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by Paul on 06/16/06 at 09:59 AM ET
Fans attended NHL games in record numbers this season after many teams cut ticket prices in the wake of the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season. Now it appears many of those fans will pay more for such loyalty. According to Tim Ryan, chief executive of Anaheim Arena Management, a "facilities" fee will be attached to every ticket purchased for an event at the Pond, including Ducks games. For every ticket to a Ducks game priced above $25, a $3 facility fee will be required, team officials confirmed. Tickets costing $25 or less will be assessed a $1.50 fee. "It's a fee that's pretty much standard in our business," said Ryan... The Ducks, Ryan said, have not reneged on a promise made when the lockout ended last summer to not raise season-ticket prices this coming season. They also had rolled back prices this past season by as much as $9 a seat. Other teams, such as Ottawa, made similar promises or reduced prices. And even though the Ducks advanced to the Western Conference finals, they are expected to lose money this season, as much as $15 million, according to General Manager Brian Burke.more (reg. req.)
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