Around the NHL (Part XXXIX): (1/9: Leafs fire Brian Burke as GM; Dave Nonis steps in)
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10-25-2012, 12:13 PM
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This is a good write up on the potential pricing out of the current Isles fans in Brooklyn.
The Barclays Center will seat around 14,500 for hockey and Bettman said that number could increase to about 15,000. He added that, compared to the Isles’ current home at the 16,234-seat Nassau Coliseum, “The thousand seats don’t make a material difference.”
Well, first, an extra thousand seats do make a difference. If the Islanders sold 1,200 more seats last season at their average ticket price, that would have represented an additional $2 million in revenue for Charles Wang’s team.
But here’s a bigger reason why Islander fans might find the small size of the Barclays Center problematic. Chances are that ticket prices for games in Brooklyn could end up being among the most expensive in the NHL.
With a reduced capacity, the team may be forced to charge a steep price in order to keep up with NHL economics,
Pains me to say it but Bettman is right. $2 million worth of cheap seats are irrelevant if they sell out the suites/luxury boxes. NVMC has 32 suites, Barclays has over 100.
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