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12-18-2012, 02:59 AM
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Originally Posted by yunost View Post
That has bothered me for a while as well. Quiet alot actually. In an attempt to find out why, I did some research. It turns out that the reasons may be commercial.

Ak-Bars has by far the most expensive tickets in Russia. The average of each ticket is 616.7 R for every game. Including lesser opponents

For comparison Dynamo like many other teams has ticket prices that vary from categort to category(there are 4, tickets against elite opponents like SKA are more expensive) has an average of 537.5R for the top category opponents and just 287.5R for category 4, making the average price 412.5R for their home arena, while an average of 530.5R for Megasport arena, by the same averaging method.

Lokomotiv has an average ticket price of 580R at most

But the contrast gets even more sharp as we dwell into Ak-Bars' own conference:

Salavat has an average price of 550R

And the most shocking is Metallurg M, with category 1 tickets at an average of 400R and just 214R for category 4 making the average just 307R!!!! Half of Ak-Bars

What this means is that Ak-Bars with half the viewers of teams like Metallurg make just as much money.
4000 fans X 616.7 = 2,466,800 For Ak-Bars
6000 fans X 412.5 = 2,475,000 For Dynamo
8000 fans X 306.0 = 2,448,000 For Metallurg

go figure, and it gets alot worse for teams that are in the Eastern conference.

I know that generally the KHL does not try to become profitable from in-house attendance. At the same time, why does Ak-Bars maintain such high prices? Even by western standards 616.7 Rubles is 15.12 Euro so among Bratislava prices before the black market onslaught.

I would imagine that if Ak-Bars offered Metallurg prices their arena would be filled.

Does anybody have other insight?

Sorry, but your research for Kazan is quite inacurate.

1. Only the smallest part of the tickets is above your calculated average price. Maybe 200 seats in the 2 best sectors.

2. You probably mixed up playoff ticket prices with the regular season ones. The most expensive seats(outside the VIP booths) are 800 RUB. (Those I normally get as at least for me it's not expensive at all. I can't go to a whole lot of games due to work though.)

3. Most tickets are from 200 RUB(quite popular) to 500 RUB. An average price would be somewhere around 350-400 RUB.

4. There is a raise for games against Ufa(rivalry), MMg, Avangard, Lokomotiv, SKA, Dynamo Moscow.

5. As I said playoff prices are a different story. Still the KHL finals would be 1200 RUB in the best sector(+possible raise if AkBars would face one of the opponents mentioned above from the west)

6. Kazan is one of the wealthier cities in Russia. People earn good money. The ticket prices are not really a problem. Whereever you'd go out in Kazan you'd 'get rid' of by far more money compared to a hockey game.

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