Wednesday, September 06, 2006

"All Things Considered, I'd Rather Be In Moose Jaw"

I expect the fantastic success of the Everett Silvertips franchise in such a short amount of time has owner Bill Yuill and VP/GM Doug Soetaert (and welcome back to the Dub, Doug) thinking about the 2010 Memorial Cup. That is, I'd expect they're thinking Everett should be one of the early favourites to host the next time the WHL's turn comes up.

And no doubt they should be - the building is wonderful, the fans are faithful, and the revitalized downtown Everett area would be a nice backdrop to Memorial Cup week.

But right now the city has worse complement of hotels than Moose Jaw. No, really.

The best least worst hotel in the city is a Holiday Inn that appears to have been built during the Eisenhower administration and uses "early Guantanamo Bay" as a decorative theme. When a city of about 100,000 doesn't have anything better than that, it's safe to say it's a bit behind the accomodations industry curve.

Here's hoping for Everett's Memorial Cup bid's sake that some of the big hotel operators recognize the big oppotunity for expansion in Snohomish county before then...or else I recommend saving up for that really nice tent at REI by May 2010.

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