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O’Neil Says NJ Devils Need To Reach Out To The Corporate Market

New Jersey may host several sports teams but only one carries the state’s name, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the Devils have what other sports organizations would want to have.

“We have one hall of fame, legendary president and general manager who’s proven time and time again to put a competitive team on the ice with an interest or opportunity that everyone in the stands knows that we have a chance to win the cup,” said O’Neil.

The Devils currently play at the Prudential Center in Newark but games haven’t sold out to the arena’s capacity, which O’Neil says he would like to change. O’Neil says that most of the unsold tickets are within the corporate seats and that the arena has the potential to do well in the New Jersey market.

Within the New Jersey and New York Tri-State area, the Devils compete against other hockey teams from New York but O’Neil says that he would rather have the number one team in New Jersey than the number two team in the area.

O’Neil mentions that the fans are always present at the games but that the his responsibility is to reach out to the corporate community and invite them to go see games.

Within the Prudential Center the Devils share the arena with other events that are held within the arena. O’Neil says that it is an incredible line-up for the arena and that the organization needs to go out and talk to businesses over the sports entertainment aspect of the arena.

“This is the heart beat of sports entertainment in New Jersey and we have the market and we have to go pitch our case,” said O’Neil.

As for ways to reach the arena, O’Neil says that there are no problems considering all the transportation options near by and highways and roadways such as the New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 78 and the Garden State Parkway are close by.