Last edited by Birdman; January 15th, 2013 at 12:33 PM.
at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.
I think the lockout was a pretty good example of how the NHL is about business. In my case, after 12 years in the same seats my price is suddenly going way up this season because Luc and his team decided based on some analysis that they were undervalued. They are constantly looking for any way to generate additional $$, and with wages still fairly stagnant that requires creative thinking. (Please God, don't let them put the M on the game jerseys like they've done with the practice ones!) Dynamic pricing for popular games is just another way to maximize profit. Why leave money on the table for the brokers? Luc gets paid to increase revenue each year and he does it by finding more ways to squeeze it out of the fans. AEG has put itself up for sale so they want attract buyers by showing good numbers across all their various properties. Goodwill with the fans? That is now a thing of the past. This is just business now.
BTW, the fact that the Kings offered no big plans at their press conference to "win back the fans" shows something: they don't think they need to.
Game 6 last year was 250 dollars for the 300 level. Also, you do know that stokes only holds 18,118 (plus standing only tickets) for a hockey game.
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Also, they donated $1,000,000 to local LA based charities. I'm glad they did that rather than feed my fat ass a hot dog or two on Saturday.
Don't get me wrong, the donation was awesome. It was also an ass covering move AND it was cheaper than what the Penguins are doing with free concessions and discounts.
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Just to clear up a misconception that has been mentioned a few times in this thread... People keep asking how the Kings could do this "after a lockout..." and suggest that because of the lockout, the Kings should not have raised the price this high.
The fact is that the Kings had priced these tickets at the end of last season before the lockout was official. The individual game tickets went on sale BEFORE the lockout and opening night (09-11-12) sold out BEFORE the lockout. Even back then, the tickets were $155 for the cheap seats. I know this as fact as I bought 2 of them. Ticketmaster printed and shipped these tickets BEFORE the lockout.
An option was given to everyone that purchased opening night tickets. Get a full refund, or keep your seats for whenever opening night would end up being. The majority of people (from what I hear) decided not to receive the refund. This explains why it was so hard to find seats when they went on sale this past Monday, because the event was already almost sold out from the original sale date. It also means that the Kings could NOT lower the price as a sign of "goodwill" because of the lockout. They had already sold most of the tickets prior to the lockout for the $155 and up price tag. How could they sell the remaining tickets for less and be fair to those that had already bought them?
Anyway, I am not chiming it to argue the point, I just want to put to bed the ridiculous argument that the lockout should have effected the pricing of the opening night.
What have other teams done? I heard about the Pens. The others I've heard about are the Stars giving free tix to kids under 12, Lightning doing $200 season seats and the Ducks giving away a voucher for 50% off a future game. What do all those teams other than Pitt have in common? Low demand for tickets. Hardly a "Sorry for the lockout" gesture. Those teams would be doing something similar anyway, they need to get fans into seats.
The Kings donating $1,000,000 to our community is fine by me. Not going to hear me bitch about not getting a free soda or 50% off a t-shirt.
It is supposed to be a beautiful day on Saturday so just hang out by Staples and you will be able to find tickets at much lower prices than today. Just enjoy the atmosphere by LA Live. I believe it should reach into the low 70's by game time much better than the low 50's like it has been during the day. It will be a great day for all.