Price hike for Preds
Nashville was 23rd in the league last season in announced attendance, and likely even lower when only paid attendance is the measuring stick (they averaged 13,815 per game). In light of that, Preds management has an interesting strategy to better fill the building:
The Predators will raise single-game ticket prices by an average of about 25 percent for the coming season, vice president Steve Violetta said Tuesday.Nearly half of Nashville's home games next season have been designated either premium or premium-plus, and you better believe those include games against the ever-popular Red Wings, who seem to have more than a few faithful fans in the Tennessee area.
In addition, the team will expand on the policy of variable pricing that it started in 2006-07, meaning single-game tickets will come in three different categories — regular games, premium games and premium-plus games.
Oh, right... and then there's this:
The team must average at least 14,000 fans in paid attendance to keep a lease between the city and the Preds intact. They averaged 13,815 last year.The interesting business here is that plug-pulling owner Craig Leipold is still making the decisions regarding things like player movement and pricing, with the local group of business leaders hoping to buy the team only being "aware" of what's happening.
I'm afraid I don't have any inside information into what's happening with the sale, but The Globe's David Shoalts did mention that there were snags in a recent blog item on the NHL board of governors' annual fall meeting.