December 19, 2008

Bargain-basement league: Several NHL clubs are slashing ticket prices and throwing in all kinds of freebies to haul in fans, any fans.

The Panthers are similarly generous, offering a regularly priced $42 ticket for $17. Fans also receive free parking, a combo meal and a $5 gasoline card. Parking is usually $10 at the Panthers' arena, which means that if the other amenities are subtracted from the ticket price, you could make a case that the club is actually paying the fan to attend the game. Happy holidays!

posted by tommytrump to business and law at 07:15 PM - 3 comments

Have the Devils dropped their prices? They might draw some more fans...right now, lots of fans dressed as empty seats!

posted by jjzucal at 08:02 PM on December 19, 2008

Oh god. They can't be making much of anything on that deal. Geez, sometimes it's hard to be a fan of the dollar store of the major league.

Of course, I haven't paid to attend a Leafs game in my entire life. Oh, I've been. Not much, for sure, maybe 20 games in all, but I have never paid. The only times Ive paid to attend a hockey game were in Florida and North Carolina. And it was dirt cheap.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:37 AM on December 20, 2008

Since moving to Dallas the year after the Stars did, I've followed Weedy's plan of only attending games to which I have received free tickets.

At first it was sort of silent protest of the owners moving the franchise, then it became more of a practical matter. I seem to get tickets to a few games each year, just not interested enough to buy more.

Funny thing is, the "free tickets" turn out to be very expensive. Parking is $15 for anywhere close, and I tend to drop $40 to $60 on concessions.

With the tougher economy, I'll bet hockey has a tough year, and baseball will struggle as well.

posted by dviking at 01:01 PM on December 20, 2008

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