Here's an update on the Devils.
Allowing season ticket holders to purchase additional seats to games at a discount... which does nothing for casual fans.
Sounds like the Preds are doing the same. I disagree, though...I think this is a good idea to bring in casual fans and should be done more often. It gives the diehards a good outlet to get the fans who haven't witnessed live hockey, the STH's passion, a chance to do so.
Half a day into the first day of single-game ticket sales, and Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka says the Wild's already had the biggest "on-sale" day in franchise history.
Majka wouldn't provide a figure, but he says he is blown away.
Also, as all the Hockey Lodge locations hold a 50% off sale today on in-stock merchandise, it's clear items are flying off the shelves. From my eyes at the X, it's been beyond packed. And reports and pictures from Twitter demonstrate the same thing at the other locations.
Posters are saying there were 1-2 hour waits to check out and the shops were picked over like mad.
With the offseason signings, the Wild also picked up 4,000 new season ticket holders.
It's just frustrating after so long, and so many people supporting them, this is how they repay the fans.
By pricing most of them out of the game. Bravo.
I've been looking at Stubhub and it seems that (aside from the banner raising game) that you can still get decent tickets in the upper deck for less then $25 each and tickets in the lower bowl for under $75 each so I think it is still reasonably affordable compared to many markets.
Jackets opener all but sold out, just a few scattered singles left. Other games going well too, season ticket sales are actually up....all this for a team that everyone but the locals have picked to finish dead last.........again!
PollakOnSharks 4:56pm via Web #SJSharks say all but 200 tickets sold for home opener 1/24 vs. PHX, but another 800 set aside per NHL requirement could be available later.
(Tickets went on sale this morning.)
Habs are offering what seems to be the norm for this year.
a) Open to public intra-team scrim today - 17/01 - (includes ONE popcorn, chips and soda).
b) Open to public Centre Bell at 9AM saturday, 19th January, to allow fans to attend both Habs and Leafs team morning practices (includes ONE popcorn, chips and soda).
c) They also offer 50% at the la Boutique des Canadiens (team pro-shop) but only between 17th and 19th of January.
d) The admission to Habs Hall of Fame will be free on 19th and 20th of January
e) Finally, they posted a video of Youpi (their mascot) running thru Downtown Mtl distributing giftcards to random people.
As your fans prepare for the opening face-off of the 2012-13 season, we thank you for your patience and we apologize to you for the time we've missed. From today forward, we will do everything we can to make this season worth the wait.
We are committed to earning back your trust and support the same way it's earned on the ice: with hard work and unwavering dedication. Your cheers drive us forward, and we're committed to making you proud to be a fan -- by delivering a game with the action, the skill and the intensity you deserve.
Like you, we've missed NHL hockey. We've missed the clutch goals, the big hits, the electrifying saves. We've missed the flash of the red light, the sound of the sire, and the way the building shakes when the home team scores.
It's time to focus on the best athletes in the world, on the enduring greatness of the game, and -- above all -- on the connection that binds fans, players and families everywhere. NHL hockey is the best in the world. The future is incredibly bright. So let's drop the puck and marvel at all the remarkable things the players do with it.
With respect and appreciation,
The National Hockey League
P.S. The teams are planning special events and unique opportunities to welcome you back. We hope you'll get in on the action. And again, thank you.
Edit to add:
Starting Friday, the city will be coated in a wave of blue and white through a range of community activations as the team gets ready for its Season and Home Openers. Friday will also mark the start of the Leafs Mobile Fanzone’s trek across the city which will see more than 7,000 prizes distributed.
The Leafs will ambush three city rinks previously refurbished by the MLSE Team Up Foundation. The ambushes will feature murals, full rink board graphics, Zamboni wraps, giveaways and appearances/autograph opportunities. The outdoor rink at Nathan Phillips Square will also receive the full Leafs treatment and in celebration of the Home Opener, the Maple Leafs will cover the costs of skate rentals on January 21.
January 18 – 25 - Leafs Mobile Fanzone in the Community – over 7,000 giveaway items including Leafs and Marlies tickets, sweaters, gloves, pucks and hats
- Leafs Nation Rink Dedications – three rinks previously refurbished by the MLSE Team Up Foundation will receive special Toronto Maple Leafs makeovers including full rink boards treatment, graphic murals, zamboni wrap, player and alumni appearances and giveaways
January 18 – 21 - The Blue and White Crew will be distributing opening night tickets to fans proudly wearing their Leafs gear in and around the city
January 21 - Nathan Phillips Square rink activation – free skate rentals, ticket giveaways, Leafs alumni and Marlies appearances and a special Leafs treatment for the rink
(Home Opener) - Alumni greeting fans and making suite visits
- Free scarf giveaway upon entrance
- Free Coke fountain drinks all game
- ‘Tonight It’s On Us’ – E11even, RSA, RSBG, Air Canada Club, Platinum Club, Hot Stove tabs for randomly selected customers
- 100 Leafs sweaters being given away
Last edited by Charon of Styx: 01-18-2013 at 09:51 AM.