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Panthers introduce $7 seat sale

Jun 13, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers want YOU to attend a hockey game this season.

(One of theirs, preferably.)

For a limited time, the club is releasing 500 season ticket packages in which all seats costs $7 — yes, seven dollars.

If you thought the ticket price was nice, check out what else the Panthers have to offer (courtesy the Florida Sun-Sentinel):

The 44-game package for $7 a game is available for 500 seats in various locations in the 400 level of the BB&T Center, Panthers spokesman Matt Sacco said.

The deal includes parking, a Panthers jersey and a ticket to four concerts in a concert series for season-ticket holders.

This isn’t the first time Florida’s put together a sweetheart ticket package.

Last year, the Panthers offered 24 home games, 24 parking passes and a Panthers jersey for $173 — a deal one Canucks fan took advantage of, becoming (I suspect) the first ever Vancouver-area Panthers season ticketholder.

  1. billyhauntswizards - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    and of course back here in NYC I have to take out a second mortgage to go to a few games. :(

    • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Please move to Seattle!

      • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        I mean the FLA Panthers, not the NY Rangers fans. Although all New Yorkers who will chase off passive-aggressive Boston fans are welcome and hugely appreciated.

  2. Windmiller4 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    This is another one of Bettmans failed experiments. I recently went to Florida, and spent my time pretty close to Miami (about 45 minutes from where they play), and I can easily tell you this is not a hockey town. Funny thing about Florida, they have 2 NHL teams yet don’t know what hockey is. I drove around looking for a sports store to buy a pathers puck or something like that, and not only could I not find one, when i asked people where i could find one they would either not know what i was talking about, or they would say there isn’t anything remotely close. This city is too enthralled with the Heat to give a Sh!t about the Panthers. This little deal alone should be proof enough that the team needs to be moved. 20 years and they still haven’t built a solid fanbase, great idea Bettman

    • tmoore4075 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Not a fan of Bettman either but Miami was awarded a team before Bettman became commissioner. This wasn’t his baby.

      • Windmiller4 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Ahh my mistake. Still, the team desperately needs to be moved, it just doesn’t make sense to keep them there anymore

      • tmoore4075 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        I’m with you there. I was for giving them some time to rebound, cause they did well when they started there, but it’s time to move on.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        You guys are clearly clueless.

        First off Florida doesn’t play in Miami. They play in Sunrise which is a suburb of Fort Lauderdale.

        Secondly, when visiting their, they have all kinds of sports stores there. Apparently you missed the mall across the street from BB&T Center.

        Thirdly, Florida played to 99.7% to capacity and averaged over 15,000 fans a night. Sure their tickets are cheaper than the Rangers, but lets all be honest. Team make their money by charging you $9 for a watered down beer, $6.50 for a hotdog, and $4.75 for a 20 oz Coke.

        Fourthly, the Panthers have made the playoffs ONCE since 1999-2000. I don’t care what team or market your in, your not going to draw fans with a team like that.

      • tmoore4075 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        @ greatminnesotasportsmind yes I know the play in Sunrise. But you know why I said Miami was awarded a team before Bettman? Because when they were awarded a team they actually played IN MIAMI.

        I have no comment about buying merchandise, never tried and don’t care to. But his point was that in Miami he couldn’t find any merchandise. Sunrise is in the Miami media market. So if it’s true he couldn’t find stuff around the city of Miami that’s sad.

        Yes their attendance remained up this year. Not a total surprise coming off a good year in 2011-12. Their attendance before that was terrible. Yes they were bad for all those years and lost money every one of those years but after an uptick in 2012 they came smashing right back down this year. Hard to grow a fan base without consistency. And there were reports that the team is again for sale. We could have another Phoenix situation here.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        Might want to check your FACTS. Attendance was higher this year than last year. So I seriously doubt attendance was down. If it weren’t for a ton of injuries, Panthers would have had a better year.

        Not saying they will take the eventual Eastern Champs to game 7 overtime again, but should contend for a playoff spot.

    • dustinstauffer - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Don’t lump all Floridians in with the people in Miami. You are making an extreme generalization about people living within the state. Also Tampa has no issue selling games (look up the attendance figures). Florida actually is a very transient state. This means people move to more than people are native born. Take a wild guess where people move from. Places with horrid weather and hockey. So, there are people that know the game. The Panthers have had issues with attendance/sales forever. In Tampa even under the horrible management of “Ok Hockey” they were never as bad as the problems the panthers had. The reality is that without some success on the ice the “non-traditional” markets tend to struggle. Tampa won a cup and has made the playoffs a handful of times, the Panthers had one cup appearance in their early days and minimal playoff appearances.

      http://espn.go.com/nhl/attendance

      If you want to read up on who goes to the games (The jets are lower on the list only due to raw numbers, but Tampa is at 99.5% despite still having a team that has struggled since the loss in the ECF and it was similar #’s after that run and failing to make the playoffs)

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      And yet the Panthers sold more tickets than Nashville, Edmonton, Anaheim(!), Colorado, Winnipeg, Columbus, Phoenix and the Islanders.

      Edmonton and Winnipeg getting passes because they were at 100% capacity.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Your statement couldn’t be more ignorant. The state has several pro hockey teams and as someone who has coached hockey camps down there I can tell you that there are a ton of hockey players down there. The game needs to grow and it takes time. It’s why you’re finally starting to see players come out of the west coast at fairly substantial numbers.

  3. tmoore4075 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Yeah but look at the product you have to watch? Still $600 for two people to go for a full season isn’t bad at all. Especially with the extra stuff thrown in. I guess if I lived there I’d jump on that chance. Some good teams in their division starting next year.

  4. pepper2011 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Jeremy Jacobs is figuring out how to buy them all and sell them on stubhub for $28 per ticket. Also on a completely unrelated note – parking just went up by 25%

  5. madmax80 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    There is something off with those attendance numbers from ESPN (maybe the fact that some teams exceeded 100% should have tipped you off). I live 10 minutes from the BB&T center and I’m a big hockey fan (Go Bruins!!). I can tell you that the Panthers did not function at 99.7% capacity with 100% certainty. If you walk around the parking lot, you can buy lower bowl tickets for $10 – no joke.

    I made the mistake of buying a handful of tickets for various games when I moved down here. Now the ticket reps have my contact info. They stalk me like a crazy ex-girlfriend.

    Additionally, the hockey experience down here is terrible. They blast in loud commercials the second there is a stop in play. You can’t even talk to the person next to you. They have to announce when there is offsides or icing over the public address system.

    This is a true bastardization of the NHL experience.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      You lost me at your failure to understand how teams go over 100% capacity

      • madmax80 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Ah, yes – Mr. Literal. Yes – if you have standing room or add additional seats for certain games you can exceed capacity. But it is mathematically incorrect to talk about going over 100% capacity. The more likely scenatio when you see greater than 100% capacity is that ESPN does not have the most accurate data on the seating capacity of each and every arena.

        If you ever had any interaction with the Florida Panthers organization, you would know that this stat is off.

        If you are going to say that you did / do interact with the organization, then you are just blind.

        One of my coworkers had was a season ticket holder before they displaced her with that disasterous Club Red project. 2 Years ago she wanted to take a group of the workers to a Panthers gamearound the holidays as a gift. They just gave her 30 tickets for the game against the NYR for free – 3rd level between the blue lines. If you cannot sell out the NYR game in South Florida, it’s time to pack up and head to Quebec.

        This organization is pathetic.

      • 950003cups - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        I’m not Warren Buffet when it comes to business.

        But even I can tell you that if you’re accurately selling 99.7% of a products inventory, you are more likely to raise your prices, before you lower them to $7.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Some Wild games the attendance was 18,568 and it seats 18,064 for hockey which would be 102.7% to capacity

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      It doesn’t matter the team, if you look at the right places you can get tickets for any NHL game at a lower price.

      I took my son the Wild game vs Anaheim (Anaheim was 2nd in the West at the time and this was mid March with the Wild playing well and playing for a playoff spot.) I got 2 $102 dollar tickets for $60 a piece.

      I’m guessing you can get Islanders, Blue Jackets, etc. for $10 a game.

      Besides these $7 tickets are in the nose bleeds. Not like your getting lower level between the blue lines.

      The Panthers are just like the Timberwolves of the NBA. The team usually isn’t good and fans don’t usually show up. Once the team gets better, the fans start to show. The Wolves haven’t made the playoffs since 2004 and this resembles pretty close to that (Florida 1 time since 1999). 2 years ago the Wolves were selling season tickets to the same type of seats for $3

      • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        People have stopped going to Seattle Mariners games, and this town has a great fan base. God, they even like North American soccer. Sometimes, it’s management and ownership’s fault.

  6. pirovash88 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Wow, i’ll got to Florida to watch a $7 hockey game!

  7. hockeyflow33 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    I guess you could hop on a $59 Southwest flight, rent a crappy $20 car and a ticket and it would be cheaper than going to a B’s game

  8. Scott Mullin - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Panthers aren’t going anywhere, just get rid of that notion. The league hates moving teams (why they are so insistent on keeping Coyotes in Glendale), and they don’t need to anyway (attendance in Florida is not mearly as bad as you would imagine).

    And to answer a previous comment: No, the PA man dies not inform the crowd when there’s an icing or offsides. As a season ticket holder, I would know.

  9. bardown66 - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I hope huberdau and shore escape, they deserve way better than that.

  10. northstarnic - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Because hockey teams in southern markets make complete sense.

  11. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Because the NHL wants to move a team that draws 16,991 per game and 99.7% to capacity per game.

  12. hanisflyingsolo - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    They put two Florida teams in the north east division. There are two markets in Canada begging for a team. Enough said. Expansion won’t happen in east since they already have two extra teams and those two markets are itching to get hockey.

  13. blomfeld - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    YES BETTMAN ROCKS !!! :)

    BUT COULD HALFORD BE A ‘REVERSE’ COMMUNIST ? :(

    Not sure about you guys, but I absolutely love reading stories like this ! It’s like, good times man ! I mean seriously, for a lousy seven bucks you can go to an NHL game with a jersey thrown in for kicks ? … you’ve gotta seriously love it ! And to think that these Italian fruitcakes here in Vancouver want me to pony up CAD $300.00 ‘per person’ for me and mine to watch a bunch of perennial losers ? … what a total joke ! The bottom line is that this ‘idiocy’ will ultimately destroy the game which we’ve known and loved for decades. But while that’s sad, at least some of us are old enough to own ‘wonderful’ memories from the days then the game was managed and played the way it was ‘meant’ to be … and such memories can never be taken away from us !

    FLORIDA & BETTMAN = NHL HOCKEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

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