Local residents spent more at local bars and restaurants during the first round of NHL playoffs when the Sens were playing in Ottawa compared to when the team was on the road, according to figures released by a payment services company.
Moneris Solutions tracked the sales of merchants near the downtown core who use its terminals for the NHL team’s games during its series against the Montreal Canadiens. It then compared those to the numbers from the week of regular season games before the playoffs started.
Drinking establishments saw sales using credit and debit cards increase 55.1 per cent during home games, while spending at restaurants increased 12.6 per cent.
When the Sens were playing in Montreal, drinking establishments saw sales climb 31.3 per cent. Restaurants actually saw spending decrease 8.2 per cent.
It’s unclear how reliable the numbers are for showing the role that Senators games played in increasing or decreasing revenue, though.
The Moneris study doesn’t involve year-over-year comparisons. That means other factors, such as the drastic swings in weather conditions that took place this year while hockey was happening, could also have factored into the sales numbers.
Ottawa bested Montreal in the best-of-seven series, winning four games to one and advancing to the second round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.