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Originally Posted by santiclaws:2616236The whole thing just leaves a real bad taste in my mouth. The team sucked for so many years and at the first hint of success, at a game that is a celebration for so many long-time fans, they are charging the max the market can bear. And this is happening at the first game after a lockout? Other teams are trying to win back their fans by lowering concession prices, lowering merchandise prices - and this in towns where hockey has been a hot ticket for years. The Kings? The Kings hold a press conference to announce a commercial joint venture with a corporate giant and jack ticket prices because they can. Talk about tone deaf.
Hockey is not just entertainment. Much of its allure is the tradition, the legend, the history. It is a tradition that is reverently passed down from generation to generation. It is more than just a game to a whole lot of people. It is holy to them. How many fathers would love to take their kids to the game for this special celebration? Family of four, at $150 a seat in the nosebleeds, plus parking, concessions.... How many of them will have no chance, not even a hope, of taking their family to this game at $700+ for one night? To introduce the kids to what is so dear to them? Kings had a chance to introduce new fans to the game in a very special way. It is an opportunity lost, never to return. They went for a few dollars, instead. Does Phil Anschutz really need the money?
This has nothing to do with supply/demand. This has everything to do with goodwill and understanding that the game has a delicate mystique, a mystique that is easily lost. The Kings had a chance to say to fans that the game means a lot to them, too - even if that was not very sincere. Fans would believe, because they want to believe. And all they had to do was not change anything. Instead, the Kings are reminding fans that they are nothing but wallets with feet. The very same fans who sold out game after game even though the team was not very good. Yeah, it is a business. But it is a business built on stories and legends. It likes to pretend it is special. This is a reminder that it is really not special at all. It is all about dollars and cents. No more, no less. In the long run, I think it is just plain bad business.