The oval shape and domed roof are inspired by the old St. Louis Arena.
Of course, to attend that first game you'll need these tickets.Inspired by their very rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, coloured bands on the tickets indicate which section the fan is sitting in (Gold, Red, Silver-boxes, Blue). Top dollar is paid to sit in the golds or to have a private box. While the reds and blues aren't the cheapest in the league they are a very affordable alternative to the Maple Leafs, who hold the highest average ticket price in the NHL.
Well, that's my concept for a 2nd team in Toronto. I guess you could say that this is my big COTY push! I'd really like to hear what everyone thinks...