(This post has absolutely nothing to do with the Leafs, because they'll never have an attendance problem. But have a read and let me know what you think in the comments.)
6,706. 8,189. 8,171. 6,761.
$36. The price of an upper bowl tickets at Jobing.com Arena. $75 -$354. The price range of a lower bowl tickets at Jobing.com Arena. The always nearly empty lower bowl of Jobing.com Arena. Have you seen a Coyotes game on TV or during a TSN replay? There are more empty seats than fans in them. For a city and ownership group that's fought tooth and nail to keep the team there, that's just unacceptable.
In Atlanta, Miami, and Columbus the picture has been the same. Fans simply aren't going to the games and I can't help but feel that ticket prices play a part. Any money generated from a ticket sale is better than no money, especially when you consider the added concessions and merchandising purchases made my fans at the games. Ok, so how low should ticket prices fall? Early I said that ticket prices range from $36 in the nosebleeds up to $354 for a seat on the glass. Seats which are never full.
I'd say priority one for Phoenix is filling up their lower bowl so that they can at least save face on TV and TSN's highlights show, but how? That got me thinking about my high school days when I'd go see crappy bands in dive bars and clubs and pay the general admission to get in, pick my spot on the floor, and see the show. I think the NHL teams with struggling attendance: Atlanta, Miami, Columbus, Phoenix, should eliminate varying ticket prices based on location and instead make every game "general admission". Pay one, lower ticket price for either the upper bowl or lower bowl, and pick any open seat you want on a first come, first serve basis either ahead of time online (like picking a seat on a flight), or by showing up early and putting your butt in a seat.
I feel that would solve two problems. One, it would increase attendance as games would be more affordable with the added draw of previous unattainable seats down low now available. Two, it would make sure the lower bowl was filled first and eliminate the seat costume jokes. I had thought about having only one ticket price for the whole arena, but in the event that the lower bowl gets filled it would be unfair for those in the upper bowl to pay the same price; so two prices it is. And season tickets? Same price but with the ability to select your seats ahead of time and have them reserved for you. Simple. What do you think? What would be acceptable general admissions ticket prices for these teams?
Your Leafs links after the jump.
PPP Endorsed Link: The Limits of Observation
Kent Wilson writes a must-read post about the shortcomings of the "I know what I like and I like what I see" approach to hockey analysis.
Do you know what the Lama said? "Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga."
Mirtle with the old adage that injuries create opportunities
This guy really needs to let the Orr interference goal go. They would have still lost 2-1
How much do you think he'll get?
Puckin'Eh takes a look at the latest Leafs callup
LD with Friday's Youtube Yoinkage
VLM with a look back at the former good luck charm