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The Cost Of Tickets In Seattle

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

To say some local hockey fans gulped when initial NHL Seattle season-ticket prices were released last week would be inaccurate — it’s tough to swallow while spitting out coffee or enduring other reflexive actions after learning 44-game packages will cost from $12,540 to $15,620 for the 2,600 priciest seats.

We’ve warned NHL prices aren’t for the faint of heart, but seeing them in black and white seems to have some fans fainting while grasping for their hearts.

Sticker shock? Try toaster-in-your-bathtub shock.

That said, prices for “club level” seats here aren’t out of whack with premium tickets in New York; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Denver; Philadelphia; Las Vegas and elsewhere.

And for those citing prices in Detroit, Buffalo, or wherever else housing costs a fraction what it does here, take a breath. Our city’s relative wealth obviously factored, as did NHL Seattle being a new team with zero on-ice baggage playing in a new arena (under the same roof).

Sure, NHL Seattle isn’t exactly offering club-seat bargains. They even tried softening the blow by stating general season-ticket prices — to be released next year — will start as low as $50 per night. But that’s still right on the league’s mid- to upper-tier border for the priciest among lowest-cost seat options and not comparable to $13.50 in Anaheim, $14.70 in Colorado, $20 in San Jose and $24 in Columbus.

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It’s a little weird to condescendingly tell people to “take a breath”
- and then both effectively dismiss Buffalo and Detroit as cheap garbage cities - and cite a high housing prices as an excuse to charge exhorbitant ticket prices in Seattle.

I think I’ve read a couple dozen times already how “inclusive” everything about this Seattle team is going to be.

Looks like that’s the going to be the usual painstaking, heavily-hyped inclusivity with the usual almost complete blind spot when it comes to money and working class fans.

Yes it’s a product for sale. It’s not essential for anyone to go to an NHL game.
But this columnist comes off as embarrassingly tone deaf.

 

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/22/19 at 02:21 PM ET

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Is it me (or is it a typo?) or is 44 game packages a weird number to offer? All 41 regular season home games this year, and 3 next year/playoffs? Has to be a typo, right?

Posted by Steeb on 10/22/19 at 02:51 PM ET

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is it me (or is it a typo?) or is 44 game packages a weird number to offer? All 41 regular season home games this year, and 3 next year/playoffs? Has to be a typo, right?


Includes Pre season games, I’m pretty sure. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 10/22/19 at 05:53 PM ET

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