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The Cost Of Winter Classic Tickets

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

There are many ticket outlets that offer a variety of high-priced Winter Classic tickets. A website called ticketliquidator.com, for instance, lists its cheapest ticket at $601 (Sections 101-148) and its most expensive at $41,466 (a luxury suite for a group of people).

John Bakley, 41, a Mantua Township resident who works as a teacher’s assistant at Gloucester County College, is among the many season-ticket holders upset with the handling fees for his tickets. He purchased two tickets that were just below the mid-level price for the Winter Classic at $149 each. The fees for the tickets totaled $67.50, he said. Bakley was also forced to buy two tickets to the alumni game (he paid $72 each, plus fees that totaled $32) and two tickets to the Adirondack Phantoms-Hershey Bears AHL game ($33 each, plus fees that totaled $6).

All told, Bakley paid $508 for two tickets to each of the three games. He said he would not have purchased the tickets to the Dec. 31 alumni game or Jan. 6 AHL game if it wasn’t mandatory. His fees for the tickets: $105.50.

“It’s not criminal, but it should be,” Bakley said. “You can’t find anyone who can justify it - short of having Reggie Leach personally bring me the tickets.”

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My neighbor is a season ticket holder and he’s contemplating not even getting tickets as the cost is just astronomical. The alumni game is $75 per ticket and the Phantom’s game is $50 per ticket. From what he told me, the lowest price they offered was $125 up to $350 per ticket for the Winter Classic game itself. By the time he factors in parking, tolls, etc., he’s looking at the cost of this reaching almost $800 for the 3 “events” if he were to go to all of them. And if he tried to sell the non-classic off, he’d most definitely take a loss on the alumni and Phantoms games.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 10/24/11 at 11:34 AM ET

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