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Old 04-30-2013, 04:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Michigan

There are certain costs to a field that are only a consideration of magnitude. Let me try to explain through example:

Fields run best when there is a certain player to ref ratio. Some insurance policies require one. Lets just say its 10 to 1.

A field generally overstaffs this ratio.... again I need to back up and rephrase. Successful businesses generally overstaff this ratio especially when discussing businesses seeking disposable income because the experience is more important than price (within reason). IE you might put up with Wal-mart and buy that tv there to save $25. You will not put up with bad service at a field if you could have a good experience for $25 more.

So fields are generally overstaffed. Unless you are operating at peak capacity to this ratio, or at peak overall capacity, you have unused entrance.

Don't lose out on sales of other items (ie paint, chips, hot dogs, soda) that have good mark up because of your entrance. You are better off giving entrance away if that is what you need to do to get the optimal number of players there. This is especially true when dealing with a business where the other customers provide atmosphere for paying customers (its a base concept behind "lady's night" at the club).
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