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    For those with season tickets you know that preseason games are included in your package and you can't avoid them. We've had some interesting discussions about this on other boards and I wanted to see what the community thought of preseason Kings games. Do you watch or attend them?

    My personal feeling is I don't attend them and I either sell my preseason tickets for ~40%-50% of face (about all they're worth) and if I can't do that I donate them to charity and let some kid go for free. I also do not watch any preseason games. Many fans have told me they like them cause they want to see the kids play and see what we have in our system. But I've never been interested in games that don't count so it's not for me. Curious to know if people here enjoy preseason games or do you avoid them as well. Thoughts?
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    Waste of time...IMO...for viewing. Important for coaches and staff...but really just an organized work out for the club & it's youngsters.

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    For the spectator they are basically worthless, but I do love the bitching about them when an aging veteran isn't going balls to the wall in a split squad game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerfuffle View Post
    For those with season tickets you know that preseason games are included in your package and you can't avoid them. We've had some interesting discussions about this on other boards and I wanted to see what the community thought of preseason Kings games. Do you watch or attend them?

    My personal feeling is I don't attend them and I either sell my preseason tickets for ~40%-50% of face (about all they're worth) and if I can't do that I donate them to charity and let some kid go for free.
    For the past 4 seasons we've had season seats, and none of our season seat group of 4 ever used them. Many we couldn't even give away for free. They are as useless as the ropes used to hang banners in the rafters at SAP Center.
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    I don't see why a pre-season game would be waste if the Kings happen to play a lot of rookies in the game. To me that's no different than the highly popular Kings annual development camp.

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    I still remember the stupid "We want Quick!" chants from some people in section 302-303 during our first split squad game against the Coyotes. Loved the response from someone in my section (304). "It's PRE-SEASON!!!!!!!"

    Truthfully, I hate that we have to pay full price for a pre-season game. They should definitely be free or half off for season ticket holders. But hey, at least I got to say that I saw Thomas Hickey play in a Kings uniform...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCKingsFan1 View Post
    For the past 4 seasons we've had season seats, and none of our season seat group of 4 ever used them. Many we couldn't even give away for free. They are as useless as the ropes used to hang banners in the rafters at SAP Center.
    I always look at the opponents and if we play preseason games against original 6 teams then I can at most get 50% of face value for the tickets. This coming preseason we are playing Detroit, Montreal, and the Rangers. I've already sold the Rangers for 50% and hopefully can get the same for the other 2 games. The bad years are when we play Minnesota, Columbus, or Nashville in the preseason cause I can't sell them for even 20 cents on the dollar. But I found a way to avoid eating them - I just donate them to charity and then I deduct the full the face value of them for my income taxes. Thankfully it's only 3 preseason games and not 10. But we do have several people that I've discussed this with in Chicago that go to the games because they feel they paid for them and therefore need to use the tickets. Others enjoy the 'training camp' atmosphere and like to see what's coming up through the system. For me I could care less - I just can't get motivated for a game that doesn't count.
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    Yea it's a shame that they charge what they do for preseason games...
    I do think it's a great opportunity to check out the prospects, especially since most of them end up playing far away from southern California (Manchester) once the regular season gets going..
    Many of us here have an appetite for anything Kings-related... and that includes seeing our prospects play~

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    Last season was the first time they discounted our preseason tickets to equal the same ticket price that season ticket holders pay for all regular season games. Not much of a savings still - I agree they should be at least 50% off for preseason.

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    Go and look forward to them. There're kids in the system that I only ever hear about. It's nice to put a game to the name.

    As for paying for 'em, my seat is $12.50 a game. Another $25 on top of my regular season price is practically nothing.It often pays for me to have been around when we sucked balls.


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