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Sticker shock: Oilers fans react to ticket prices for upcoming new arena


It remains to be seen if the Edmonton Oilers will be a playoff contender by the time they move into Rogers Place in 2016-17. It looks like Oilers season ticket holders will be paying as if they’re a high-end team either way.

The good news for Edmonton Oilers fans is that the “Connor McDavid tax” won’t be that costly for next season. Season tickets in their new arena fall in the cost range of “arm and a leg,” though.

The Oilers released a “season seat relocation guide” for the opening of Rogers Place in 2016-17, and the options are both more expensive and a little more complicated than what fans will experience at Rexall Place. It’s a little tough to compare and contrast when ticket pricing options just from eight different structures to 38, as Global Edmonton points out.

Copper & Blue’s Ryan Batty probably summarizes the more modest jump in prices – relatively speaking – between 2014-15 and next season versus the leap between 2015-16 and the new building’s opening campaign in 2016-17.

Yikes. To little surprise, Oilers fans seem a little stunned by the spike in prices, especially since Batty points out that the team is asking for some cash early:

Here are some choice reactions from fans and media members on Twitter:

Well, they better improve by the time they move then, right?

Report: Game 5 tickets average $456 on secondary market

Celebrities Attend The 2012 Stanley Cup Final Game Two - June 2, 2012

The New Jersey Devils thwarted the Los Angeles Kings’ sweep attempt last night, preserving their pride and keeping their Stanley Cup hopes alive in the process. They also earned at least one more lucrative home game for their franchise, and if the secondary market is any indication, it’ll fill some coffers.

Sam Carchidi reports that Game 5 tickets are going for an average of $456 via numbers from TicketNetwork.com. It’s honestly more fun to look at the extreme highs and lows, though.

Honestly, I’m more familiar with Stub Hub myself, so I took a look at what tickets are going for there. As of this writing, the cheapest available tickets are two pairs of tickets priced $210 apiece. On the other end of the spectrum, there are Club seats ranging from $875-$899 per ticket. That $899 number represents most expensive tickets availabe on Stub Hub.

Ticket Network’s prices go a little higher, however. The peak prices are glass level seats (four left) that go for a resounding $2,166 per ticket.

Yup, things could get quite a bit more interesting if the Devils win again. Apparently they could also get a whole lot more expensive/lucrative, too.

Panthers’ 2012-13 ‘Club Red’ plan would represent radical price increases for some top seats

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One way or another, the Florida Panthers will be a very different team on the ice next season, even if those changes might not get them any closer to a playoff berth. They’ll have a slew of new (and largely unproven) forwards, some pricey veteran defensemen and a brand new No. 1 goalie in 2011-12. Apparently the franchise is banking on a serious revival among latent fans by next summer, because their 2012-13 “Club Red” plan represents price increases that are just as radical as their roster renovations.

The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Panthers season ticket holders in three of the BankAtlantic Center’s “prime sections” received a letter from the team that detailed dramatic price jumps for the 2012-13 season. The team plans to convert three sections – 134, 101 and 102 – to “Club Red,” which will be an “ultra-premium, all-inclusive” area for events at the arena.

Unfortunately, those “ultra-premium, all-inclusive” seats come at some hyper-ludicrous prices. Just read about the monetary impact one long-time Panthers fan named Allyn White would have to deal with to keep the “best seats in the house.”

The price to join the exclusive club rocked White like a blindside check. He said he was told his seats would cost $22,500 apiece, which would cover other events at BAC in addition to Panthers games. He said he paid about $5,000 for two seats at center ice in row 15 for the upcoming hockey season.

“I’ve been a season-ticket holder since Day 1 in Miami. I’ve never missed a game. You’re telling me too bad, your $5,000 tickets are now going to be $45,000?” said White, who runs a travel agency in Fort Lauderdale. “I don’t want to sit in the corners. I don’t want to sit in row 3. I sit in … prime seats, which I’ve earned. I’ve got the best seats in the house.”

Yeah, it’s pretty reasonable that White is upset with a 9x increase in his ticket prices. This seems like a ridiculously bold move for a team that hasn’t made the postseason in ages, especially since they run the risk of estranging some of their most passionate fans. Maybe the Panthers assume that they’re going to make a whole new batch of them during this pivotal season?

Panthers president Michael Yormark is known for finding some off-the-beaten path ways to make money, so it’s no surprise that he’s pumping up the idea.

“Obviously, it’s going to be a significant revenue generator for the organization. We also think it’s going to create a very unique experience for those people that become members,” said Michael Yormark, president and COO of the Panthers. “We did do focus groups, we talked to our season-seat holders. This was not something that was done in haste.”

For those prices, it better be a “very unique” experience for members and there better be some amazing food and beverages available. To be honest, I wouldn’t be impressed unless they had Tyrannosaurus Rex eggs on the menu, but “Club Red” members might end up being easier to please.

Plenty of Canucks fans buying tickets in Boston, Bruins fans not as willing to travel to Vancovuer


Yesterday we put up some rough statistics about aftermarket ticket prices following a cursory glance over at StubHub. Here’s the short story: tickets are expensive in Boston and crazy expensive in Vancouver. Since then, we’ve acquired a few more numbers directly from Stubhub to give a better picture of just how strong the demand has been for tickets this year.

Over 1,400 tickets combined for all four potential games in Vancouver. Fans are looking at prices in the $800 range just to get in the building. There are about 250 tickets for Game 1 on Wednesday and 500+ tickets for Game 2 on Saturday.

On the other hand,over 7,000 tickets combined for all three potential games in Boston. It’ll only cost fans in the $500 range to get into TD Banknorth Garden. According to the folks at StubHub, the prices have been holding steady since last week.

As far as actual tickets that have already been sold, fans are paying an average price of $900 for Games 1 and 2 in Vancouver. The least expensive ticket purchased has been $400 (Upper Bowl Goal 319, Game 1), while the most money shelled out for a ticket has been $3,500 (Club 106, Game 1). For a point of reference, fans were paying an average price of $720 for Games 1 and 2 in Chicago.

In Boston, things are a little cheaper; fans are paying an average price of $670 for Games 3 and 4 in Boston. The range of tickets purchased has been $375 (Balcony Side 330, Game 3) to $4,724 (Loge Glass 11, Game 3). At this time last year, fans were paying an average price of $575 for Games 3 and 4 in Philadelphia.

The most interesting figures have been where the ticket purchases have been coming from. Purchases for the games in Vancouver have been fairly predictiable: British Columbia 39% of purchases, Alberta 13%, Ontario and Washington each 8%, and California 7%. Who knew there were that many Bruins/Canucks fans in California? Surprisingly, buyers from New England states make up less than 2% of all purchases for games in Vancouver.

The story is a little different for the games being played in Boston. The top buyer states/provinces for the games in Boston are Massachusetts 36%, Ontario 11%, British Columbia 8%, New York 5%, New Hampshire and Alberta each 4%. New England states are accounting for 45% of the buyers for these games; but 25% of the buyers for these games are from Canada.

Do you think there will be a few Canuckleheads in Boston for Games 3 and 4?

Looking for last minute Stanley Cup Finals tickets? They’ll cost you


There’s an old adage in business: everything is available for the right price. Even though this year’s Stanley Cup Finals ticket is one of the hottest tickets in recent memory in Canada, anything can be acquired for the right price. We took a look at some of the average prices a few days ago here at Pro Hockey Talk, but here’s a rundown of what’s available on Stub Hub one day before the series starts. Obviously, tickets aren’t as prevalent and are more expensive in British Columbia than they are in Massachusetts. Unbelievably, the cheapest ticket listed before the series even starts for Game 7 is almost $1,300.

Stub Hub currently has 251 tickets available for Game 1 ranging from $812 per ticket (corner, upper bowl) to $3,540 per ticket for 3rd row seats near the blueline.
Game 2: 168 tickets available ranging from $799 to $3,995 per ticket
Game 5: 358 tickets available ranging from $971 to $7,589 per ticket
Game 7: 359 tickets available ranging from $1,298 to $15,000 per ticket

In Boston, things are a little cheaper at the TD Banknorth Garden. After all, they’ve seen their team win the Cup—albeit 38 years ago. Interestingly enough, these prices almost sound like a bargain after checking out the prices in Vancouver.

Game 3: 2,560 tickets available ranging from $480 to $5,500 per ticket
Game 4: 2,481 tickets available ranging from $499 to $10,000 per ticket
Game 6: 2,596 tickets available ranging from $593 to $10,000 per ticket

It’s amazing to think that it’s almost cheaper for someone in Vancouver to buy a ticket to a game in Boston and a plane ticket to get to the East Coast, than it is to stay in Canada and buy a seat in Rogers Arena. Judging by the way their fans travel, surely people have already given the travel option plenty of thought.

Then again, if the Bruins are up 3-1 going back to Vancouver for Game 5, I’m willing to bet those ticket prices might decrease a fair amount.

Update: Plenty more statistics regarding the Stanley Cup Final (including who is buying tickets where) can be found here.