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Sports Charters - Typical Pax Count?  
User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1723 times:

Just wondering. For those in the know, what's a typical passenger count for a sports charter? I was curious for each team sport.

Baseball,
football,
hockey,
and basketball.

I was curious for two reasons:
1 - I see same sport teams using quite different aircraft.
2 - From the fantasy standpoint, what type aircraft I would have in my charter business to fly these teams around.

Thanks!

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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

I am not sure about baseball, but they would use a decent sized plane.

Basketball probably would use the smallest since there are typically less than 15 players on the team and not a lot of equipment to carry since the ball is provided by the NBA and the baskets are at the court. You wouldnt need more than a 737

Hockey has 23 players, plus perhaps a couple of back ups. Three hockey bench coaches go along, along with a couple of trainers and video coaches and often a few members of the press for radio and TV broadcasts back to the home town. There is a lot of equipment to carry- sticks, helmets, pads, goalie equipment. Detroit Redwings manage to fit everything on a DC-9-50, and the NY Rangers use a 737.

Football would use the most since they have a ton of players and benchwarmers. If you ever looked at a football sideline, you can tell the team needs at least a 757 for all the people, not to mention all of the equipment and pads that they use.


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

Im pretty sure all NFL teams charter a normal airliner from one of the majors...the Eagles use Northwest, the Raiders use Hawaiian, etc.

Some teams own their own plane in the NBA, such as the Orlando Magic who have a 737-300 (maybe -400?) in an executive configuration.......The Mavericks have their own 757, and the Trailblazers have access to an executive 757 as well...

I cant really speak to MLB or NHL though...

Greg



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User currently offlineA/c dxer From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

Hockey teams usually carry about 40 people along with there hockey sticks and equipment. Basketball teams usually carry around 25 people. Dont really know about baseball teams or pro football, but college football teams sometimes takes a 737 and just truck the equipment.

User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2003 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

I've worked with a NCAA Division I athletic program on travel arrangements before. For the Missouri Tigers, last season for football they chartered a 733 from Pace and often still had to rotate staff onto a bus.

When the Tigers basketball team went to the playoffs this year, they chartered an AA 80 and had it filled not just with players, coaches, trainers, media but also pep band, cheerleaders, "athletic supporters", university administrators, etc.


User currently offlineFLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1622 times:

don't pro teams usually charter aircraft with video equipment?

User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2277 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

The Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team uses an ex-Legend DC-9-30 for their away games. I think it's still configured in the same 56-seat arrangement as it was during its tenure with Legend.


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

The Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers share the same 732 operated by Pace.

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