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Blackhawks raising season-ticket prices 16%

May 2, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks are reaching for the top.

Except, in this case, their fans may not like it.

Per the Sun-Times, ‘Hawks season-ticket prices for the 2013-14 season are set to climb by an average of 16 percent.

And that doesn’t include the March 1 outdoor game at Soldier Field against the Penguins.

Chris Werner, the team’s vice president of ticket operations, tells the paper that the ‘Hawks have been forced to play catch-up when it comes to pricing relative to the rest of their peers around the league.

“It’s a major market team, and ownership and management have really updated so many things about this franchise,” he said.

“We’re trying to get the price point to what is appropriate for a major market team.”

Chicago led the NHL in attendance in 2013, averaging 21,775 through the gates at the United Center.

The average Blackhawks ticket cost $62.88, according to the Team Marketing Report Fan Cost Index (PDF).

The league average was $61.01.

Toronto had the most expensive ticket ($124.69); Dallas had the cheapest ($36.09).

  1. chicagobtech - May 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    If the ‘Hawks keep making the playoffs, and bring home another Cup or two, the season ticket holders will continue to pay.

    • comeonnowguys - May 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Yes, but they’re paying for the hockey hipster, declaring-your-hockey-fan-resume-before-any-point-you-make prestige.

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 2, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      I’ll continue to pay regardless. We gave ours up when we got tired of the cheap antics of Old Man Wirtz. He died, his son turned the franchise around and we came back. Win or lose, mine is a family of diehard fans, generation after generation.

  2. jkulha86 - May 2, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Thanks for coming back after we had a lockout, we really appreciate it! Oh by the way, we’re going to make you pay more money for tickets next season….

  3. giantssb42champs - May 2, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    I only watch or attend playoff games. And i wear dark rimmed glasses. Does that qualify me as a hipster?

    • pone27 - May 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Being your name involves giants, and assuming your from NY, you probably fit the bill. And yes, im from NY.

      For an out of state true Hawks fan who goes to at least 2 games at the Madhouse a year, and pays good money for tickets, looks like center ice package will be the only way I watch them next year, though I will try to get tix for the classic.

      Needless to say, if you compare how well the Hawks have played the past few years and their ticket prices, they are a bargain.

  4. adambballn - May 2, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    In fairness… they only had the 11th highest ticket prices in the league this season and have a high demand for tickets as evidenced by their season ticket holder wait list increasing during the lockout; supply and demand. The Hawks tickets aren’t terribly high if you can get them when they initially go on sale the problem with their tickets is it’s nearly impossible to get them unless you go through StubHub or another 3rd Party and those prices are absolutely insane.

  5. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Compared to how Dollar Bill Wirtz used to do things this is no big deal.

  6. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Oh and how about them Leafs at $125 to get in the door at the ACC. I remember the days when lil boys could go to the Garden for free……

  7. billsin20xx - May 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    At least they are raising their prices while fielding a tremendous team, vs the SABRES methods!
    The inept Sabres management announced their ticket price increase;

    – On the day of their last game of a lousy season-
    —- Which happened to be “Fan Appreciation Night”

    LOL, how stupid can you be to announce a ticket price increase the same day you are honoring your fans?

    • billsin20xx - May 2, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Oh and I forgot, they then explained that they weren’t wrong doing it that day, that any day the announced it something could be wrong, like it could be someones birthday or something…… lame or what?

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