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The NHL Panthers have given up their “controversial plan to charge pedestrians to walk onto [BankAtlantic Center] property,” though it will now “cost more to attend a game because the price of parking will be factored into the price of a single-game ticket,” according to George Richards of the MIAMI HERALD. There will continue to be a charge for parking for non-hockey events at the arena. During the ’05-06 season, the team charged $15 per car to park at BankAtlantic Center for Panthers games, and in March it told season-ticket holders it was planning “to charge pedestrians $5 to walk onto arena property from nearby Sawgrass Mills.” The Panthers instead released a new pricing plan for single-game tickets, which will be offered “in two tiers, with premium games costing more than second-tier games.” Single-game tickets for “A” games will increase by $12 this season, and “B” games will go up by $7. A $17 ticket in the 400 level will be offered for all games, which is “$3 less than the cheapest advance ticket offered last year.” The $8 tickets released on game days are expected to “be offered as well,” with a yet-to-be-determined price (MIAMI HERALD, 7/18).
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PACK THE PARK: In St. Louis, Derrick Goold reported the Cardinals are MLB’s “third team to surpass two million in attendance this season, joining the Yankees and the Dodgers.” Through Sunday, the Cardinals’ average attendance of 42,534 ranked third in MLB, behind the Yankees and Dodgers. The Cardinals, who sold out their first 48 games, played the first month of the season “without a section of seats opened” at the new Busch Stadium (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 7/17)....The Red Sox reached the 1.5 million attendance mark in their 42nd game, “their fastest yet.” It took 43 games last year (BOSTON HERALD, 7/18).
JAM SESSION: SI.com’s Jon Heyman cited a friend of A’s P Barry Zito, who becomes a free agent after this season, as saying that he “wants to go to a big market ‘so he could sell his music,’ and believes he would prefer one of three teams: 1) Dodgers (his parents live in the Los Angeles area), 2) Mets, 3) Yankees” (SI.com, 7/17).
The Bills have sold 47,246 season tickets, the most since the team’s last Super Bowl season in ’93, and the first four games of the regular season are almost sold out, despite a 5-11 record last season and the “off-season overhaul of the front office and coaching staffs” (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 7/18).
SOUL MAN: AFL Soul co-Owner Jon Bon Jovi, in a Q&A with the N.Y. POST’s Dan Aquilante, said, “When I bought the team I thought I was going to be like [Yankees Owner George] Steinbrenner. I was going [to] be the guy sitting in the box smoking footlong cigars. I didn’t understand the work until I had to do it.” Bon Jovi noted ten of the 19 AFL teams “are owned by NFL organizations, and whatever they need is there for them. When I bought the team, we didn’t even own helmets or shoulder pads. We had nothing –- I actually went to Modell’s to buy that kind of stuff” (N.Y. POST, 7/18).