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NHL EXPANSION BLUE JACKETS AND THRASHERS SET TICKET PRICES
Published May 12, 1998
The NHL expansion Blue Jackets will have an average ticket price of $47.50 when they begin play in 2000-2001, according to Craig Merz of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. In all, the team will have 17 different seating venues at Nationwide Arena, ranging from $15 for '97-98 ECHL Columbus Chill season-ticket holders to $125 for center ice lounge "premium" seats. In order to qualify for the $15 seats, Chill season-ticket holders must purchase a PSL for $500 and pay $645 for a 43-game package (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/11). In Columbus, Mike Pramik reported that as many as 15,500 seats at the 18,500-seat arena will be held by PSLs owners, and the PSLs will range from $500 to $4,000, with 64% of them costing less than $2,000. So far, more than 11,000 ticket requests have been made (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/10). SUITE DEAL: The Blue Jackets also revealed prices and other details of their 36 executive suites and 22 loges. The suites are priced at $118,500, $128,500 and $138,500 and average about $130,000. The loges are priced at $58,500 and $68,500 and average $64,000. Income from the suites and loges goes to the team, and if they are fully leased, the Blue Jackets will receive $5.5M in the first year. Income from PSLs and 16 Founders suites goes to Nationwide Insurance Enterprise to pay for arena costs. Founders suites cost a one-time fee of $2.5M. Founders suites and PSLs "are expected" to raise $40-60M (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/12). THRASHERS: The NHL expansion Thrashers announced ticket prices ranging from $10 to $70 for their inaugural '99-2000 season. Price levels for season tickets are $10, $24, $35, $40, $45, $50, $55, $65 and $70. The average season-ticket price is expected to be $45 (Thrashers). In Atlanta, Steve Hummer: "Just as feared, the numbers were high, reflective of the fact that hockey players are as overpaid as any other professional athlete" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/12).