I have saved 30 bucks a month on my Cable bill. Not getting the Center ice package without hockey. I might not even get it when they come back. The NHL is a business and when the NHL does come back I suggest to my fellow fans not to buy anyhting the NHL brand. Make it hurt them in the wallet. Then they will know not to hold the business above the paying fans.
$75 for a divisional game in Newark but only $50 for one at MSG in Manhattan? I'd venture a guess that you don't go to New York very often. Have to factor in incidentals too, I'd say your numbers are pretty conservative.
Those were based on StubHub prices I saw several months back. I would be willing to fork over more money for better seats at a Devils game. Whereas I'd just get the cheapest ticket possible to do the MSG doubleheader since I'd be doing it for the experience.
The MSG doubleheader was also on a NFL Sunday which possibly caused tickets to be a little cheaper than anticipated. The Giants were hosting the Steelers at the same time as the Rangers/Flyers game. The cheapest seats for the hockey game were in the $50 range, at least the last time I checked in early October.
I wasn't trying to imply that a Devils/Penguins game ticket would cost more than a Flyers/Rangers ticket. I had a spreadsheet going to cheap a ballpark estimate of my expenditures for that trip and those were the numbers. Like you said, I didn't really factor in incidentals like transportation.
600~ for 4 or 5 games 2 seats + parking and beers at the game and before the game probably comes close to 750. If the lockout becomes the whole year I typically go to 3 or 4 playoff games so double that number and add some.
I've probably lost money from the lockout. I go to 4 games a year, but I get those tickets for free and I never buy any concessions and park a few blocks away for free.
I made a trip to Erie to get a hockey fix and spent $100 on a hotel, $50 on gas, $30 on tickets, and probably $50 on food. So that's around $230 that I may or may not have spent.
The only thing I have done is made a point not to buy any NHL licensed merchandise, but I don't know that I would have bought anything anyways since I just bought a couple jerseys last year, only thing I passed on is NHL 13.
I did tell my family not to buy me any NHL related gifts for christmas, though. I'd literally rather have them give whatever they were going to spend on that stuff to charity and get nothing.
Dang, only $10 for food and more than one drink??? One stinkin' empanada and one drink is $11 down here!! That's why I very rarely buy food or a drink at the arena.
Allow me to explain ... The Sabres season ticket holders get a "SabreBucks" card. Good for merch or food at the arena. I usually get $55-57 on it for being a STH. I spend about $8 of that per game because my wife and I usually get hot chocolates before the game starts. But then, I pay out of pocket for anything else we may get throughout the game. A pretzel, or popcorn, a couple waters or Pepsi's. It usually comes to about $10 give or take out of pocket. So it's actually $16-18 per game, but not all out of pocket.
No. It's 5 seats. $7000 a seat. $35,000 for the tickets. $5000 in booze, food, 50-50, merch..etc
I ansolutley hate going out to clubs, bars, lounges etc, so the games are my time to socialize with friends. I have 3 seats in a row and then 2 seats the row under. I usually sell the 2 seats to friends or long term buyers. 35 out of 41 nights I sell the pair and take 2 friends, family with me in the other 3.
Haven't spent anything on an NHL related product in about two years. Even if there had been a full season, the spending habits related to the NHL wouldn't have changed. Too many other important expenses took precedence.
With the toxicity of this stoppage, and real life playing a far great role; the budget on anything NHL related will stay the same in the future. Zero.
Always will love and follow hockey. Doesn't mean I have to spend my money to do that.