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Avalanche Fall 326 Fans Short Of
Extending Record Sellout Streak
EARLY RETURNS: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that it was “too early to be concerned about attendance around the league, which seems to be lagging significantly in some markets.” Bettman: “It’s a little premature two to three weeks into the season to be writing attendance stories.” But in L.A., Chris Foster notes the Kings announced a five-year low attendance last Thursday, the same night the Blackhawks announced a crowd of 8,008. The Kings last season had “only one crowd below 17,000” and had “five capacity crowds” in nine October games. This season, the Kings “have had only one capacity crowd,” through their first five home games (L.A. TIMES, 10/17). In a separate piece, Foster reports 17,417 attended last night’s Red Wings-Kings game, “which was heavily underwritten” by Red Wings fans. While it was the second-largest crowd at Staples Center this season, “it was the first time the Kings have failed to sell out a game against the Red Wings since the arena opened” in ’99 (L.A. TIMES, 10/17).
Tigers Fans Snap Up Allotment Of 10,000
World Series Tickets In 30 Minutes
Angels Raising Prices Of
Most Tickets For Next Season
ROYALS: In K.C., Bob Dutton wrote the Royals, despite a third-straight 100-loss season, will raise ticket prices for the second time in three years. The increase applies to all seats in Kauffman Stadium and ranges from a $1 increase in the corners of the upper deck “to a $25 jump, from $200 to $225, for the crown seats.” The Royals’ average ticket price of $13.71 in ’06 was the lowest in baseball. Team officials said that the average “will remain less than $15” in ’07 and that “more than 20,000 of their 40,758 seats will sell for less that $14 when bought on an individual-game basis.” Also, tickets for eight games will be offered at a 50% discount to residents of Jackson County (MO) “in return for county residents approving a referendum to fund a renovation of Kauffman Stadium” (K.C. STAR, 10/14).
Some Question Teams’ Partnerships
With Online Ticket Resellers
In St. Paul, Charley Walters cites a source as saying that the T’Wolves “could lose nearly” $30M between last season and the upcoming season, and that it “wouldn’t be surprising for some of the Wolves’ limited partners to be asked to invest more capital” (PIONEER PRESS, 10/17).
STEADY COURSE: While the Buccaneers have started the season 1-4, team officials said that they “don’t see evidence of a broad decline in ticket demand.” Bucs Dir of PR Jeff Kamis said that every home game this season “is sold out, while the waiting list for season tickets is at an all-time high of 130,000.” StubHub PR Dir Sean Pate said that the average sale price of Bucs tickets sold on the Web site for the first two home games was $155 each, up from an average of $134 last season (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 10/14).
WHALE OF A JOB: In Vancouver, Ed Willes wrote the hiring of Chris Zimmerman as President & CEO of Canucks parent Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment “signals something of a new era” for the team. The Canucks “might have maxed out virtually every imaginable revenue stream,” but the team “is still running on the momentum of the Brian Burke administration.” The Canucks missed the playoffs last season, but have sold “virtually every ticket for every game this season. The suites are also sold. And the merchandising is through the roof.” Zimmerman: “Sometimes it’s easier to come in when things aren’t going well. You can look at five things that need fixing and go, ‘There are some easy wins.’ That isn’t the situation here” (Vancouver PROVINCE, 10/15).