I've basically decided that I'm not going to go unless they make the playoffs. It's not a protest...I just don't want to go all the way downtown to uncomfortably watch a game in near silence. If it's the playoffs and people/players are excited, then I'll pay up.
But we were in the playoffs for 2/3's of the season.
Why can't people who work in an office be a fan of a team? These "suits" are also known as season ticket holders. You are not getting these tickets, because these die-hards will not let them go.
This is one of the stupidest stereotypes that exist.
The ACC isn't loud, because the problem goes all the way back to the last seat. A few rows of suits should not somehow quiet the whole building. Let's stop using this excuse. I've had bad looks thrown my way for cheering in the nose bleeds. This city has so many introverts, it's pathetic.
The in-arena vibe and entertainment is horrible.
Here's a hint, next time you create a poll; maybe try not to influence the results with your initial post.
Another thing, you will likely not find anyone who went to 21+ games. Including the so-called "suits".
It's common practice to buy season tickets, and sell individual games out to the public; paying for your season tickets.
Sorry, the purpose of this thread wasn't to generalize or stimulate further stereotypes.
It was imprtant to me that people mentioned whether or not they paid 'sticker price'. I'll elaborate later.
If a mod could add 0 as an option would be great also, I had a DOH moment there
Moved to the area a few years ago and finally went to my first game at the ACC a couple of weeks back (I must be good luck 'cause they snapped their 11 game home losing streak in that game). I don't even like the Leafs but I think it's a rite of passage for any hockey fan living in the GTA.
Oh and I scalped for my tickets of course, but my tickets were actually marked down from the sticker price.
I went to 11 - 9 in other cities (I'm from Toronto). 2 x Toronto, 2 x Buffalo, 1 x Ottawa, 1 x Montreal, 1 x Boston, 1 x Carolina, 1 x Washington, 1 x Tampa, 1 x Florida
For the price you pay it is WELL worth it to travel to the games - for one you get to see the east coast, your saving money on tickets, and you have a great time.
In the 11 games, I only saw 2 wins (lol) but saw Phil's Hatty against Ottawa. Only road win was in Tampa Bay (part of a three game trip, so if they lost all three I was going to shoot myself)
On average it costs us $500 for a trip - the most we paid for tickets was $120 and NEVER over face. Almost all tickets were bought from Season ticket holders on Craigslist (except florida, who I bought from a panthers sales rep for under face, lol!)
To put it in perspective, the cost of our three game trip in March including tickets, hotels, flights & gas was about the same price as 2 plat tickets, dinner, and parking at the ACC. Same thing with a 3 day weekend in Boston.
Tampa bay ranks as the best experience, we had front row 200 level tickets with vip parking, FULL gourmet buffet for the entire time (5:30pm till 1 hour after the game) and all you could drink for $120/ticket. It was an unreal deal in my books - I'm 6'5, 300lbs, I ate probably 50 chicken wings, 5 plates of pasta/pizza/food and had about 35 (small cups) beers. Can't beat that in my books, lol!
If anyone is looking for tips or questions on any out of market games shoot me a PM, I've researched almost all of them now and should be hitting another 10 next year. Hoping to get all 30 done in 5 years, but that gets mighty agressive with the west coast lol
Originally Posted by GordieHoweHatTrick
Question for the fans: out of the games that you attended, did you pay 'sticker price' or a marked up price because the tickets were second hand?
As mentioned above, ZERO over face - you don't have to pay over face (even in Toronto) you just have to be watching closely. You can buy tickets from ticketmaster on game days, look for promotions to get them, or buy them from Seasons Ticket holders.
Slightly related, I'm looking to plan a bus trip (non-profit) to Columbus or Pittsburgh next year for a leafs game - both would be same day return I think, both would be under $100ish. Hoping to get a whole section rented out or a couple suites. I'll make a thread about it when I get more info / after CBA gets worked out but if anyone is interested let me know!