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Season-ticket sales on the rise around the NHL

Jun 19, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

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File this under “reasons to avoid a lockout” – according to SportsBusiness Journal, season-ticket sales are going just swimmingly around most of the NHL.

Among the notables:

—- Dallas Stars, up 5 to 10 percent

—- Florida Panthers, new sales up 148 percent compared to this time last year

—- Los Angeles Kings, expect to sell out of season tickets for the first time since moving to the Staples Center in 1999

—- St. Louis Blues, new sales up “significantly”

The only team that reported decreased sales was Columbus.

Six teams — Calgary, Carolina, Colorado, Edmonton, the New York Islanders and New York Rangers — declined to comment. Of those six, Carolina, Colorado and the Islanders would be the most interesting to know.

  1. govtminion - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Interesting that Colorado crowed for years about their sellout streak at McNichols Arena and Pepsi Center until the team took a nosedive, and now they won’t talk about ticket sales at all. I’m not sayin’… I’m just sayin’.

    • jernster21 - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      It’s because the ticket prices are the same as when they were winning Stanley Cups. Until they adjust prices according to the product on the ice, they aren’t going to sell out; when they put a winner back on the ice, people will come.

  2. jernster21 - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    For the “fairly casual” hockey fan, Colorado is offering some pretty sweet specials on “half” season lower bowl tickets, and technically, it’s a full season, but half of the season is upper bowl, half lower bowl. For the hardcore fan like myself, where I actually have a preference where I sit, the season tickets are ridiculously priced. I’ll continue to buy 15-20 single game tickets to sit where I want instead. I actually make good money too, but you have to be rich to afford good season tickets in Colorado.

  3. rushledger - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Get your act together Columbus it’s one thing if you wanna embarrass yourselves but please don’t do it to the rest of the league.

  4. scottfmullin - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    See? There are hockey fans in Florida too

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      Yes, they increased their season ticket holders from 2 to 5. Let’s break out the cake and streamers.

      • scottfmullin - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:42 AM

        That’s ridiculous: how could an NHL team be supported with only 2 season ticket holders? That makes no sense

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        I keed. But for realz yo, I saw a new first for me watching the Panthers in the playoffs: empty seats in Florida’s arena. Even Phoenix supports its team enough to show up in the playoffs.

  5. 82pquad - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    A lock out would ruin the NHL. They have got the momentum that the NBA had lost.

  6. pantherpro - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Get a team in Seattle now!!!!

  7. jimw81 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Fehr and players has so much leverage now on owners. I said it again this CBA is about power. Fehr wants to give players some of power they lost after two lockouts.

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