Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Canadiens raise ticket prices
Teams embrace 'we lose, you pay' model

Following in the trend of Canadian teams that miss the playoffs yet raise ticket prices, the Montreal Canadiens joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in an unholy union today with this fun bit of news:
If you have season tickets to Canadiens games at the Bell Centre, you’re going to be paying more money for them next season, despite the fact the team failed to make the playoffs this year.

The Canadiens have increased their ticket prices from about 3 to 5 per cent across the board for the 2007-08 season.
Dave Stubbs (and I'm guessing he handles all of the ticket-sales stories) has even more over at Habs Inside/Out, including the fact that some fans will see their season's tickets rise by more than 17 per cent due to the reclassification of some seats.

Not that the $8,100 package was reasonable to begin with.



At 5:55 p.m., May 16, 2007, Anonymous pete said...

Dave Stubbs (and I'm guessing he handles all of the ticket-sales stories)


At 6:31 p.m., May 16, 2007, Blogger El Brucio said...

I guess someone is paying for the Samsonov debacle after all.

At 7:03 p.m., May 16, 2007, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

Samsonov's contract, or those of the rest of the Habs, have nothing to do with the increase in ticket prices. The Habs are charging what they believe the market will bear. They sold out every game this past season, hence the reason for the increase. Ditto the Leafs and any other non-playoff club that did well at the gate.

At 9:54 p.m., May 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody has to make the supreme sacrifice so our friends in Nashville and Carolina can enjoy the game at subsidized prices.
It's because of our great interest in hockey in Canada that the NHL can cowtow to NBC and schedule game 5 of the Senators-Sabres series on Saturday afternoon of the Victoria Day weekend.

At 10:50 a.m., May 17, 2007, Blogger El Brucio said...

I realize, Lyle, that it's about the price reflecting the demand and nothing really personal. I was just making a pun.

You gotta wonder how long it is before the common folk are shut out of Montreal games, though. Which would be ironic considering the team's nickname.


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