Sole member of the Mark Visheau fan club.
anybody who earnestly thought that the Kings or the NHL would "reward" the long loyal fan hasn't been paying attention. Three lockouts. One just ended. The NHL isn't in the business of rewarding customers. No business is.
As for your fears of losing fans based on business practice...
What evidence is there in the last 100+ years of professional sports in North America that anything other than cancelling a World Series will have any negative impact on the financial strength of a league or a team?
The Kings went into Bankruptcy, missed the playoffs for 8 years, lost a full season................................
we're all still here. Not only are we all still here but every now and then someone we know is hired by the Kings or wins an autographed guitar or meets Bob Miller or has Bailey show up at our birthday party.
We're addicts. They know it.
As long as nobody is using their rent money or their baby food money to get their Kings fix I don't think anybody should get bent out of shape.
I was at Game 6. I'll probably have to miss the banner raising ceremony.
C'est la vie.
If you don't want to be price gouged... don't go.... watch on TV.
or you can use this site I just found.
The Web's Largest Ticket Search Engine - Sports, Concerts & More | SeatGeek ...pretty addicting.
Outta curiosity, what was the lowest face value for Game 6 and what did people pay for that? I ask because the Kings may've been able to sell, what? 23,000 tickets to this game if they'd priced them at $40? 27-30,000? More? Same as with Game 6.
The prices were gonna be high for this. Especially when you figure that there are more plan holders and season ticket members after the playoff run. And in thinking about it, if tickets ARE gonna go for $300 on Stub Hub or wherever, then I'm kinda glad the Kings are getting the lion's share of that.
Guys, this is ONE GAME. Yes, I know it's THE game, but still. It's not as if all those Thursday night games are gonna be this high. You can bring friends to see the banners some other night. It's not like they're going anywhere. And is this really the game that you wanted to introduce potential new fans to hockey? You can't do that on a Tuesday in March?
I know how much it sucks, but you guys haven't been priced out of concerts or anything before? And if the prices were that low, were you guaranteed to get tickets with everyone else trying?
At least it looks like all of it will be on TV.
Wait till the special DVD / Blu-ray combo pack of the Banner Raising Ceremony comes out for $44.99. Players may wear a one time patch on their sweater's Saturday afternoon, for which replica's will be on sale in Team LA. Just wait and see how much Cup related merch. will move, no doubt they're set to rake in some cash.
I blame Terry Murray, I'm guessing the Kings will use the extra revenue from the opener to pay down some of the salary they owe him; or maybe Alyn McCauley if he's still getting a check.
But seriously, here is what I expect to get for my money when going to a hockey game, in order of priority:
1. I pay for the privilege of watching the best athletes in ice hockey compete in my home town.
2. I pay to attend an event in a world class facility, with multiple seating and dining options
Those things don't change from game to game, and honestly, those are really the only tangible product / services my ticket entitles me to. Everything else is window dressing. Important game? Well, if enough people think so, well that is just the market's demand reflected in price. Emotion has zero to do with it, and any expectations that it does is a useful delusion, like Santi' talks about. STH's were taken care of, which is a benefit that come's from measurable loyalty / investment. Everyone else is just a transaction.
People are willing to by so why not. Bob was saying last night that the home opener has a higher demand compared to game 6. I'm just happy the Kings won the cup and get to raise the banner while I'm still on the diehard price. I don't event want to think of what the tickets will get raised to next season.