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Wild bump season ticket prices up an average of 4.5 percent

May 23, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

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However you feel about year one of the Zach PariseRyan Suter era in Minnesota, there’s no denying that the Wild are spending big.* Their fans are going to have to foot more of that bill next season, as the team raised ticket prices for 2013-14 by an average of 4.5 percent, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Wild COO Matt Majka defends the price bump.

“We’re continuing to provide an improved product, and along with that sometimes comes a price increase,” Majka said. ” … We feel that we’ve stepped up as an organization in a substantial way, but we respect the choices that fans have in front of them and we will continue to work with them.”

Here’s a little more from the report:

Majka said the average price of NHL ticket prices has increased 12 percent over the past three years. He said average ticket prices for Wild games ranks between 15th and 17th in the NHL.

Much of the same roster is locked up for next season, although the Wild have some key free agent decisions to make, particularly how (or if) they’re going to bring back Niklas Backstrom and Matt Cullen.

* – CapGeek puts their spending at $70 million for this past season, ranking them third overall in the NHL.

  1. devilsarethebest - May 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    What a waste of a playoff spot. Should have been the Jackets.

    • jrmehle - May 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Clearly a Devils fan who can’t get over losing Parise. It’s not like the Jackets would have made it past the first round either.

      • devilsarethebest - May 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        You never know with Bob at the top of his game…

      • jernster21 - May 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        The Wild really have no scoring power – the dagger was when Heatley got hurt and the funny thing is that they can’t hardly wait to unload his contract.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Jackets might’ve done more. They had more momentum, the ability to play a division rival tight and a hot goalie. Minnesota had…..not a lot. Wrong team guys. Should’ve went to Pitt or Det.

    • rsmaggiemae - May 24, 2013 at 3:22 AM

      I am from Minnesota, and I agree, the BlueJackets should have been in the playoffs
      They deserved it more than the Wild and had more spunk to thier game.
      I am not a Yeo fan, and think bringing him back for another year is a huge mistake, and also letting Hackett and Larrson go, even though we got Pomanville, those two were up and coming young players
      We just dont have another PMD puck moving defensemen who can score, or a
      sniper … no one seems to be able to take a quick wrist shot , they always have to wind up for the shot..
      I am not a Heatly,Setoguchhi, Spurgeon, Bouchard,Koivu and yes Cullen fan..
      They did nothing in the playoffs.
      All through the short season, it was always something as to why the Wild cant win, first it was no training camp, then we have to travel so much, then its injuries, what else.
      Just admit this team is not very good, there are a few very good players on the team, but the rest of them just show up for thier pay… I dont see the gusto to play the game like other teams do…
      I am sad to see Roy go to the Avs, he has fire in his eyes and he has been a great coach in the Quebec League for 8-9 years with winning seasons..
      I am sure it will be the same old thing as last year as far as how the Wild plays and now to raise the price of tickets is sad… I could see if they had made it to the finals but they were just lucky to get in and they really should not have made it in at all, the way they played the last 3 games, it was a embarrasement to our state..
      I did not renew my season tickets to the Wild due to thier play this year…it will be a while before I buy season tickets again

  2. 950003cups - May 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I’d love to see the Jackets make some noise. Or at best, sweep the Rangers with all the parts they traded for Nash. That was a pretty solid bunch of players. Now they have Gaborik too.

    Losing Parise sucked. But, he never really did too much in the post season. I never understood why. It’s like he just gets a black cloud over his head every April. But I’m over losing a player of that magnitude. It’s been almost a year.

    I’ll tell you this much. If they raised ticket prices because of Parise and Suter, then it’s a rip off. You’ll see.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - May 23, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I still remember the days of Penguin tickets costing $40 a piece for the E-Level seats…now you pay $80 for the top ring at Consol

    • JoeAvg - May 23, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      $40? You’re a youngster. If my memory is right, I used to pay $8 before Mario.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 23, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        Im only 20 years old

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Every team raises prices as the years go on. The top level end seats at Xcel Energy Center during the Wild’s first season was $10 a piece. Last year they were $33. I’m sure by 2025 they will be pushing $60.

    • jernster21 - May 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      $10 the first year is to get people to show up (not that anyone needed the incentive.) My season tickets with the Avs are $23 face value for upper level seats (8 rows up), normally ~$31-33 and $85 lower face (16 rows up).

  5. csilojohnson - May 23, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Is there another number other then 16 between 15 and 17…..

  6. jacketsfan7 - May 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    It’s so fun to see people actually talking about CBJ

    • profsudz - May 24, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      About how they weren’t in the playoffs yet again?

      Yeah, I’ve had that conversation about 5000 times

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