Warriors' New Year's Eve Bash comes with growing pains

Nathan Liewicki
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The biggest New Year’s Eve party in the city took place at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre Tuesday.

A pair of people hit the dance floor at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre on Tuesday night. In total, nearly 1,000 people rung in 2014 at the Moose Jaw Warriors New Year's Eve Bash. 

Close to 1,000 people welcomed 2014 in style amid oodles of popcorn and plenty of beverages at the Moose Jaw Warriors New Year’s Eve Bash.

“I can’t believe how much popcorn was set out at each table,” said Katherine Larson. “There’s just so much and I’m not sure if our group is going to be able to eat it all.”

With the music playing – some live and some not live – drinks were flowing and the dance floor was hopping.

Some of the people eager to get to the party early did, however, find themselves in a slight dilemma shortly after the doors opened at 9:30 p.m.

According to Corey Nyhagen, the director of business operations for the Warriors, there was an onslaught of people who arrived simultaneous to the opening of the doors.

That meant lines to buy beverage tokens and lines to redeem those tokens for drinks were lengthy. One man said he waited in line for 45 minutes just to grab a drink.

“The vast majority of people were quite patient, but when you put 1,000 people into the room, into the tokens and into the beverage lines right away there is going to be some backlog,” Nyhagen told the Times-Herald.

“We've been adjusting on the fly, adding extra tables, extra chairs and extending the bar lines just to get people through.”

Earlier Tuesday there were just under 100 tickets left to the bash. By the afternoon they were sold out.

Nyhagen said they could have sold 100 or 200 more tickets because the demand was so high. Unfortunately, the capacity wouldn’t allow it, nor would fire regulations.

Despite a few mishaps in what was the first time the Warriors had ever held a New Year’s Eve party, Nyhagen said he’s already looking forward to next year’s party – and improving it.

“We treated it as a cabaret where there would be people dancing, mingling and standing around, but the one thing that we fell short on is trying to get more tables,” said Nyhagen.  “(Maybe) we could do that, or lessen the number of tickets next year and make it a more compact event where everybody would have seating,” said Nyhagen.

“We're going to build on this for next year and correct the little mistakes we've had.”

Although he admitted some people left disappointed, Nyhagen noted the Warriors always try to do things big and with a bang.

“The first goal was to sell it out and put on the biggest party in the city,” he said. “The second was to execute everything and (lastly) to make sure everybody had a good time.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Times-Herald

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